55g Stocking Advice
Hey there TFK members,
I'm new to the fish keeping hobby and would greatly appreciate some input from some fish keepers more experienced than I. I recently purchased and set up a low tech 55g planted tank (as well as a 10g quarantine tank), so now I'm trying to figure out a good stock to fill it with once it's cycled. I was thinking something like this:
Harlequin Rasbora x 10
Neon Dwarf Rainbow Fish x 10 (4m, 6f)
Kuhli Loach x 8
Peppered Cory x 8
Bamboo Shrimp x 4 (Only after tank has matured)
On paper this doesn't seem like too many fish for a 55g, but I know there are greater factors at work, such as bio-load, space, etc; all things considered....is this list overstocked?
Running an Aquatech 30-60 and Aquaclear 110 filter
Low-tech planted tank w/ Aqueon 48" LED lighting
Temperature at 78F
pH at 7.7
dGh at 7
Any input is greatly appreciated! :-D (PS: I hope I placed this thread in the proper sub-forum...)
Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.:-D
I don't see any issues with your list, and there is room for more so keep looking.;-)
BTW, we have fish profiles in the Reference Area, each with photos.
Thanks for your help, by the way. Much appreciated!
The rainbowfish is very blue, so you might want to stay away from more blue to avoid lessening this fish's beauty.
What do you think of Rummy Nose Tetras (x10)? I have black sand as substrate, so I think their coloration would show nicely within the tank, but I've heard they're somewhat sensitive and not for beginners.
If not these fish, could you recommend any others that might work well in a 55g community?
Rummys are nice little fish, I have a group of 21 in one of my tanks. They do need soft water (your GH at 7 is fine for this, I keep mine at 5-6 dGH), and are better with slightly acidic so if your pH will lower below 7 it would be better. That might or might not happen, pH does tend to lower unless there is something preventing this. So on the whole I wold be willing to try them. There is the more common species http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/c...leheri-190401/ and the "False" Rummy http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/c...orgiae-191489/. The latter is less common, but given its lightly larger size might be rather nice in your 55g, though it will be wild caught and thus a bit more demanding in water.
I looked through the species profiles you recommended and a few caught my eye. If I were to add one more shoal it would either be the Rummy Nose Tetras that we discussed, or one of these two species:
Dwarf Chain Loaches
I'm a big fan of loaches in general, but I don't want to overcrowd the kuhlis and cories by adding another shoal of bottom-dwellers. However, the profile for chain loaches says they tend to swim in the mid-level of tanks, so would they be a good fit?
As a second choice, the cherry barbs have a very appealing shape, coloration, and seem to be quite hardy, though shy. Would they be easily stressed by the active nature of neon dwarf rainbowfish? (Are these barbs nippy at all? I know tiger barbs have a rather notorious reputation...)
What about a centerpiece fish? Something like a gourami.
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and that might be another for here. My only reservation is the rainbowfish, a species I am not directly familiar with.
The loach usually swim out and about, but my group never do, or rarely. I'm not sure how they would react with kuhlii. ??
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