Review my setup?
Advice would be very welcome. I'm going to be getting a 55 gallon tank within the next few days and I've made a plan of what I plan to stock it with after it cycles. I wanted to run it by someone and get an opinion of the list I made.
1 common pleco(coming with the tank)
4 spotted cories
4 peppered cories
1 black molly
5 zebra danios
1 striped raphael catfish
1 bala shark
4 dwarf cories(if I can find them)
1 dojo loach(maybe)
Is this good on space for them or am I pushing it? It will be pretty heavily planted and I'll have a lot of hiding places in the tank. There will also be an area of sand substrate for the raphael catfish. Will the smaller fish get picked on or eaten, and is the bala shark a good idea? I read up on all of these and balas are apparently peaceful and good natured. I'm also iffy about the dojo loach, as they prefer cooler water. At that temperature, should I disclude the loach? The tank also comes with some guroumis if I want them, species not specified or how many. I know some can be aggressive. Should I look into keeping these?
Thanks in advance for any advice.
And I was thinking about keeping the minnows and the wild guppy(?) in the ten gallon and putting in a betta. Does that sound okay?
OK, it doesn't sound terrible but there are a few things i'd like to point out.
The bala sharks like thir own company, groups of 6 or more are best and due to the size they grow to, you're looking at a few hundred gallons tank so I would say no, not a good idea.
I've never kept loaches but i know that geerally they like to be kept in groups as well so perhaps ditch him as well?
Rather than 4 of each of the 3 cories, you may be better off expanding the groups to 6 each, and having only 2 speices, I would go with the larger species as the pygmy species prefer even larger numbers yet.
Maybe add aother couple of otos, again they like larger groups, and the same with the danios.
So lets see,
Looks fine to me with the exception of the plec outgrowing it ventually, but as you said he comes with the tank, and I'm sure you're aware of his size. For the size of the tank you could afford to up the number of danios even further of you liked, or add a school of 6-8 of one of the smaller tetra species.
If the pleco gets too big I'm sure I could find him a better home. I've been trying to find some sort of dwarf pleco, preferrably clown, but the tank is coming with the common, so I figured I'd take him in. And definitely ditching bala shark and dojo loach. Right after I posted I found out that balas like groups of six or so. I'll take your advice on the cories and keep it a mixed group of six. I'll get a few more otos as well.
My lfs is selling peacock eels, what's your opinion of those? Or a school of glo-light tetras?
Glo-lights would be just fine and would make quite a nice addition IMHO.
The peacock eel isn't one i am too knowledgeable about. they like a soft substrate so sand would be great since they like to bury themselves in it. They are also known for eating smaller fish so I would worry a bit about the tetras and maybe even the danios and cories, I'm really unsure as to how big a fish they will eat, you might be fine. Somebody else would be better advising you on that. They can grow to a foot in ength, so if you see a fully grown one, try to imagine what would fit in its mouth, to give you a better idea. For feeding they like meaty foods like krill, bloodworm, brineshrimp and apparently they absolutely love earthworms.
They can get up to 12" long, but most in a home aquarium they average around 8-10". They like to burrow a lot, whether it is sand or gravel. They need a good amount of hiding spots as well. They are actually very fun to watch at my LFS, whether they are chilling under the gravel or swimming all over the place. They might want to eat small fish as they mature, such as small tetras and such. Like all eels, they like meaty foods, but I think they will accept flakes every now and then.
Okay, probably ditching the eel as well. If I do get glo-lights I wouldn't want them eaten. I'm also trying to find out from the owner of the tank what kind of gourami's he's offering. I know some can be semi-aggressive, so if I know what kind I'll look those up.
most types of gourami would work well with the fish you have chosen.
From the pictures I can tell there are at least three in the tank. I'll just take them and post some pictures on here. Once I figure out what kinds they are, I'll make a definite decision. If any of them do turn out semi-aggressive, I'll see if I can get a trade from my lfs. So here's what the final bill looks like:
1 common pleco(until I can relocate him)
1 striped raphael catfish
6 spotted cories
6 peppered cories
1 black molly
6 long fin zebra danios OR 6 glo-light tetras
Can't wait to have such a cool tank. It's been my dream since a kid to have a huge aquarium. Thanks for the input, everyone.
if you really wanted a eel i would go with a"spiny eel" i know they dont eat other fish and i have one in my tank now. it looks cool in the tank but its kinda lazy. i had him for a 4 months now and i have not seen him eat lol but it must be if its still liveing lol.
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