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RLHam3 01-31-2009 12:30 PM

55 gallon suggestions
hey i've got a 55 gallon aquarium with two young jack dempsey cichlids(2in) and 1 young green terror(2.5in) these are all very docile especially for their species. I also have one pleco that is around 8in. I'm using this as a grow out tank so i know that i will need to move a lot out of here.

Here is what i need help with. I am looking for a cool active catfish that could do ok with my cichlids for a little while. here's what i've been thinking(i'd just want to go with one of these):

1 lima shovelnose
3-4 pictus
1 iridescent shark
1 Pangasius catfish

if anybody knows anything about any of these fish i would really appricate your advice! i'd also love any other suggestions that you have

PS- i'm planning to move everytihng out in less than a year

aunt kymmie 01-31-2009 02:02 PM

I can only vouch for the pictus. I love mine! He was incredibly active as a teenager but now has settled into his cave and hangs out there most of the day. He's always poking his head & barbels out from the entrance of the cave so even though he's not as active I still see him 90% of the time. I aquired him at 3" and a little less than a year later he's 6". I wish I would have done three as I've heard they will stay much more active if kept in a group. At this point if I added anymore he'd resent it and grumpily defend his territory, which he now thinks is the entire length of the tank! :-)

jeaninel 01-31-2009 02:46 PM

Pictus would be ok. The other 3 get way too big for a 55 gallon.

iamntbatman 01-31-2009 06:58 PM


Lima shovelnose: if you get a much larger tank for the cichlids, this could make a good mixer. I would say a 120g tank would be a good size for one. Just be sure you aren't getting a tiger shovelnose, as these get much larger.
Pictus: A good choice. They do fine in groups when young but you may get territoriality issues as they age. If so, be prepared to return some or put them in separate tanks.
Iridescent shark: The iridescent shark (or ID shark) is the same fish as the pangasius catfish. As these guys get over four feet long, need groups when young and are very skittish (i.e. literally tankbusters) they aren't really appropriate for any tank unless it is many thousands of gallons. IMO these should not be sold as aquarium pets.

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