11-12-2011, 08:17 AM
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Originally Posted by mothman
Hello everyone Iím new to this forum and I need a bit of help. I just bought a 55 gallon fish tank and I am lost as to what kind of fish I should get. I have a filter, heater, gravel and tank cover with the lights. I have some experience with gold fish but I would like to have more colorful fish and maybe some coral, any help would be appreciated.
Welcome to the site! There are lots of things you'll have to answer for people to be able to help you here. Has your tank been cycled? Do you want a freshwater or saltwater tank? What is your ph level, and what level of commitment are you prepared to make? If you get fish considered more difficult to keep, are you prepared to meet water requirements etc? Goldfish are a very easy fish. If your tank isn't cycled, you should consider doing fishless cycling first, while you're doing your research on fish.
You should also consider live plants. They really make a tank look attractive and natural. There are lots of nice colorful fish. You can check the profiles of fish here (above, under "Tropical fish Profiles") and you should also go to a reputable fish store and start looking at fish and asking questions.
I'm sure others will weigh in with ideas too! It's always good to do your research about types of fish, care, personality, temperment, etc, before you get the fish - you won't regret it! Much better than having fish you don't want later.