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growout/breeder 0 0%
discus 5 20.00%
planted 1 4.00%
africans 4 16.00%
big fish 0 0%
FOWLR 10 40.00%
shrimps ahoy 3 12.00%
other, suggest something 2 8.00%
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Old 12-12-2008, 10:36 AM   #1
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what to do with a 55gal?

I'm planning on putting in a small pond in the yard this spring for my militaristic little red eared slider, Bismarck. It'll be a 100gal preformed clack plastic one. Fist of all, if you know anything about ponds, please give me a hand and take a look at this thread.

Now, this is going to leave his 55gal open...A side effect I hadn't really considered until now. I figure I've got a few options.

1) I could make it a growout tank. Currently my only growout is a 29gal. This would let me raise a good deal more fish...if I can ever get the things to survive at all that is. haha.

2) I could make a discus tank. Discus are foreign territory to me, and frankly they scare the crap out of me, but dang they are pretty. If you think I should get discus, I have a few questions. How many should go in a 55gal? Do I need ro/di? I've looked into ro/di water and it simply sounds way out of my budget, not to mention a pain in posterior.

3) Another planted tank with angels and such. I already have a 75gal right next to the 55 gal that is just like this, so I'm not too keen on this idea.

4) African cichlids. I used to have these in my 75gal. They were cool for a while, but got old quick. Other than the colors, they all look and act the same. Not very dynamic.

5)Big fish. An oscar or something? Though, I'm not sure a big oscar would have room to turn around in a 55gal. They are only 12" deep. Plus I like to decorate my tank nice...so I dunno.

6) FOWLR. I'm way too poor for a reef...ever. I'm probably too poor for saltwater in general. Convince me I can set it up for under $200 and I'll think about it. lol

7) Massive shrimp colony. I don't think my girlfriend would ever want to go into my room again, sorry shrimp lovers.

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Old 12-12-2008, 10:59 AM   #2
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I would go for a nice species tank.

55 gallon is big enough to do many cool fish.

I like Oscars
Fresh water sharks
I nice flower horn or green terror.

If you want to do another planted could always do Rainbows if you have not done them.

I like those a lot

If you can do salt water under 200 i would be impressed. My understanding is 1lb per gallon of live rock where i come from cheapest live rock is $6 per pound x 55 is over 300. but if theirs a away that would be the best of both worlds salt tank and a planted tank
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yeah, I just put in the FOWLR for kicks. I didn't figure it would be possible. haha
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A rainbow tank would be excellent!!
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Here is a picture of my Red and regular Bosemani rainbow incase you have not seen them before



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With a 55, I would recommend three options or routes:

1. A different style of community tank, centered on clown loaches and tiger barbs. (I just imagine that would be a very cool display.) This would be different from angel based Amazonian biotope.
2. You could do a ruffian tank of Central American cichlids, depending on more knowledgeable posters' advice: I'd be thinking Jack Dempsey, earth eater, and convicts: the compatibility is where I can't help you. These would be interesting guys--nearly as big as oscars, but much more comfortable in a 55 (if not together).
3. Here's an underrated option: a mixture of rock and shell dwelling Lake Tang cichlids, with shell and rock based decor. Availability would be an issue, and you'd have to research compatibility quite strongly, but some combinations here could be spectacular.
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I say go SW and the FOWLR. I already answered your question.
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yeah, I posted on both forums to get more opinions
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