Originally Posted by Absntmind
I am looking at making an addition to a 55 gallon (48" long) planted tank. I am thinking a slightly larger fish as a centerpiece, either one that can be kept alone or as a pair. Any suggestions would be helpful. Have thought about dwarf gouramis or possibly an angelfish. Always wanted one, yet have been nervous to keep one due to hearing about how sensitive they are (not emotionally, environmentally).
Currently in tank are:
2 Ghost Cats (I am planning to add 2 more)
2 Upside down cats
7 Zebra Danios
PH from tap is approximately 7.6-7.8 and hardness according to our city data is 185. I have been keeping the temp between 76°-78°F.
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What gender are your mollies? What kind of molly? Sailfin? Common? Ballon? Dwarf?
You have: 8 - 12 dGH 140 - 210 ppm medium hard water
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Have you thought about having a ONE Kribensis?
If you get a male he would get big but the females are more colorful and peaceful. I wouldn't add any more cichlids with them though. I would not get a breeding pair because they get nasty when they breed.
You could also try a pair of Bolivian Rams, this would work out great! They are beautiful fish. You can get a breeding pair because they aren't too crazy like the Kribensis. I would not keep these with a Kribensis.
If you go with angels I would try for Scalare Angelfish. They are beautiful.
Also I would HIGHLY recommend you getting at least 5 total of each catfish. They like to be in groups and will live longer happier lives. The only problem is you can't do that with your current stocking levels if you wanted Angels.
I would not keep mollies with angels, but that is totally up to you. I would move the mollies into another tank so you can keep the angels.
Originally Posted by Scalare Angelfish
Compatibility/Temperament: Generally peaceful. Except for a mated pair being maintained specifically for spawning, angels should be kept in a group of four/five or more. Males are territorial and a hierarchy will be formed within a group; all fish in the group should be acquired at the same time to avoid territorial aggression (subordinate fish can be bullied to death) when new fish are added to an existing group. Active tankmates may intimidate angelfish and the stress can make them prone to disease and may cause them to refuse to eat. Good tankmates are non-aggressive catfish, small to medium sized loaches, medium-sized characins such as many of the Hyphessobrycon species such as those in the Rosy Tetra clade, Trigonostigma species of rasbora, Phenacogrammus interruptus (Congo Tetra), Moenkhausia pittieri (Diamond Tetra). Not suitable with anabantids (gourami, betta), active swimming fish (such as danio) or small fish such as many of the tetras and similar fish; should not be kept with discus (for the good of the discus). Angelfish are slow and sedate, and fish inclined to fin nip must be avoided.
Read more: Scalare Angelfish (Pterophyllum scalare) Profile
Angels can only be bought at the same time, if you don't do that they will fight and kill one another.
For that reason I think it is best to settle the stocking. Decide on what you want to keep so when you get the angels you will be satisfied. If I were you I would consider moving the Molly's because they will bother the angels because they are soooooo active.
So to sum up my suggestions:
- Option 1 - 1 Male or 1 Female Kribensis - 3 of each Cat Fish
- Option 2 - 1 Pair of Bolivian Rams - 3 of Each Catfish
- Option 3 - Remove Mollys - 2 of each Cats - 2 Angels
- Option 4 - 3-4 Bolivian Rams - 2 of each Catfish
- Option 5 - 2 Gouramis - 3 of each Catfish
IDEALLY you want 5 of each catfish. If you don't get angels you have more stocking room.
If you want more angels...you need at least 4 and you would need to move the mollys and maybe the upside catfish out of the tank to make more room for the bio load.