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Thread: 55 gallon aquarium stocking
05-08-2012, 05:52 AM #1
55 gallon aquarium stocking
I have had a my 55 gallon tank for about 9 months now and the fish i have in there already are 6 zebra danios, 4 red eye tetras, 2 dwarf gouramis, 2 turquoise rainbows, 2 false juli corys, 1 pleco, and 1 striped raphael. i have no problems with the tank and the water levels are good. I would like to get some more fish, but not sure what to get any ideas? and would the following fit in this tank, angelfish, clown loach, or a cichilid of some type?
I would appreciate any opinions.
05-08-2012, 05:55 AM #2
your schools are laughably low- before you add anything you should up the schools to ten+, probably getting rid of one in the process.
I don't know what a raphael is.
2 gouramis usually mean trouble, but I keep forgetting things about gouramis.
raimbows, danios, tetras, cories all schooling fish.Its Phillip, not Origami.
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05-08-2012, 11:32 AM #3
Yeah I would advise upping your schools to 10+, but rehome 1 school, probably the rainbows, they sometimes get big. Rehome a gourami, and identify your pleco, some grow huge 24"+. Also get 6+ corys.
I don't know what a raphael is, but if you rehomed the gourami you could maybe get a bolivian ram or something.
Clown loaches grow to 12-14" and also need to be kept in schools, so they are a no go for a 55GMy therapist says I need a bigger tank . . . . .
05-08-2012, 12:32 PM #4
Striped Raphael is a Catfish:
Google Results Striped Raphael
I agree your schools are low. You could easily boost two of them up to 10 at least. I would also advise against angelfish and clown loaches. Clown's get up to a foot and need schools. You wouldn't be able to handle a school. Angels are finicky and without knowing everything about your tank set up, I cannot recommend. A single species of Dwarf South American Cichild might be possible if the Raphael isn't aggressive. I see it grows to 5", so would be cautious.
For Cichild, if given the proper consideration and care, possibly Kribs, Rams, or Curviceps (Dwarf Flag Cichild).
For Loaches, YoYo's and other <6" varieties would be better.