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post #1 of 13 Old 03-20-2013, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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55 gallon stocking

I have my 55 gallon tank finally set up. I already cycled it and I have play sand as a substrate. I have 2 Marineland penguin 350s for filtration.

But no on to the stock list I already have one fish in it a senegal bichir. Also soon a brown knife fish I ordered will be coming in to.

But what else could I keep with these two? I was thinking some type of cichlid maybe kribenis or blue Acara? But does anyone have any suggestions of fish to keep with them thanks for all the input in advance.
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post #2 of 13 Old 03-20-2013, 02:38 PM
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You could do an African community tank, but in my experience a 55 was too small - I upgraded.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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An African community tank would be cool could I do like the African cichlids with them like maybe electric yellow labs? Or what would you reccomend
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post #4 of 13 Old 03-20-2013, 03:07 PM
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Is a 55 large enough for a Bichir... don't they get over a foot long?

Cool fish though... "They are ambush predators and may stalk and prey on smaller fish."

Read more: Senegal Bichir (Polypterus senegalus) Profile

Actually, a 75 is recommended now that I read the profile.

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Total years fish keeping experience: 7 months, can't start counting in years for a while yet.

The shotgun approach to a planted tank with an LED fixture

Small scale nitrogen cycle with a jar, water and fish food; no substrate, filter etc
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post #5 of 13 Old 03-20-2013, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
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I saw that but I have heard anywhere from 30 gallon minimum to 125 minimum anyway IMO I think the 55 is gonna be fine since I have seen one senegal bichir over 12 inches long almost all of them max out at like 10 inches. They are a cool fish to this little guy is awesome. They sure do have some teeth though. But have any ideas of other fish that they could live with preferably a cichlid type fish.
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post #6 of 13 Old 03-20-2013, 03:11 PM
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An African community would not have cichlids.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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post #7 of 13 Old 03-20-2013, 03:20 PM Thread Starter
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Alright I was thinking about like the electric yellow cichlids and stuff like that. But what type of fish do you recommend do you for a African community. Also if any cichlids would work what type would you guys do maybe jewels or kribenis.
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African knife, spotted ctenopoma, African butterfly, feather fin catfish, congo tetras and a bichir (palmas, delhezi, Senegal). You could try kribs or jewels, but theres no guarantee that they will last long term. But like I said, a 55 was too small.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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post #9 of 13 Old 03-20-2013, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
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Alright well thanks for the input there I might consider a African butterfly fish. Or something you listed.
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post #10 of 13 Old 03-20-2013, 05:39 PM Thread Starter
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Just a thought here but could I put in any of these fish?

Silver dollar
Kribenis
Angelfish
Blue Acara
Fire Eel
Kissing Gourami
Electric yellow cichlid
Blue cobalt


Could any of these fish here work?
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