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lvandert 08-09-2012 09:36 PM

55 gallon stocking options
 
Hello! This is my first actual post here. I'm usually over on bettafish but I figured this might be a question better asked here. I'm getting a 55 gallon fish tank on Saturday. It'll have everything with it; lights, filter, heater, gravel, plants (probably plastic), decorations, and a big wooden stand, for FREE. A friend is moving and can't take it with them. At the moment it has 4 goldfish in it. I'm hoping I can find homes for them on craigslist (posted for free to good home), unless anyone on here by/in Rapid City SD would like them. Due to the fact I'm in a rental and my landlord pays water I guess I would like to keep the stocking on the light side to ease the water changes a bit. I have very hard water and would consider myself a novice when it comes to fish stuff. I'm no expert but I've been around the block a few times lol. I'm not opposed to aggressive fish but I guess I would like a few schools of smaller fish more than one or two larger style fishies. Any suggestions?

newtchaplin 08-10-2012 01:41 PM

Harlequin Rasbora's, rummy nose tetra's, dwarf gourami's, Endlers, guppies, platy's, or mollies. These fish do really well with others of the same.

lvandert 08-10-2012 02:39 PM

Thanks! Olympia mentioned a hand full of Cichlids. Which I guess I do kinda like the sound of. Maybe only like 4-5, would that be alright?

Olympia 08-10-2012 03:09 PM

Depends what kind. Choices include Africa- Malawi, Victoria, and Tanganyika, all these are kept separate as far as I know.
You can also look at South American or Central American cichlids, which (to me) seem easier and better suited for a beginner. However I do remember you saying your water is hard (?) so that could be an issue.

lvandert 08-10-2012 03:11 PM

yeah my water is pretty hard. Could I do a school of corys? I seem to be liking those guys recently

ap4910 08-13-2012 06:07 PM

With hard water you would probably wanna do African Cichlids. SA/CA Cichlids Like soft water. but iKnow some things will lower your water PH like driftwood.... check out the 55 gallon cookie cutter off the cichlidforum:

Cookie Cutter - 55-gallons

ap4910 08-13-2012 06:13 PM

sorry some CA/SA cichlids will take hard water. Look at there profiles page to see what will fit your water


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