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Stocking Ideas for a 44G
Old 04-11-2009, 09:11 AM   #11
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you can start with a few angels,then once they pair up you'd need
to seperate them.
mopani/bog wood. sand or gravel,or sand and gravel half mix.
plants like java ferns,penny wort ,hornwort,valisneria,anubias,swords,anarchis,elode a.
rock work incorperated with the wood perhaps.
if you want some other inspiring tanks to look at apart from the ones here
check out this.............
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i have often spent hours looking through all the tanks,some are very beautiful.
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Old 04-11-2009, 01:11 PM   #12
Okay, so is it better to just have one? I don't see the point in having 3 and then having to separate them into different tanks later on.
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Old 04-11-2009, 01:20 PM   #13
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i think you can keep them on their own,if you have a very large aquarium
you can keep them in a large group.
i would like someone else to give input on the angels though. :)
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Old 04-11-2009, 01:29 PM   #14
Thanks, so is 44 gal enough for a large group that I do not have to separate, some tetras, and cories?
Also, about the sand- plants will root fine in it? Won't the sand cloud the water if stirred?
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Old 04-11-2009, 02:18 PM   #15
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I posted a picture of my 55 gal. tank futher down this site under( Changing out substrate). I have pool filter sand in one and black sand in the 6 gal. tank check out the pictures. The black sand is really nice for plants as it has iron in it and plants like it. If you go with the sand that I have you might have to put plant tabs under the plant to grow well. I have a mix or real & fake plants, I think that a 44 gal. tank it's nice to have a community of fish. 1 Angel would be fine. Mine gets along with all the others that I have. Remember they will grow to about 6" full grown. This way you can mix it up abit and not have to worry about pairs or them being aggressive with the other fish in your tank. Alot of people like the ideas of a group or more with angels but like just having 1. check out this site for compatibility.
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Old 04-11-2009, 03:26 PM   #16
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44 gallons is not big enough for a group of angels when they are full grown. I have two females in my 30(29) gallon, and they get along fine. I think that within the next nine months or so, I will have to be getting rid of one of them as they will get too big for the tank. It might be possible to have a group of three to four in your 44 if and only if you had no other mid to high level dwellers. Even then, you still run the risk of getting a male and female that will pair off and kill the other because of such close quarters. A lot of plants will help out with this. If you want a visual, just cut a diamond shape piece of paper 6 inches in length from point to point and 10 inches in height from point to point and you can see how quickly you tank will fill up.

With almost any fish no matter how peaceful it is, or who it grew up with. Once it finds out that a certain fish will fit in its mouth(if it likes the taste) it will go after fish of that size for food. With angels this doesn't happen all that often, but there is a possiblility that in a couple years they might find this out about the neons. I would say it was less than a 25% chance, so you still are pretty safe for that stocking. Keep in mind that angels have pretty small mouths, so it would have to be a really big angel for this to happen. For reference, my 3" blue rams have two to three times the size of mouths as my 5"x7" angel.

As for african cichlids, the odds are against you for keeping them in your tank with other tankmates. Most africans(especially from lake Malawi) are extremely aggressive and need to be overstocked in the tank with other africans. Also the water parameters that they need(high ph) will rule out most other fish possibilities.
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Old 04-11-2009, 03:33 PM   #17
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I just checked out the link that eileen posted. That is a great place to start and it is very conservative on its approach. Keep in mind that what works for one person, wont work for another, and everything that people on this site recommend is based upon their own experience and tried and true combinations. Pretty much anything that is classified as peaceful will work together as long as the water params are correct for their species. Once you get into cichlids(which the angelfish is) it will be based upon the individual fish's personality.
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Old 04-11-2009, 03:41 PM   #18
I think I have settled!

S.A Biotope with
1 Angefish
8 Serpae tetras
6 Cories

Any other suggestions? Do I have room for more?
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Old 04-11-2009, 04:10 PM   #19
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Your current choices 1 Angelfish "6 = 6 inches
8 Serpae tetras "2 = 16 inches
6 Corys= "2-3" = 12 inches

You have about 34" of fish in your tank with this selection if your Corys only grow to 2" max. Some get to be 3" or 3 1/2 depending on type. You need to research what type you want to get. I like going by the 1" per gallon rule . You have about 10" worth of fish if you go by this rule. Understocking is better then overstocking that's why I like this rule. You can put 5 more 2" fish in the tank I have Gold dust mollies in mine they are a bright yellow color but they are only male They are( livebearers) so I do not want any females. Any pairs of livebearers or trios will make excess babies but the Angelfish will eat the babies so you can go that way also once the Angel gets big enough to eat the baby fry.
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Old 04-11-2009, 04:41 PM   #20
I think I might also get 5 mollies and the angelfish will eat off the fry.
Before I decide on mollies, instead of mollies how many gouramis are OK?
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