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post #1 of 2 Old 07-29-2012, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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Stocking a 56G

Tank dimensions: 30" W x 18" D x 24" H

I'm sure you've all heard this question over and over, but I can't make up my mind and I need to make a decision. How would you stock my tank (considering the fact that it is not as wide as a regular 55g)?

I want to do live plants and, of course, I'd like some fish with some intelligence and personality. Variety would also be nice. Upgrading to a larger tank down the road is not outside the realm, but it's not something I'd want to get into anytime soon.

I don't really want angelfish, even though my tank is perfect for a few of them (height over width), but I have considered blue gouramis, rainbow cichlids, bengal loaches, and some kind of small schoal.

Any recommendations?
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post #2 of 2 Old 07-30-2012, 11:25 AM
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With tanks that do not have length, you want to avoid active swimming fish and stay with quieter, more sedate fish. Gourami and other anabantids are suitable, the smaller cichlids, and for shoaling fish there are the rasbora (in the Cyprinid family), some characins such as the pencilfish, hatchetfish for the surface, and the quieter tetra (cardinals, some of the Rosy clade in Hyphessobrycon, etc).

Depending upon your water parameters, lots to choose from among these. Check our profiles [you kow about them?] for info on species specifics.

All of the fish mentioned need live plants, and there are many of these to choose from too. The light neecds to be sufficient to reach into the tank.


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