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Thread: Boof's 55g

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    Ok, so this journal might be premature since I don't actually have the tank yet, but I'm supposed to be picking it up after work today.

    I've been wanting a large tank since day one. I was kinda holding out until I could find a 40b or a 75g as I wanted a wide footprint. One of my concerns with the 18" wide footprint, though, is that this tank will be going up next to a short divider wall that separates the living room and dining room...I think the slimmer 55 would look better between the rooms than a super wide breeder/75. We have two large dogs and a kid always running around, so it will also be a bit safer having a tank that hugs the wall.

    The stand will be diy; the same setup as the one that holds the 29/10 combo...2 2x6 planks resting on top of 9 cinder blocks. Not fancy, but rock-solid and the other stand looks just fine with a black sheet draped over it, so it should be fine.

    The tank is coming with filter, heater, lid, and lights. The black diamond blasting sand works great in the 29g and is super cheap, so that will be used for this tank, as well.

    I'm not sure what I want to stock with, but it will be another community tank. I'm sure my list will change 20 times over the next couple of months, but I would love to get some suggestions from y'all. I do have several critters that are absolutely going in the tank:

    Julii cories (7-10 of them)
    Kuhli loaches (6)
    Tons of shrimp
    Rummynose tetras

    The cories, loaches, and rummies are all things I've wanted for a long time but didn't want to shoehorn into the 29g. As for the rest of the tank, I would really like to get as many different species as I can. Like Slap, I want variety in my tanks :)

    It will be planted, of course, but I need to spend some time researching different types of rocks and driftwood. I want to curb the loaches' tendency to dig around, and I've read that providing a bunch of hiding places will limit their need to burrow.

    So that's it, for now. This was all kind if sprung on me last night after I got home, so I have several weeks of researching/planning ahead of me. I want to get my plant list sorted out as quickly as possible so that I won't be staring at an empty tank for the next month.

    Let me see your stocking suggestions!
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    Well, you'll certainly have a number of options for this longer tank. I'd look at some of the larger tetras like the diamond and emperor tetras. Maybe even some congo tetras. Here's a nice site to start your search

    http://tropicalfishandaquariums.com/Tetras/

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    tetras, tetras, and of course, tetras
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    Diamonds and emperors look great! I really like the Congo, as well, but they're super expensive :(

    Anyone have experience with black phantoms? Lee?
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    If you want many species, I would stick to small to medium size fish. The larger fish will limit how many total fish you can have and the behavior of the others. As Matt stated, his rosy tetras are much more active now that the colombians are gone. I think a few larger schools of smaller fish and 2-3 of medium size fish would look great. I like the look of many small fish and not as many bigger fish.

    I definitely recommend diamond tetras, 8-10 minimum, I also like 10-12 harleys for the top (very colorful) and then your rummies, cories, kuhlies & shrimp. I also recommend a nice school of 10 red tail rasbora, the new fish in my 75 gal. I think a school of maybe 8-10 black phantoms would look great, a different body type and a good community fish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BluewaterBoof View Post
    Diamonds and emperors look great! I really like the Congo, as well, but they're super expensive :(

    Anyone have experience with black phantoms? Lee?
    Congrats on the new tank, a 55g gives you a lot of room to work with especialy if you want the keep smaller species.

    As far as Black phantoms, they are one of my favorite fish even though I have not kept them in awhile, the males have an impressive dorsal fin to rival the Rosys and Diamonds, the females stay smaller and have the added way of telling them apart by being more red in color. Only reason I don't keep them is because the Red phantom became more available and the Yellow is probably the most attractive of the three ;-)

    A school of emperors would look great along with one of the three phantoms and you can't go wrong w9th Rummy nose as they are attractive and one of the best schooling fish IMO ;-)

    Your Julii cories would be a perfect fish with the schools I've mentioned.
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    Ok, so a little update.

    Picked up the tank. All I can say is "wow." Seeing this thing inside the house makes me glad that I didn't get something bigger lol 55g doesn't look like much on paper, but a 4ft-long tank sitting on a living room floor in front of my 29g really put things into perspective. This will make a great "wall" separating the living/dining areas.

    The tank is a mess, though. The original owner had planned on a 10-day vacation in Mexico; ended up staying for over a month. Everything had died, of course, and the gradual evaporation over that timeframe left hard water stains on the top 6" of the glass. I did a white vinegar soak overnight, which removed a good portion of the stains, but it still looks pretty bad. I'll be stopping off at Home Depot tonight so that I can pick up some Bar Keepers Friend, which is the aquarist's secret weapon against hard water stains that vinegar won't remove. Non-abrasive all-purpose cleaner that rinses clean and won't contaminate the tank or silicone.

    Thanks for all the info on the fish! Rita keeps hounding me to turn it into a cichlid tank... No!!! Haha I told her that if she wants a cichlid tank so badly she can start her own aquarium :P

    I really like the black phantoms. I think those will join the cories, loaches, and rummynose as definite additions to the tank. I also like the diamonds, but with the warnings about larger fish spooking the smaller ones I'm not sure I want to try them as they're about the same size as the columbians that Matt had issues with.

    So what kind of a total population limit am I looking at here with the 55g, not counting the bottom-dwellers, if I stay with fish that are 2" or less? Would five shoals of various tetras be reasonable, if I kept each shoal at 7-10 fish? I have close to 40 fish in the 29g, but more than half of those are neons that stay in the lower region of the tank. I'm not sure if "twice the gallons" equates to "twice the fish" lol
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    5 would be more than reasonable...what filtration are you planning?
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    It came with an AquaTech 30-60 filter, but I want to get a second filter for the other end of the tank...probably another AC50.
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    Dude, you need a canister for a 55G!
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