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Old 01-13-2011, 07:48 PM   #1
 
Stocking a 55gallon

It's going to be heavily planted with tons of rocks and hiding spaces...
Here's what I NEED from the fish:
Some attractive schoolers, a few show fish, fish that vary from bottom-mid-top dwellers.
The fish have to be relatively easy to keep, peaceful (duh :P ) and affordable ( no fish over $10 )
Also, I'd prefer to not have them breeding like crazy... I have 3 pregnant platties in a 30g that already has a dozen adults... no fun!

SO! Anyone bored and in the mood to list off some suggestions?
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Old 01-14-2011, 01:02 AM   #2
 
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Welcome to the forum.

This is a past stocking list for my 45 - I think it'll be better in a 55.

Dwarf neon rainbows (top level, active, schooling, flashy), pearl gouramis (show fish, graceful, swims all over), gold barbs (mid level, schooling), corys (bottom dweller) and apistos (could substitute bolivian rams - less $$)

I have since gotten bigger tanks and have moved stock around, but that setup worked very well for me. It was a very colorful, very active tank with movement at all levels in the tank .
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Old 01-14-2011, 05:29 AM   #3
 
That sounds pretty good.
Here's my customized version of something similar to what you were suggesting...
3x bolivian ram
3x pearl gouramis
6x corys
6x neon tetras
6x rasboras

Does anyone else have a suggestion?
AND does anyone have any imput on these guys all getting along... will the gouramis be cool with the rams?
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Old 01-14-2011, 06:41 AM   #4
 
what's your water parameters? ph and hardness? this will make a difference
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Old 01-14-2011, 07:20 AM   #5
 
ph of 6-7 and soft water
atleast, that's what the internet tells me.
I need to get proper testing kits...!
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Old 01-14-2011, 11:17 AM   #6
 
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what's your water parameters? ph and hardness? this will make a difference
I've kept a lot of different fish, and with a few exceptions, the pH and hardness aren't very important. Fish can easily adjust to parameters that are outside their "preferred" range.

I couldn't even tell you what my pH and hardness are - never tested them here.


I don't see any issues with your stock list, except that I'd bump the final numbers up to 8-10 corys, 15 neons, and depending on the rasbora species, more of them too.
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Old 01-14-2011, 12:10 PM   #7
 
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I like the Pearl gourami's, they're my favorite gourami. I would get 1 male and 2 females along with 8-10 Harlequin Rasboras, 8-10 Rummynose tetra (great "schoolers") and 6-8 cories. I don't have experience with pearls and rams together but it may work since rams like to stay near the bottom and the gouramis more near the top level. I have had rummynose and harlies and I really like how they looked together. They will look great in a planted tank.
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Old 01-14-2011, 12:15 PM   #8
 
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That sounds pretty good.
Here's my customized version of something similar to what you were suggesting...
3x bolivian ram
3x pearl gouramis

Does anyone else have a suggestion?
AND does anyone have any imput on these guys all getting along... will the gouramis be cool with the rams?

I put two gold gouramis in my tank about two weeks ago. I was frustrated since my big fish orders were delayed and all I had were cories (which I love) but not much going on in the upper reaches of the tank. The bigger one chased the smaller one pretty near continuous. I was getting a bit irritated about it. I got two German Rams in on Monday. The Gouramis would not leave them alone. I was stunned.

I took the Gourami's back to the LFS after a day (first chance I had, you know work gets in the way from time to time) and the Rams were totally different on Tuesday evening and Wednesday afternoon...although something happened between Wednesday night and yesterday afternoon in my tank, and I think they are now dying (another thread subject) as are all my non-cories.
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Old 01-14-2011, 12:23 PM   #9
 
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I put two gold gouramis in my tank about two weeks ago. I was frustrated since my big fish orders were delayed and all I had were cories (which I love) but not much going on in the upper reaches of the tank. The bigger one chased the smaller one pretty near continuous. I was getting a bit irritated about it. I got two German Rams in on Monday. The Gouramis would not leave them alone. I was stunned.

I took the Gourami's back to the LFS after a day (first chance I had, you know work gets in the way from time to time) and the Rams were totally different on Tuesday evening and Wednesday afternoon...although something happened between Wednesday night and yesterday afternoon in my tank, and I think they are now dying (another thread subject) as are all my non-cories.
3 spot gouramis have an entirely different demeanor than pearls. Pearl gouramis are right up there with honey gouramis as the most peaceful.
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Old 01-14-2011, 04:37 PM   #10
 


That's where I'm at now for stocking and such... what does everyone think?
I'm still open to completely different ideas!
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