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06-30-2013, 06:35 PM #1
Stocking for a 55
I have been gone for a whip, but I'm back with a bigger tank and need stocking suggestions. It's a 55 with two 60g tetra power whisper filters. It has to be able to have 1 flame gourami at least 6 bronze corries. And a few guppies thanks.
06-30-2013, 07:55 PM #2
Also if you have any suggestions for better filers.
06-30-2013, 08:17 PM #3
I would use two AC70s.
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07-01-2013, 02:27 PM #4
You could put any sort of live bearer in there... anything from swordtails to your guppys... also could do dwarf cichlids... 10 corys easy... I mean its hard to just throw something out there but with what you have given, All live bearers planted with shrimp and your corries? Maybe a bolvian ram or two thrown in?FW: 1 45gal, 1 40gal, 3 10gal, 3 30gal all community tanks of different species
Sw: 1 55gal, 1 30gal show, 1 29gal show, 1 20gal and 2 10's
07-01-2013, 02:42 PM #5
Agree with either 2-Aqua Clear 110's or add a canister filter to one of those filters you currently have. Filters are good for just about one/half of what is recommended so with both that you currently have, you are on the low size for filtering a 55 gallon.
You can keep the tank simple with lots of driftwood and stones and have a few smaller cichlids or go with a whole group of community fish in larger schools. Cycle the tank first and that will give you a couple weeks to really think of what you would like for stock.
07-01-2013, 03:42 PM #6
07-01-2013, 03:50 PM #7
I really don't think 2 works in a 55, I tried when I first got mine and had issues.
I also agree with the above posts that aquaclears are a better filter option for you, IMO two 110s is great but you will need to baffle the flow (easy DIY).
As for stock, whats listed in my 75 is what I had in my 55, probably a tad overstocked but it worked well (plus I had 6 cories)
I'd recommend a pair of ram cichlids, school of cory, and either a type of live bearer or something else you like as a upper level swimmer
07-01-2013, 03:55 PM #8
07-01-2013, 03:58 PM #9
I actually think that would be a great stocking....
FYI the cories will love a sand substrate, i got mine on sand and their behavior is so much better - so consider at least having at least some sand as a substrate
07-01-2013, 04:14 PM #10Member Angelfish
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Gourami are very interesting. In my tropical pond(which currently has a bad stocking) has 5 gourami and 1 angel in it. They are all diffirent types and they all swim together. 2 are dwarf, and 3 are regular size(2"-4") The only reason I believe this works is because the pond is 5x7 feet, so they have the room in case they don't get along. Not once have I seen one chase another.
Well, anyways, you could try a few bamboo shrimp. I don't see the tetra attacking these, and from what I hear, these are excellent and non aggressive bottom feeders.
Good luck with your tank!