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Old 03-02-2015, 11:07 AM   #1
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??? for stocking a 55 gallon community tank

I'm going to be setting up a 55 gallon community tank and would like some feedback on my plans. I've had cichlid tanks in the past but this will be my first community tank. I'm thinking

4- German Blue Rams
8- Cardinal Tetras
8- Rummy-nose Tetras
3- Bleeding heart Tetras
8-Otocinclus Catfish

Would this be doable, or would it be over stocked?
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Old 03-02-2015, 11:47 AM   #2
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??? for stocking a 55 gallon community tank

Rams will probably pair off and are generally peaceful except when mating. I'd bump up the bleeding hearts to 5 they like schools. Also have read Otocinclus don't do well in new tanks it's better to let them be up and running a bit first.


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Old 03-02-2015, 01:30 PM   #3
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I would pick two of the tetra schools and then increase the amount in the school. Maybe get some corys. Just so you have something to scavenge missed food.


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I have a similar tank that I'm setting up as well. The rummy nose and bleeding hearts like slightly cooler temperatures from what I've read. Max 77F.. I have my tank set at 80F and have
8 Cardinal Tetras
2 Blue Rams (1m,1f)
2 Dwarf Gourami (1m,1f)
4 Red cockatoo cichlid (1m,3f)
1 golden bristle nose pleco (male)

I'm either going to add 10 more cardinals or a school of penguin tetras.


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I'd lower the number of otos and get either a group of cories or loaches.
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Old 03-02-2015, 07:13 PM   #6
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I think you should do:

2 German blue rams
13 cardinal tetras
7 bleeding heart tetras
8 otocinclus
6 peppered corydoras

I tried this on aqadvisor and it said this would work.
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Do this! 5 bolivian rams and 30 cardinal tetras, 7 otos and a wicked sweet/expensive pleco! The pleco will midnight mission for eggs and keep the peace..

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Do this! 5 bolivian rams and 30 cardinal tetras, 7 otos and a wicked sweet/expensive pleco! The pleco will midnight mission for eggs and keep the peace..

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Not everyone can afford that wicked awesome zebra pleco you have XD but I second this. Large schools look great and their are quite a few species of pleco that stay a smaller size and won't break the bank. Clowns and bristlenose to name a few.


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Thanks for the info, everyone. This will be my first community, and all info is appreciated.
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