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post #1 of 12 Old 01-31-2011, 08:37 PM Thread Starter
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55g FW Tank

So I just got a 55g tank and the water is cloudy and the ammonia has spiked so its cycle has started :) Right now I have it stocked with 6 tiger barbs and they are doing very well. My plans for this tank are a predator/aggressive tank.
My plans were:
- 12-15 tiger barbs
-1 oscar
-1 eel (Not sure which kind yet)

I don't know if these combinations will work which is why I am asking you guys for some help :)
I am also looking for some other fish that would go well in my tank. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks :)
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post #2 of 12 Old 01-31-2011, 08:59 PM
the oscar would enjoy fine dining on the tigar barbs maybe the tire track eel would work.

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4 Pangio Kuhli
12 Hemmigrammus Bleheri
2 Botia Lohachata
1 Botia Straita
1 Ancistrus Sp.
6 Poecilia Reticulata




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post #3 of 12 Old 01-31-2011, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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Would they oscar and tiger barbs be alright as long as they are similar size? I can understand if I would have to relocate the barbs once the oscar grew to a bigger size.
Also would bala sharks be a good addition to the tank?
I'm open to any/all suggestions
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post #4 of 12 Old 01-31-2011, 09:40 PM
I guess the barbs would be okay until the oscar got bigger and same with the balas but they could stay in the tank. Maybe jack dempseys would work and they are very pretty.

38 gallon :
Pelvicachromis Taeniatus Nigerian Red not yet breeding pair
4 Pangio Kuhli
12 Hemmigrammus Bleheri
2 Botia Lohachata
1 Botia Straita
1 Ancistrus Sp.
6 Poecilia Reticulata




The Wet Spot Portland Oregon!!!!!!

ADA: Do!aqua Iwagumi 10 gallon size!
7 Clown Killies
7 Ghost shrimp
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post #5 of 12 Old 01-31-2011, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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Okay I'll take a look at those. Im still open to more suggestions. Also do I have to worry about my eel eating the fish?
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post #6 of 12 Old 01-31-2011, 10:09 PM
An Oscar will outgrow a 55 gallon. I tryed to put 7 full grown tiger barbs with my Jack Demspey before he was even in the new tank. They were all gone in 2 days.
Are you looking for a large South American Cichlid for this tank? You could try a Dempsey or a Green Terror. You could also try a Severum with 10-15 tiger barbs. Severum are less aggressive and have smaller mouths but still have lots of personality.

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post #7 of 12 Old 02-01-2011, 11:01 AM Thread Starter
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O well then maybe the barbs will have to go? What if I put a some bala sharks instead of the tiger barbs? Would the demsey eat those as well? And I will consider putting a severum in there they look like neat fish
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post #8 of 12 Old 02-01-2011, 02:23 PM
Bala shark will also out grow your tank and prefer to be in a shoal of at least 5. You would need a 6ft tank minimum

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post #9 of 12 Old 02-04-2011, 08:14 PM
personally I think an oscar would be just fine maybe others could comment and jacks only get about eight inches so i would get 1 if you get an oscar then maybe a midas. I don't think the eel would eat any of the ciclhids but the tiger barbs maybe

38 gallon :
Pelvicachromis Taeniatus Nigerian Red not yet breeding pair
4 Pangio Kuhli
12 Hemmigrammus Bleheri
2 Botia Lohachata
1 Botia Straita
1 Ancistrus Sp.
6 Poecilia Reticulata




The Wet Spot Portland Oregon!!!!!!

ADA: Do!aqua Iwagumi 10 gallon size!
7 Clown Killies
7 Ghost shrimp
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post #10 of 12 Old 02-04-2011, 08:24 PM
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55 gallons is not enough for an Oscar fully grown, the fish will need to be able to turn around, in a 55 gallon it cannot.

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