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post #1 of 4 Old 05-05-2011, 07:07 PM Thread Starter
55 gallon stocking question

I have had my 55 for about a year now and have gone through many different decor changes and stocking changes and I think I have found a combo I really like. The tank has two tetra ex70 filter, lots of driftwood covered with java moss and a jungle of valisineria. I have 1 bristlenose pleco, 1 red tailed black shark, 15 tiger barbs and 10 columbian tetra. I am having an itch to add one more species but I fear I may not have room. What do you guys think? If I have room, what would go well.
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Another shoaling fish would work. You will want active fish to match what you have, such as some of the medium barbs in the profiles.

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I was thinking Serape Tetra, I like the color and I think they can hold their own. What do you think? The other species that caught my eye was the red melon barb, I have never heard of them, but the owner of LFS claims they color up very nicely as they get older. They are a bit expensive though. How does 8-10 of either sound?
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I was thinking Serape Tetra, I like the color and I think they can hold their own. What do you think? The other species that caught my eye was the red melon barb, I have never heard of them, but the owner of LFS claims they color up very nicely as they get older. They are a bit expensive though. How does 8-10 of either sound?
The Serpae need a large group, same reason as Tiger Barb, to restrain their aggression. So that would work. I would say 12 Serpae Tetra.

The Melon Barb I am not familiar with, but doing a quick reference check suggests it might be too mellow for Tigers. I read it should be OK with peaceful fish; that is not an adjective for Tigers.

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