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post #1 of 5 Old 06-16-2013, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
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Questions for fish in 50 gallon

I just got a new 50 gallon and I need to know if these fish are compatible together. I am thinking 1 angel fish, 3 silver hatchet fish, 5 glowlight tetras, 1 rubber lip pleco and 2 ghost shrimps. Also, is that overstocked?
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post #2 of 5 Old 06-16-2013, 11:58 AM
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I'm not going to comment on compatibility but numbers. Hatchet fish need more numbers than that... might be a minimum of 6 recommended but I wouldn't go with less than 8.... same with the tetras.

If I were only stocking those fish in a 50 and if the angel and others are fine together, I'd start with 12 each of the hatchets and tetras and as many shrimp. I've a 37 gallon with somewhere around 16 barbs, 10 corys, 10 cherry shrimp and a Betta.

The only issue might be how fast you stock them. All at once would be an issue so one species added a few weeks apart from the next. Perhaps the angel first but others with angelfish experience might comment more on that.

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post #3 of 5 Old 06-16-2013, 12:32 PM
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Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.

I agree that the hatchetfish and tetra definitely need more. These are shoaling fish that live in huge groups, and they have a need for a group.

Moving on to compatibility... I'm not a shrimp person, but I wold suspect that shrimp will quickly become a meal for some of those fish.

Angelfish are also shoaling fish, and in a 50g you could have a group of 4 or 5. Just be aware that this will likely result in a pair (or more) forming, and territorial issues follow. I would not keep a sole angelfish on its own, this is contrary to the fish's natural existance and thus not the best. A breeding pair (that have bonded) would be OK, again the breeding issues obviously.

Linear fish like glowlights should not be combined with angelfish, as the linear tetra are a natural food for angels. The disk-shaped tetra are better, if you go with the angels.

We have fish profiles in the Knowledge Area, so you can check out all these fish. Data on numbers, compatibility, etc is included.

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Tetras

What kind of Tetras would work better with the angelfish?
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What kind of Tetras would work better with the angelfish?
Some of the species in the genus Hyphessobrycon, such as the Robert's, Rosy, Black Phantom. The Lemo and Flame should be OK. Check the profiles under characins, Hyphessobrycon and Hemigrammus species; just avoid those that warn of fin nipping or not suitable with sedate fish like angels. The hatchets work, just more of them. You can have corys for the bottom, with the pleco is fine.

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