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post #1 of 5 Old 01-01-2012, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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got a 55 gallon vertical tank, up for ideas on how to fill it

Okay, so as the title says, I have a 55 gallon vertical hexagonal tank.and I am up for ideas on how to fill it up

small fish like zebra danios and angelfish, to large fish like discus and cichlids

i want this to be more of a breeding tank than a community tank, so keep that in mind


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post #2 of 5 Old 01-02-2012, 05:08 PM
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If we have your water parameters it will help us offer suggestions. Vertical tanks can be more of a challenge to aquascape, but there are some very nice designs depending upon the fish species. Obviously, slow sedate fish as opposed to stream active swimmers would be suitable. Angelfish and discus fall into this category (both are largish by the way) and there are many species of characins (tetra, pencilfish), cyprinid (rasbora) that would suit, keeping in mind the possibility of small fish becoming food for angelfish in particular. The afore-mentioned is presuming soft to medium hard water. In harder water, livebearers or rift lake cichlids are possible.

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If we have your water parameters it will help us offer suggestions. Vertical tanks can be more of a challenge to aquascape, but there are some very nice designs depending upon the fish species. Obviously, slow sedate fish as opposed to stream active swimmers would be suitable. Angelfish and discus fall into this category (both are largish by the way) and there are many species of characins (tetra, pencilfish), cyprinid (rasbora) that would suit, keeping in mind the possibility of small fish becoming food for angelfish in particular. The afore-mentioned is presuming soft to medium hard water. In harder water, livebearers or rift lake cichlids are possible.

If by water parameters, you mean salt or freshwater, I mean freshwater. as for the soft/hardness of the water, I am really up for anything as the tank hasn't been filled or cycled yet.
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If by water parameters, you mean salt or freshwater, I mean freshwater. as for the soft/hardness of the water, I am really up for anything as the tank hasn't been filled or cycled yet.
What Byron means is the hardness, alkalinity, pH, etc. from your tap water will /already/ have certain parameters. While you can tweak these a little, and difficulty will vary depending on whether your water is already hard or already soft, it's not recommended and it would be much easier to go with what your water is like naturally.
You'll need to get a water test kit (walmart, your lfs, and some other places have them) if you don't have one. Or maybe you can take a water sample to your fish store and they can check it for you, mine does this.

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Yes. On the test kits, a pH test is worth having, as pH can fluctuate in an aquarium and be a warning sign. Hardness will not, unless something is specifically targeting it, so what comes out of the tap will be the same in the tank basically. Hardness, both GH and KH (alkalinity) can be ascertained from your water supply folks; unless one intends adjusting hardness, a test kit is wasting money.

Some fish are very specific as to hardness and pH, others are adaptable to various degrees. And pH is related to hardness, though pH can vary due to biological matters even if hardness does not. It all depends on the hardness. You might find this useful info:
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...quarium-73276/

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