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post #1 of 9 Old 02-13-2014, 05:01 AM Thread Starter
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Zebra danio 55 gallon stocking help?

So I have a cycled 55 gallon tank with 15 zebra danios. It has gravel with lots of driftwood and rocks of all types (lava, rainbow, slate, etc.) the driftwood was boiled the rocks were cleaned and my parameters are perfect. Now I need some stocking ideas. I was thinking a rainbow shark but they get aggressive so now I'm thinking a bn pleco for my bottom dweller since I don't have sand for corys to thrive. I was thinking cherry or rosy barbs. I like denison barbs as well but tigers are too aggressive as well. Giant danios seem peaceful and a good option as well but I want some variety and color going on haha. My main concern is getting a nice centerpiece fish that won't outgrow my 55 gallon but hopefully not eat my danios. I was thinking a single blue gourami but I have a hob filter and a large airstone and I wouldn't want to wear it out! I've heard a single female convict cichlid can be peaceful if bought young but they seem to have a bad reputation. I wouldn't mind schooling fish but I really want a nice centerpiece! Oh yeah and I'm getting live plants as well soon. I will take any advice to heart and thanks in advance.
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A normal HOB and Airstone are not going to make so much current that anabantids are off the table. If you really want a Betta or Gourami, get it. Avoid settling for something you don't want; that just makes you unhappy with your tank...

If you have really cranked up the flow with a specialized or super oversized system, then you might want to skip them, but you can still get other riverine species. Cherry Barbs are beautiful. White Mountain Cloud Minnows are another option you did not mention.

Second, avoid the pleco. A 55 gallon tank is still too small for the common pleco. It gets big, and it gets there fast. Some species stay smaller, but are messy and stay hidden all day. They just don't work out very well in most tanks.

If you REALLY do have the flow and highly oxygenated water, and you want something different, look into the Hillstream Loaches as your bottom dwellers instead of a pleco. They are a more advanced fish, with special care requirements. They are sometimes labeled as some variety of Asian Pleco. The Reticulated is the most visually stunning.

Convicts are colorless grey drab fish. However, the cichlids can be a very nice centerpiece fish. Try to find ones that stay under 4". With the Apistos or Rams, you can have several in a 55, or a pair, or a single fish. Same with Kribs. A pair of Angels would work, or a single fish. All will protect a nest, but they only chase about a foot.

Other small Cichlids will work, like Jewels or Firemouths... but get only one. They can become murder machines when they spawn.

Finally, the common redtailed shark could be what you are looking for if the above options don't pan out. Avoid including the pleco, but they will coexist happily with the loaches.

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Zebra danio 55 gallon stocking help?

I agree, never settle.

I disagree about convicts being drab colored fish - they have alternating stripes (hence the name) and females show a lot of orange/red/pink. There are also pink convicts - my female has beautiful orange markings on the body and blue on the fins.

Plecos work fine in most tanks, but you have to make sure that they are size appropriate for the tank.

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Alright thanks for the excellent responses! I have looked in to loaches before and I really like the look of yo yo loaches, are hill stream loaches a different kind or a broad family of loaches? And would a rainbow shark be fine with a cichlid such as a convict, blue ram or firemouth if they had plenty of caves for establishing territories? I know blue gouramis do good with rainbow sharks but I'd much rather keep a cichlid for their personality!

Now I know zebra danios are dither fish but would some other small schooling fish be ok with a cichlid and/or rainbow shark? And which cichlids can stay in a pair and not particularly terrorize everyone else. One pretty one will be fine but just exoloring my options since the more the merrier! Thanks again!
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I agree, never settle.

I disagree about convicts being drab colored fish - they have alternating stripes (hence the name) and females show a lot of orange/red/pink. There are also pink convicts - my female has beautiful orange markings on the body and blue on the fins.

Plecos work fine in most tanks, but you have to make sure that they are size appropriate for the tank.
My convicts are quite colorful, love 'em!

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I have never had a Rainbow Shark, so I don't know about them.

However, any top and mid dwelling schooling fish that is large enough not to fit in your centerpiece fish's mouth is usually ok.


It sounds like you are now heading toward having several "centerpiece" fishes?

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post #7 of 9 Old 02-15-2014, 04:05 AM Thread Starter
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Haha yeah it kinda does. I've decided that I think ill just ditch the cichlid idea until I get some more experience or bigger tank for species only. I'm thinking my full set up will be

Zebra danios (15)
Rainbow shark (1) already in tank and juvenile
Female blue gourami (1)
Bristlenose pleco (1)
Ruby barbs (8-10)

I will introduce the blue gourami first after I plant some amazon swords (any other easy to grow plants with t8 lights for good foliage?) and java moss on my driftwood and lava rock. Than the pleco which should be fine with all my hiding spots and possible territories. Than the ruby barbs which still have nice color but are more peaceful and less nippy than tigers. Sound good? Any suggestions or tips? All will be helpful!! Thanks in advance.
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No.

All "Shark" type fishes (not really sharks, but whatever) do not do well with shark looking fishes... like plecos.

They fight when they get to the right size, and eventually one will kill the other.

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No.

All "Shark" type fishes (not really sharks, but whatever) do not do well with shark looking fishes... like plecos.

They fight when they get to the right size, and eventually one will kill the other.
I agree, that some sharks don't do well with other species similar to sharks. However, plecos are not in that category. Lots of people keep them together.

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125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
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