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Old 11-03-2015, 01:35 PM   #1
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55 gallon Stocking Ideas

Hey! So I will be getting a 55 gallon tank from a friend in this coming month and I would like some ideas of what fish to put in it. I have no preferences right now (except it be freshwater, of course) I just want to know what you would put.
I have a little bit of experience but only with fancy goldfish but I do have a 10 gallon brackish as well. I would like to try something new.
Obviously I won't be buying the fish for awhile while the tank is setting up but it's always good to have a plan/idea ready

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How bout a nice planted community tank? Have u ever done a planted before?


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How bout a nice planted community tank? Have u ever done a planted before?


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I've never done a planted tank but I do love the look. I'd have to look into CO2 though... What fish though? I've also never done a community...
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Are there any fish you're particularly interested in? Traditionally a community would be some sort of schooling fish, bottom feeder(s), and a centerpiece fish.
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Are there any fish you're particularly interested in? Traditionally a community would be some sort of schooling fish, bottom feeder(s), and a centerpiece fish.
I was thinking angelfish or maybe dwarf gourami.
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I was thinking angelfish or maybe dwarf gourami.

For a 55 u don't have to go with a dwarf gourami. A regular sized one is perfectly fine. Any other fish u were thinking


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I've never done a planted tank but I do love the look. I'd have to look into CO2 though... What fish though? I've also never done a community...

You don't have to do CO2 unless it's a medium to high light tank.

Low light you can grow Crypts, Swords, Java Ferns, Anubias, Mosses etc..

I would pick an Angel or a Gourami. They might fight. A Pearl Gourami is the most peaceful of the larger Gouramis.

I would do a big group of Cory Cats.
Peppered Cories are very hardy.


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+1 on a gourami or angelfish. You could build a very nice community around either!
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Old 11-04-2015, 06:11 AM   #9
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Yup agree with the above. In some cases u don't need Co2 with medium light plants either. But some hardy easy and beautiful plants are- Anubias, crypts (best to add last), Java fern, Amazon swords, jungle Val, sagatiria (not sure on spelling).

For a planted tank I would recommend either flourite or Eco complete as a substrate as they both hold nutrients to help with root growth.


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Corydoras are great, but in a tank that size you could do a group of beautiful angelicus or zebra loaches. They're incredibly interesting fish! Good for most community tanks.
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Corydoras are great, but in a tank that size you could do a group of beautiful angelicus or zebra loaches. They're incredibly interesting fish! Good for most community tanks.
In a 55g I'd do both loaches and cories
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Dojo loaches!! Most personable and active fish I've ever seen lol. They are crazy.


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Ok wow! Thank you for the suggestions! and how many of each would I need? Like 2 centerpiece fish, ?? Schooling, and ?? Bottom feeders....
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*whispers* dojo loachesssss

Super active centerpiece and bottom feeder combo as they eat literally about anything. Oh and like groups so there's schooling covered as well.


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*whispers* dojo loachesssss

Super active centerpiece and bottom feeder combo as they eat literally about anything. Oh and like groups so there's schooling covered as well.


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Bad for tropical tanks though! They really do need somewhat cooler water. A school of botiid loaches (like zebra or angelicus) can also be a centerpiece, bottom dweller and school all at once
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Yup agree with the above. In some cases u don't need Co2 with medium light plants either. But some hardy easy and beautiful plants are- Anubias, crypts (best to add last), Java fern, Amazon swords, jungle Val, sagatiria (not sure on spelling).

For a planted tank I would recommend either flourite or Eco complete as a substrate as they both hold nutrients to help with root growth.


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Ok thanks for the info on substrate! That was going to be my next question.
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Ok thanks for the info on substrate! That was going to be my next question.

No problem u could do dirt and cap it with a gravel but that could lead to problems if u disturb the dirt, or put to much.


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Hi. If it's your first time planting then I would go with Eco Complete or a comparative product. It's probably the easiest way to kick start plant growth. Supplements will be needed after a while but you would need them with gravel or sand from the start. Aesthetically I like the Eco, it looks more natural than other substrates.


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