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post #11 of 25 Old 08-07-2007, 12:34 AM Thread Starter
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well i was at petco (where the pets go) and i saw some cool fish. when i went here they had everything organized neatly, like community and aggressive. and i saw the bala sharks (had one before) they had the small ones and the big ones, the big ones were cool looking! cause i only had like a 3-4 inch one and these were 5 and they get to like 10 inches. i prolly gonna get like 2-3 of those, a pleco, silver dollar, and other community fish. i might buy like $100 worth of fish :). but i still need under gravel and a power head and rocks and decor. so in the ned its gonna cost me alot but ive been going to work alot (im only 14) and ive made $200 in like 4 days just on low pay :).

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post #12 of 25 Old 08-07-2007, 01:24 AM
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If i redid my 55 i would do it either an oscar and 3 equal sized tnfoils or a small fish community tank. With oscars make sure that you have enough filtration. If you get an oscar i would not get a pleco between the 2 of them there will be a major mess.

as of now i have silvers, tins, and a ghost knife.
You cannot mix the oscar and tinfoil barbs together. Tinfoil barbs grow rather large, at 12 inches and will need plenty of swimming space. A 55 gallons is pushing it.

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post #13 of 25 Old 08-08-2007, 12:49 AM
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Fill it with dirt and start a Mole Farm.

55's are kind of a problamatic tank. They look bigger than they are at first glance, and then, when you aquascape them, you realize they feel smaller than the actually are.

An Oscar can outgrow a 55. If it gets much longer than 11", it'll have a hell of a time turning around.

You do not have room for bala sharks. They get 16" and require lots of swimming room - at least a 6' tank.

You can do Cichlids and Corys and Plecos (oh my). Get some Angels or Festivums (Cichlids) 2 to four of 'em. Get a shoal of 5 to 7 cories. Get a pair of Bristlenosed plecos. Round it out with some heavy bodied tetras - Emperors or Lemons would be pretty.

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post #14 of 25 Old 08-08-2007, 03:18 AM Thread Starter
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most oscars dont get that big neither do balas. depends which type of bala you get. they have smaller ones and bigger ones. where i live there are. they have the ones that grow up to 7-10 inches and oscars grow to be 8 inches here. dont know where you live but you get some pretty large fish.

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most oscars dont get that big neither do balas. depends which type of bala you get. they have smaller ones and bigger ones. where i live there are. they have the ones that grow up to 7-10 inches and oscars grow to be 8 inches here. dont know where you live but you get some pretty large fish.
Assualt, I'm afraid Tophat has a point. Oscars do grow to 11 inches and above. Balas will still grow no matter what size you buy them. A 55 is still too small for a group and a group should consist of 6 or more as these fish are very skittish and liable to injure themselves from fright.

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I have to agree with Tophat and Lupin here. I wouldn't put an oscar or Balas in that tank.

My personal view is that a group of cories and then smaller comminuty fish would be lovely! Some tetras, danios, maybe a pair of BNs as suggested and you could have some rams as well if you like cics.
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post #17 of 25 Old 08-08-2007, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
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tetras=aggresive. i got a good 15-20 granite rocks that i need to wash off...great it gonna take forever. and im gonna build something with that so little communitys have somewhere to hide themselves or there babies. i was thinking of these fish. heres a list:

cichlids(need coral for substrate)
silver dollars=UB3R C001 f15H!
corydoras=for breeding :)
1 pleco=cause i had one before and there cool

and thats it! theres my list and i hope it will all work out!

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cichlids(need coral for substrate)
You'll have to rethink your substrate if you intend to add bottom dwellers. Substrate should not have sharp edges. Sand or gravel is okay. What cichlids are you planning to keep?
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post #19 of 25 Old 08-09-2007, 02:32 AM Thread Starter
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change of plans, im not gonna get cichlids. there really cool and all and colorful but when i went to walmart i saw to oscars and they were cool! they took like all the fish out of the tanks except the plecos and like tiger barbs. there was a little fish in a tank with 2 oscars! can you say interesting to watch! but the little fish was hiding in like a cage type thing.

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post #20 of 25 Old 08-12-2007, 01:41 PM
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Oscars are the biggest cichlids as far as i kno and are agressive i have kept one succesful with what had to be a 16-17 inch pleco (common) I was suprised it got that big.

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