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Old 05-21-2013, 05:13 PM   #1
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55 gallon tank stock ideas

I am looking to do a hardscape only 55 tank. The tank is set up and cycled, has been for 2 months. Lol. Work has finally slowed down enough to allow me to have the time to stock the tank and monitor it. Any ideas? The only inhabitants are 5 or so endler hybrids and some tiny snails from when I had duck weed.
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Old 05-21-2013, 05:16 PM   #2
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I am looking to do a hardscape only 55 tank. The tank is set up and cycled, has been for 2 months. Lol. Work has finally slowed down enough to allow me to have the time to stock the tank and monitor it. Any ideas? The only inhabitants are 5 or so endler hybrids and some tiny snails from when I had duck weed.
I would say do some African cichlids. They're fun and full of life!
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Forgot to mention, it's a open water type hard scape. A few pieces of driftwood and a bridge that I've had in every tank since I was 7. Lol.
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I would say do some African cichlids. They're fun and full of life!
If I were a cichlids fan I would. Lol. But I'm one of the odd few that's not into them...I appreciate the idea though.
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If I were a cichlids fan I would. Lol. But I'm one of the odd few that's not into them...I appreciate the idea though.
Haha yup. Im strictly a cichlid guy so I don't have much other ideas. Good luck though! Post pics when you're all done!
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Haha yup. Im strictly a cichlid guy so I don't have much other ideas. Good luck though! Post pics when you're all done!
Appreciate it pard. And I for sure will. I haven't seen many people with non cichlid tanks the way I'm doing so it might be a little different.
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I am looking to do a hardscape only 55 tank. The tank is set up and cycled, has been for 2 months. Lol. Work has finally slowed down enough to allow me to have the time to stock the tank and monitor it. Any ideas? The only inhabitants are 5 or so endler hybrids and some tiny snails from when I had duck weed.
I just finished my 55 gallon cycle, I am going to have three schools

5 Cherry barbs
5 Diamond Tetras
5 Rainbow boesemani
2 Angelfish
1 Stripped Raphael Catfish.

Aqadvisor really helped, with that stocking I am at 105% (adult) stocking and a little over 100 % on my filtration.


I have the barbs and Tetras in now will slowly introduce the Boesemani's and then sometime in july I will add two Angelfish.

I like to have some schools of fish, I am not a big fan of tanks with 1 or 2 of something and 10 different kinds.
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You should do angels- 2 pairs would be good, or if they are unpaired just four would still be good. I say add a GIGANTIC school of cories to the bottom.
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I would get albino cory's, a school of cardinals and a pair of blue rams. Just those wouldn't have you fully stocked so you could add some more to that list, but that's just a few ideas.
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I have done some more research and I think I would like to start a endler colony. With my dark substrate, I had intentions on planting it previously, and the dark wall behind it I believe the little guys would pop amazingly.

Would I have to plant it to have them? Or could I just add more DW and use that as the cover instead of plants?
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