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Old 08-17-2012, 09:41 PM   #1
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Stocking a 55 Gallon Freshwater Tank

Hey everybody. Just asking your opinion on what I should stock my 55g tank with. It is freshwater. All I have in their right now is 5 Zebra Danios and I am going to put a Bristlenose Pleco in it. The type of fish I want are fish that make the tank look cool and make people say "Wow what cool fish"
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Old 08-17-2012, 09:49 PM   #2
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I'm partial to Giant Danios and Upside Down Catfish. You can google each and check them out. Both work well for a community.

Gouramis and their habits are fun too.

Cherry shrimp and ghost shrimp are always entertaining in groups.
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Old 08-17-2012, 10:39 PM   #3
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Ok get a Peacock Eel and an African Brown Knife.
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Old 08-17-2012, 10:43 PM   #4
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I love gouramis my 55 is full of them!
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Old 08-17-2012, 10:43 PM   #5
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But I have to say something like a black ghost knife or a ropefish would be cool
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Old 08-17-2012, 10:47 PM   #6
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A BGK grows far to large for a 55, they can reach 20" so best suitable for a 125+ as it takes years to reach that size. But eventually they can even outgrow that large of a tank. The main reason I would recommend a 125 is for the fact it's a long tank, and they can grow out in it, even at a larger size for years.
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Old 08-17-2012, 11:30 PM   #7
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A BGK grows far to large for a 55, they can reach 20" so best suitable for a 125+ as it takes years to reach that size. But eventually they can even outgrow that large of a tank. The main reason I would recommend a 125 is for the fact it's a long tank, and they can grow out in it, even at a larger size for years.
I have a 150 and want a BGK. Would it be big enough for life? The tank is 6 feet long.
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Old 08-17-2012, 11:37 PM   #8
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I have a 150 and want a BGK. Would it be big enough for life? The tank is 6 feet long.
From all that l have read, the 150 is big enough. Wanted to add one to my tank & wanted to make sure it would be ok & seems to be according to several sites.
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Old 08-17-2012, 11:43 PM   #9
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Maybe some Hatchet Fish or Glow Fish
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Old 08-17-2012, 11:57 PM   #10
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Maybe some Hatchet Fish or Glow Fish
Im gonna move my balas & pictus in with the black knife and add a couple of severum. I want to move my tiger barbs in with them but am afraid they will harass the slower moving ones. The glo fish would add some nice color !! You could put a bunch of glo fish in a 150 lol
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Unless the tank is 24" wide at posible full size is a no go... 20" is potential adult size. But... For many years it will be ok.
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Unless the tank is 24" wide at posible full size is a no go... 20" is potential adult size. But... For many years it will be ok.
Its 18 inches
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Neon tetras, black neon tetras, and harlequin rasboras are beautiful.
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Old 08-18-2012, 12:21 AM   #14
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This is what I'd do
5 Danios
1 Bristlenose Pleco
1 Peacock Eel
1 African Brown Knife
2 German Blue Rams
2 Angel Fish
5 Hatchet Fish
4 Upside Down Catfish
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Its 18 inches
Right... So a tank wide as yours is deep.. "the exact number" is still not good. They still need MORE then they are long to turn around.
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