55g -Future Stocking Ideas
I recently inherited a 55g .....and I am 4 days into cycling ....with 5) G danios and 7) tiger barbs.
Ive done quite a bit of studying on this topic (stocking,compatibility,etc) over the past week, cause the last time I was in the hobby, we had no INTERNET!
But...I'm confused from getting conflicting advice and details on compatible fish around every corner.
I want to plan this out so that I have a successful community or species tank, planing territories as I build.
Me and DW liked the Oscar and Jack we had in the past. We know this tank is too small for an Oscar, but we'd love to have a Jack again cause our new grandson is named Jackson. Then we saw the Electric Blue Jack! We'd be willing to give it a go.
We both love the tiger barbs cause we've never had them before, but not so sure they can compete with what we want, but we'd like to have them.
The cichlids we are interested in are: EBJD or Blue Acara, Rainbow ciclid(T-bar?), Keyhole cichlid, Convict (females), Rams(not so much)
Others/dithers we like: Red-Tail Shark, Albino-Bristlenose Pleco, Danios, TBarbs, Rosy Barbs, Denison Barbs, Larger tetras
It would be helpful if I could get some ideas on which combinations from these (others) will work in this 55g?
Our first choice is an EBJD combo. Im also considering a pair of cichlids (Rainbow or Keyhole), but still want to have another "contrasting" cichlid (EBJD,ACARA,Convict) plus dither/cats/barbs/etc.
Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance,
With some of the smaller fish I don't believe the JD will really work. I do believe they would need to be with only other large cichlids.
Tiger barbs are typically fish that need to be in a species only tank also... good luck. Make sure you research before you buy. Most websites will give you a min tank size for each type of fish. Usually this site has some pretty accurate breakdowns of different types of fish
Fish: 75g: 9 Parva Rainbow, 4 GBR, 2 Oto, 4 Platies, 10 Sterbai, 4 Calico BN Pleco
10g: RCS, 10 B. Brigittae; 10g: 4 Fp. Spoorenbergi, 7 C. Habroseus, Orchid Endlers; 10g: 4 Fp. Spoorenbergi, Species #2 Endlers,
Plants: 75: A. Sword, C. Red Wendtii, J Fern, Alternanthera Reineckii, Temple Hygro, Moneywort, Subwassertang, R. Rotundofolia, R. Indica
10: Italian Vals, Dwarf Sag, Java Fern, Phoenix Moss
10s: C. Parva, C. Wendtii, Cardinal, Microswords, Dwarf Hairgrass, Hornwort
Are you saying in a 55g, an EBJD could coexist with a couple female convicts? ..or coexist with a Rainbow?...or 2 Keyhole
Would one of those combos work with the addition of a few dithers and bottom dweller of some kind?
If no EBJD is bought, could I have a Blue Acara + Raibow + Keyhole and dithers/etc.?
.....and maybe some barbs or) any large tetras.
Ive seen all these fish Ive mentioned in one way or another clumped together in old forum posts across the internet,
just would like a couple great stocking ideas that will work so I can have some options to provide the DW.
My head is in a tail-spin, and I want to put this to bed so I can get some rest! Anybody else out there a little bit OCD?
i'm no expert on EBJD's so i can't comment.
but for your blue acara, are you sure it's really that species? frequently they are mixed/sold incorrectly and are actually green terrors-reallllly mean fish.
but if you really can get a blue acara, then i'd focus on him, 3 keyholes, bn pleco, and 10 dither tetras of the bigger size. and you'll have a nice tank.
but you are stocked very high with that. so id recommend filtration that is rated at 150gallons and a pwc of 50plus percent each week if you want to pull off that tank.
Mixing so many big bruisers in a 55 gallon is likely to end badly.
Any of the proposed cichlids will make a meal out of the poor fish being used to cycle the tank. Another good reason not to do a fish-in