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    So I am looking to stock a 55 gallon tank for a daycare. The fish need to be freshwater, bright and full of motion.

    My thoughts were one big centerpiece type fish and a bunch of schooling fish. It was requested by the daycare owner to add a pleco and snails.

    Since color is wanted/needed I was thinking:

    1 Centerpiece fish (that is big/pretty/not aggressive)
    1 BN pleco
    Handful of random snails (again, no idea what kind)
    10-ish Neon tetras
    10-ish Guppies
    10-ish Mollies

    Thoughts? Things you'd change? Specifics stock you'd do with that size?

    Thanks!

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    I'd scrap the mollies and guppies and instead go for 30 neons and 30 harlequin rasbora.

    10 neons won't look like much in a 55.

    If you want something REALLY active, look at Buenos Aires tetra. Fast, tight schooling, very active fish. Lots of fun.
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    You could get a pair of dwarf Cichlids like Bolivian rams or German blue rams as a centrepiece fish. They should be small enough not to cause problems for any tetra.
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    Would 30 of each be overstocking? I know its only a 55 gallon, but the more types of fish, the better. Also would this eliminate a centerpiece type fish? This was an idea that the daycare owners threw out and really seemed to want to do, so that would be needed if possible.

    I do like the neons and the harlequin rasbora, though!

    I only know cichlids, so sorry if these are stupid questions!

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    I think you'll be ok, although I've jumped the gun and should have asked you about your filtration and maintenance routine plans.
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    Filtration is nothing super fancy, a HOB filter rated for up to 75gallons. I don't have the details about that with me.

    In terms of maintenance, I am stressing that they need to do weekly water changes. While I do think they will do it since I have been stressing the importance, sadly I have no guarantee that they actually will, though.

    Also, I like the idea of the pair of German blue rams. I hadn't thought of going with a dwarf cichlid, and I am a huge fan of them!

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    My 55 is very peaceful. I have one angelfish, 23 black skirt tetra's, a few cherry barbs and some cory catfish.

    Canister filter and an Aqua Clear. I do not like live-bearing fish of any kind.

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    I have a 55 gallon and for your scenario I would recommend the following:

    * - means what I would choose, but other options are fine

    Choose 1 from here:
    * 1 golden Gourami
    3 German Blue Ram
    2 Koi Angelfish

    Choose 3 from here:
    *12 Black Neon Tetra
    12 Cardinal Tetra
    8 Giant Danio
    10 Cherry Barb
    12 Lemon Tetra
    *12 Rummy Nose Tetra
    10 Lamp Eye Tetra
    *10 Cobra Guppies

    Choose 3 from here:
    *1 Rainbow Shark
    *6 Three lined Cory Cat (false Julii)
    2 Rubber Pleco
    2 Clown Pleco
    1 Long Nose Twig Catfish
    *6 Oto Catfish
    10 Cherry Shrimp
    10 Ghost Shrimp

    Also, I recommend nerite snails versus mystery snails, they are smaller, prettier and eat more algae.
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    I think the tank will be under filtered so I'd drop the schools I suggested to 20. I wouldn't have less as they just won't look impressive.
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    Just Wanting to point out that the aquarium will be in a day care and from my experience with taking care of school aquariums I would just like to remind that all fish will have to be easy to find and really tough to withstand things like weekends(especially Long Weekends) or the occasional missed water change or children knocking on glass etc. some of the proposed species which I believe are not suitable according to this criteria are dwarf cichlids of any kind, twig catfish, clown plecos and otos.

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