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post #1 of 3 Old 03-02-2012, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone, i am upgrading from a 20 gallon to a 38 or 55 gallon. I hope it's the 55! The demensions of the 38 are 36L X 12W X 20H and the demensions of the 55 are 48L X 13W X 21 H. If I get a 38 i'll have a pair of angels, some hatchetfish, and some peaceful catfish (twig, cories, small pleco, whiptail) and if i get a 55 i'll have the same setup with a couple more angels and bottom feeders, and some black phantom tetras. Any ideas or comments? Thanks.
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post #2 of 3 Old 03-02-2012, 06:55 PM
Do the 55 :) Just be careful how many bottom feeders you add.
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post #3 of 3 Old 03-03-2012, 06:36 PM
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The 55g will be better if angelfish are intended, as then you can have a small group (5 works well). If you get a "pair" they will have to be a true male/female pair that will tolerate each other (not all males will accept any female), and that is not always easy to tell in small (immature) fish. If they turn out to be two males, one will almost certainly be killed in time. The group spreads out this natural aggression.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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