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  1. Default Stocking for 50gal Central/South American


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    I think I've nearly worked out the stocking for my 50gal. I was trying to stick to Central American species but I want a pleco so ... almost Central American it is.

    These are the two options I've narrowed it down to (same species just different numbers):

    2 x Thorichthys ellioti (ie a pair)
    1 x pleco (either bristlenose or bulldog)
    12-15 x platy

    or

    1 x Thorichthys ellioti
    2 x pleco (either bristlenose or bulldog)
    12-15 x platy

    What do people think? I'm leaning more towards the second option, just because I'm worried if I get a pair of the cichlids they might get too aggressive for the other fish if they breed. Although the Thorichthys ellioti's are meant to be on the more peaceful end of the spectrum.

    Would a single Thorichthys ellioti be happy on their own?

    Are the platies small enough to be considered food by the Thorichthys ellioti?

    Any other potential problems?

    Thanks guys.
    50gal - planned community tank - cycling
    40gal - species tank - 18 tiger barbs

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    I'd be worried about the platys becoming snacks to the cichlid

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triton View Post
    I'd be worried about the platys becoming snacks to the cichlid
    I thought the same, although I'm not familiar with that species. I'd also add that I'm my experience bristlenose are far more active and visible than Bulldog plecos.

    -S

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    Yea, I agree to stick with the BN plecos. But my concern would be 100% with the cichlid. Max size is 7" so in a 50g that fish will dominate the tank

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    I'm thinking with that number of platies you might want something in there to control the population of young which will crowd your tank eventually....

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    I've read in a few places that platies are compatible with Thorichthys ellioti. I'd prefer platies if they'll work but could possibly do swordtails instead, they get a fair bit bigger.

    Hopefully the cichlid could act as crowd control with the livebearer fry. :)
    50gal - planned community tank - cycling
    40gal - species tank - 18 tiger barbs

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    I'd do the swordtails, just a slightly smaller #. But I still am not sure about the large cichlid in a 50g... I'll wait for more cichlid based ppl to chime in.

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    Ellioti will be fine with platies. A pair will also be fine in a 50g. I have yet to see a 7" specimin in an aquarium.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeboraBremner View Post
    I'm thinking with that number of platies you might want something in there to control the population of young which will crowd your tank eventually....
    True enough.

    -S

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    Hmm. Getting mixed responses here. Don't really want to 'experiment' with the fish and have it turn out bad.

    Are their any other centrepiece type fish I could do with the platies and plecos? I don't like to mix continents (so North, Central or South American) and my pH is quite high (8.0 - 8.2).
    50gal - planned community tank - cycling
    40gal - species tank - 18 tiger barbs

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