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post #1 of 7 Old 12-15-2013, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
How many more fish can fit in 55 gallon tank

so i have a 55 gallon tank.originally a goldfish tank.after all the goldfish died i just gave up on them so my grandma took me to the store today to pick out some new fish after recycling my 55 gal tank for a few months.i got an angel fish(only 1 left don't worry i do plan to give him a friend),two silver dollars,and we got lucky and got a free plecos(algea eater).someone had abandon the or fella so they were looking for a home for the poor little guy and i decide to take him since my tak is somewhat big enough for him to clear up some of the red algea in the tank(left some on purpose cause i knew i need an algea eater).the algea eater is a pretty good size so he was obviously being treated well at his old home.but anywho besides the additional anglel fish i plan to get.how many more fish can fit in the tank?

don't worry if any of these fish get to big i do plan to find them another home or a new tank.i know plecos can get pretty damn big and i think angels too.
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post #2 of 7 Old 12-16-2013, 06:12 AM
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so i have a 55 gallon tank.originally a goldfish tank.after all the goldfish died i just gave up on them so my grandma took me to the store today to pick out some new fish after recycling my 55 gal tank for a few months.i got an angel fish(only 1 left don't worry i do plan to give him a friend),two silver dollars,and we got lucky and got a free plecos(algea eater).someone had abandon the or fella so they were looking for a home for the poor little guy and i decide to take him since my tak is somewhat big enough for him to clear up some of the red algea in the tank(left some on purpose cause i knew i need an algea eater).the algea eater is a pretty good size so he was obviously being treated well at his old home.but anywho besides the additional anglel fish i plan to get.how many more fish can fit in the tank?

don't worry if any of these fish get to big i do plan to find them another home or a new tank.i know plecos can get pretty damn big and i think angels too.
The pleco will definitely needs a larger home. Silver Dollars are actually schooling fish and need more like 5 fish to make them happy. They get to be fairly large and are fairly messy eaters. The minimum tank size for them IS 55 gallons but keepers of silver dollars generally recommend 100+ gallons. There is also the possibility that the silver dollars will fin nip at your angels.

Personally, if you want more fish, I recommend returning the pleco and silver dollars, then getting two more angels, a school or two of cories, and a couple schools of tetras. Try looking into smaller pleco species like bristlenose, rubber lip and clown plecos. They really don't eat much algae, though. If you want an algae eater, I suggest nerite snails.
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post #3 of 7 Old 12-16-2013, 11:30 AM
i had to rehome a pleco cuz it got too big for my 55. schools of fish lookbetter then a couple big fish. 2 angels, maybe 2 bolivian rams. mollys or platys, tetras are great fish, cory cats or some cool glass catfish, theres alot of things to pick! i always try to get two center piece fish.and a handful of smaller schools. i love my smokey blue angelfish.
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Glass catfish are extremely sensitive to water parameters and aren't recommended.
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post #5 of 7 Old 12-23-2013, 10:42 PM
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Maybe get a few kuhli loaches for the bottom?? Sorry, I kinda a loach fan well a kuhli loach fan anyway!

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Kuhli loaches might be my favorite aquarium fish. Get several because they hide a lot.

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Kuhli loaches might be my favorite aquarium fish. Get several because they hide a lot.
Yes the more you have, the more you will see them. They like flat things to hide under, like a stone or something. Small caves are good too.
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