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  1. Default This is the plan I have for my tank


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    Right now this is what I have in my head for my 55g tank, nothing set in stone and open to suggestions (unless the word guppy is suggested, but that is for another time).

    couple of easy to grow plants (not sure of what kind yet)
    5-6 Barbs to help start cycling, maybe more not sure yet.
    In no order other then the last one:

    6-10 Blue Emperor Tetra
    6-10 Serpae Tetra, or neon Tetra
    I am not sure if 20 (two groups of 10) Tetra's would be too many or a nice fit, suggestions welcomed.
    1 Redtail Shark since it would be the smallest one I could get for the tank
    4-5 Boesemani Rainbow
    6 Sterba's Cory (these I was told need to be in groups of 6, but I am not sure about that myself)
    4-5 Angelfish

    There will be some decorations in there for hiding spots, but I also will leave more than enough room for swimming lanes and schooling. Also, for the heater if I put it in the sump tank I still get one rated higher than my main tank right? I also would like to know if I can grow live plants in just gravel or if I would need a sand/dirt bottom before the gravel, I have never done live plants before but want to try this time. As for water, I know when I lived in town I had to dechlorinate, but now I live out where I have well water so I would not have to do this correct?

    Hopefully this isn't too many things to ask all at once, but I guess not having any fish in nearly 20 years you forget things. Thanks in advanced for the !

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    The only thing I will speak to is the water question. I haven't kept any of the above species except the serpae's (which I don't much like, to tell the truth) so I can't give you my experience with them.

    I also am not on town water, and I do not treat my tank with any conditioners. I would, however, use your test kits that you will have anyway for cycling your tank ;) and test your tap water.

    Knowing your base parameters out of the tap like pH, KH, ammonia, nitrates, phosphates (not really required, but if you plan on plants you might want to test this) will give you an idea of what fish will be easy to keep in your tank, and what fish won't do so well. It's also handy for spotting/diagnosing problems with your tank if they occur.

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    What are your water paramaters? There are a couple of fish there that like there water higher in Ph than the others. Once I know those, I/we can give you better advice. Glad you decided to get back into the hobby.
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    Rainbow fish are really fast swimmers. They would benefit from a 5ft tank rather than a 4ft one.
    55g planted. black skirt tetras. Neon tetras. Emerald Cory cat. Glow light tetras. 1kribensis cichlid, b. Rainbow fish. Rhino pleco. Pearl gourami. Dwarf platys

    29g planted. 1firemouth cichlid. Gold barbs. Scissortail rasboras.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steeler1
    What are your water paramaters? There are a couple of fish there that like there water higher in Ph than the others. Once I know those, I/we can give you better advice. Glad you decided to get back into the hobby.
    At the moment I have not tested my tap water, I have been busy with classes. I will try tonight to test, or at some point this week. I just need the pH tester bottle kit or strips. I do know it slightly hard, but I think as it filters that will not be an issue.

    I will do an update with water tests soon though, but as far as taste (I know not scientific) wise it does not have a bitter taste or acidic taste but it still could be high on one end or the other.

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    I may be wrong, but from what you've listed I think a red tail and 4-5 angels will be too many for a 55 with the rest of the list

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    Are those blue emperor's, regular emperor tetras or are they also called Kerri tetras?
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    I have a 55 gallon and so far, this is what I have learned.

    Tiger barbs had difficulty with behavior in a school under 8 fish, 10 has worked awesome. However, they are still very VERY nippy with slower fish and with fish with fancy fins. So I would not recommend the angle fish or rainbow fish with the tiger barbs.

    I got a rainbow shark, very similar to the red tail shark, and its a great fit for barbs. At first the barbs were nippy with the shark, but it only took 48 hours for the shark to put them in their place. Now they keep up a little cat and mouse chase game, but nothing too serious.

    The Serpae Tetra have similar coloring and shape as tiger barbs, so for tank aesthetics, I would pick something else.

    Overall, I would say you have too many fish listed for the tank size.

    If I were to pick from your list but use my preferences...

    10 Tiger Barbs
    1 Red Tail Shark
    4 Sterbai or Julii Cory Cats

    Not on List...
    8 - Red Eye Tetra or Giant Danios

    As far as plants go, I chose the java fern, moss balls, anubis, and dwarf hair grass, and all of them have done well and I like them.
    That should be it!
    Last edited by ddavis1979; 10-30-2012 at 02:34 PM.
    55 Gallon Freshwater Tank (semi-planted) 48"x21"x13"

    Video of 55GAL Tank - DEC 2012

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    You could actually do the rainbows with the tiger barbs because rainbows are lighting fast lol
    55g planted. black skirt tetras. Neon tetras. Emerald Cory cat. Glow light tetras. 1kribensis cichlid, b. Rainbow fish. Rhino pleco. Pearl gourami. Dwarf platys

    29g planted. 1firemouth cichlid. Gold barbs. Scissortail rasboras.

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    Definitely too many angels. Once they mature they will fight to the death until one mated pair rules the tank.

    Serpaes and tiger barbs would be bad with angel because they nip fins. Chery barbs are calmer.

    However, I suggest fishless cycling...no risk anyone's life.
    20 gallon with a male betta, neons, glowlights, and red cherry shrimp. (work in progess) Recently added a few LIVE plants and driftwood, Woooohoooo!

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