Originally Posted by peachyqui
Thanks everyone! Yeah, I did the fishless cycle, and now have 4 tetras and 3 platies (and now 5 platy babies! :) Any recommendations on what to introduce next?
Hi and welcome!
I agree with Inga that plants are a great route to go in any circumstance.
Also with that stocking your platys are going to keep reproducing so if you don't want to be over populated with that fish I would eventually get rid of all the males or females or something.
With a 55 you have a lot of options.
I would suggest some substrate fish such as the cory species. Bronze Cory. Panda Cory. Spotted Cory. You want about 6-10 of one species. That should be enough for your substrate.
If you don't like corys you could consider some Loachs. Maybe Kuhli Loachs or Clown Loachs. You should have more than 6 of any of these species. For a nice tank like a 55 gallon you can have about 8-10 and they will be nice and happy.
What are you using for substrate.
I would suggest you getting about 16 more Neon tetras...maybe even 26 more. They look BEAUTIFUL when in large schools. You want to keep the school fish mainly one species because they will be happier and healthier. They live longer.
Then from there you can probably add some center piece fish....I would wait until the tan is settled though because adding too many fish at once can be troublesome. Especially without any plants.
Plants make everything easier and healthier.