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post #1 of 24 Old 04-03-2014, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
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Advice on stocking 55g - one "wet pet"

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I'm new to this forum but not new to the fish hobby. I've had fish in one way or another since I was a little girl. Let's just say, that's been a long LONG time. ;)

Right now I have a 39g tetra/danio/cory tank, a 29g young red jewel pair tank, a 20gL guppy tank and a 2.5g betta tank. My daughter and son in law are putting together a 47g saltwater reef tank and I will soon have a 20gL freshwater goby tank.

I am getting a 55g setup tonight. I am wanting a single, "wet pet" type tank. I've always wanted an Oscar but know that it would get too big for a 55g. A Jack Dempsey is out as well.

I have been trying to do some research as to what would work, but the more I read online, the more conflicting information I find.

What I am considering now is...a female Green Terror OR a Red or a Turquoise Severum OR a pair of Blue Acaras or maybe even a Salvini. Those are pretty much in order of preference.

Thoughts? Pros/cons to any of those choices?

Editing to add...the tank will be well over-filtered and oxygenated.

Thanks in advance!

I've had aquariums in one way or another for over 40 years. Currently have a tetra community tank, a jewel cichlid species tank, a guppy species tank, have a tank cycling and am starting a saltwater reef setup.

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post #2 of 24 Old 04-03-2014, 04:11 PM
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I would go with a pair of cichlids rather than just one. I think you'll find then more interesting that way. To get a pair, the best way is to get 6 juvi fish and let a pair form naturally. You will eventually remove the other 4 fish, but it's not a bad idea to leave them in for a little while so that the newly formed pair can "bond" by defending their territory together. For a 55 gallon I would look for fish that will grow to not more than 10 inches. The tank is only 12 inches wide.

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I would go with a pair of cichlids rather than just one. I think you'll find then more interesting that way. To get a pair, the best way is to get 6 juvi fish and let a pair form naturally. You will eventually remove the other 4 fish, but it's not a bad idea to leave them in for a little while so that the newly formed pair can "bond" by defending their territory together. For a 55 gallon I would look for fish that will grow to not more than 10 inches. The tank is only 12 inches wide.
I have that setup already with my pair of young Red Jewels.

I really don't want to have to have to take back any fish, I'd be too attached to them by then, lol...and I am at my limit with tanks - I'm removing chairs from my living room just to fit in the 55g tonight!
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post #4 of 24 Old 04-03-2014, 04:57 PM
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What about getting a turtle?

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
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
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
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post #5 of 24 Old 04-03-2014, 06:02 PM
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a couple of fancy goldfish or a mating pair of angels would look nice in a 55.

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A Green Texas cichlid (herychthys carpintis, not cyanaguttatus) would work well and is a beautiful fish. They stay a bit smaller than the regular Texas (h. cyanaguttatus) to about 8-10 inches. I kept mine in a 55 gallon with some tiger barbs.
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What about getting a turtle?
I have 9 - 8 box turtles and 1 Russian tortoise. :D
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a couple of fancy goldfish or a mating pair of angels would look nice in a 55.

We're wanting to do something we haven't done before, we've had goldfish and many many angels. :D

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A Green Texas cichlid (herychthys carpintis, not cyanaguttatus) would work well and is a beautiful fish. They stay a bit smaller than the regular Texas (h. cyanaguttatus) to about 8-10 inches. I kept mine in a 55 gallon with some tiger barbs.
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Hmm...that is something to consider, thank you. I've done some research on a regular Texas, but not the Green Texas Cichlid.

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post #10 of 24 Old 04-04-2014, 05:31 AM
I dont see how a Jack Dempsey would be out. They only grow to 10in, occasionally one or two get to 12in. Most male terrors only get to 10 in, although they CAN get to 12. Female green terrors usually only get to 6in. What about a fire mouth, or mabye a pair. My firemouth is full of spunk and personality, and is always begging for food and Ive only had him about a week, they only grow to 6in and are very colurful when maintained well. cheers
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