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Old 08-26-2004, 11:22 PM   #1
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Beginner fish for a 55gal

Ok, so my 55 gallon FOWLR is done with its cycle for some time. I cycled with 1 large dead shrimp. After it cycled, I added two yellowtail damsels. A month after that (now) the readings are 0 Ammonia, 0 Nitrites, and little Nitrates, and I'm ready to add another fish.

Can you guys recommend a good fish for a 55gal size tank? I'm more into compatibility and a kind of fish that is right for the tanksize, moreso than how the fish looks. I just want him to be at ease with no stress.

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Heya, are you keeping the damsels?

I would say without hesitation that a Black and White Heniochus is far and away one of my favourites. Full of life and very friendly. Not reef friendly but if your FOWLR then you should have no problem.
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Yup, keeping the damsels. I Love 'em.
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The tank is a bit small for a Heniochus. They get rather large and require a lot of swimming room. Are you planning on a reef?
Dwarf Angels are a nice choice, but use caution if you are going the reef rout.
How about a pair of TR clowns? Royal Gramma?
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Damsels can get bossy, nipping at others. So stick to more out going spp. Wrasses are cool, but watch the soft inverts.
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I think it would be a good idea to look through a book or somewhere with a lot of pictures/profiles of fish. I know you said you're not too bothered about looks, but a time may come when you see a particular fish and think to yourself "I gotta have it!" and the worst is when you realise it wouldn't be a good addition to your tank because of what you have already.

Planning ALL your additions from the start is good practice because the order in which you add everything is just as important as compatibility.
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I agree with Q-shark on the henis. They are best kept in groups of three or more and require lots of swimming space. The damsels may become the bullies of the tank. I also love the royal gramma and coral beauty. Decide what type of tank you are going for, community or aggressvie? Eventually reef? ake your decisions based on that. Pick the one or two must have fish and build the rest of the stock list around those. Good luck...Lando
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Thanks for the suggestions. I think I'm eventually going to go reef, so I'd better stick with fish for that environment. I just don't have the $$ yet, plus I'd like to wait till I know even more before I decide to go for it.

I like the idea of a Royal Gamma...
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That is the nice thing about this hobby. You can take as much time as you need and it is always a work in progress. Start doing research now and add little by little. Many people here have been working years on their tanks. Check out some of the galleries here, I got great ideas just by looking at other's tanks. Good luck...Lando
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Clowns....gotta have clowns. They are such entertainment.
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