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55 Gallon Aquarium

Discussion in 'Freshwater Journals' started by Fiji, Oct 14, 2013.

  1. Fiji

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    Hello everyone. I'm kind of new to the forum and i thought this would be a great place to ask my fish questions!
    First question- Compatibility... The fish that i would like to put in the tank are: 1 angelfish, 1 synodontis catfish, 2 dojo loaches, 1 African leaf fish, 4-5 Boesemani rainbow fish, and 1 Siamese algae eater.
    Second question- plants... Are there any plants compatible with these fish that don't need special substrait? i could make a DYI CO2 diffuser if needed. I have high lighting and direct sunlight most of the day.
     
    The only fish that I absolutely don't want are African cichlids, but i am open to any other suggestions.
    Thank You.[​IMG]
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  2. richpowell1989

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    I think ur be better off moving ur tank to an area without that much direct sunlight. You will run into bad algae issues else.
     
  3. paradiddle

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    +1 for moving the tank, mine only gets a bit of morning sun and i have to fight the algae off, not moving it now will only make you regret it in 2 months
     
  4. Ninjouzata

    Ninjouzata Two Eels Are Better Than One
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    Also agree with moving the tank, along with the algae I imagine it could make the temperatures fluctuate.
    Which synodontis? I don't really know anything about them so maybe that's a stupid question..asking because there may be some that would outgrow the tank.
    Boesemani rainbows like to be in groups of 6+, so just bump that number up a little. Not sure on the other fish's compatibility unfortunately.
     
  5. lrhodes

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    i would skip on the dojos...
     
  6. hobby5

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    Welcome to the forums!
     
    Why do u open 3 threads for this? Wouldn't one have been enough? [​IMG]
     
    Fish keeping is not like collecting stamps, so keeping lots of different single fish, especially when those are fish who live in groups, I would consider very bad practice.
     
    Your tank got a lovely size so you have plenty of options. To really recommend you any fish, it would be good to know your water parameters, what are your KH & total hardness or TDS?
    My recommendation usually would be to go for a single species of bottom dwellers (group of catfish/loaches OR some small cichlids), a SINGLE group of schooling fish (imho its better to have one larger group than 2 which are too small) and a third species which i more oriented to the surface of your tank like gourmis or panchax (there are more options.)
     
    Start with those and see for a few month how it works. Then there might be the option to maybe add a forth species if needed.
     
    Did you set up your tank already? If not I would strongly recommend to go for sand as substrate.
     
  7. Fiji

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    My tank doesn't get direct sunlight for anymore than 5 hours a week. I have had bad experiences with sand in the past, so no to that. I have not set the tank up yet but I have all the equipment. In my opinion, I don't like the idea of putting little 3" schooling fish in a tank that big; I just don't. This is a bigger tank so I want bigger fish. The synodontis I'm interested in would probably be the upside down catfish. Thank you all for your answers.
     
  8. Ninjouzata

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    What kind of bad experiences did you have with sand? Maybe it's something we can help you fix, as a few of those fish would really appreciate it.
     
  9. Fiji

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    I had a 30 gallon tank about a year ago with sand in it and I found it to be quite difficult. I had a HOB filter for it and it would eat up a lot of the sand when I cleaned the tank; plus now I have a fluval 406 which has a much stronger suction than a HOD filter. IMO I think it would be very hard to clean a tank that size if it had sand. Thank you.
     

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