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Freddiesbuns 02-21-2009 09:13 PM

I must be insane! 50 gallons stocking suggestions?
 
I wanted to get a 20 gallons, but of course I went and found a nice used 50 gallons instead (do NOT look for any logic here...:oops:). I am looking for stocking ideas for that monster because I only stocked a 10 gallons so far. I plan to move my honey gourami and corydoras in the 50 gallons and convert the 10g into a male guppies tank.

I'm not really big on cichlids (unless I manage to find Kribensis or blue rams...those are...wow). The only fish I'm 100% certain I want are cories. I want armies of cories patrolling that baby like they own it! :-D

So...any ideas?

fishkid 02-21-2009 09:32 PM

For cories, you could try a school of multiple species. You might also want schooling fish, like rasboras and tetras. For the surface you could try mollies or guppies or even hatchetfish. A warning about the kribs, though. If they breed, they get aggresive, and if there are too many fish and too little cover, fatalities will occur. Kribs like retreats like overturned flowerpots. I would suggest the rams, because they're more peaceful. If you can, get the gray, drab, wild caught rams. They may look ugly, but as they mature, they get their colors, and they're a lot cheaper. What is the ph of the water?

FordMan 02-21-2009 09:36 PM

well i'm the biotope maniac and corries are from the amazon my favorite biotope how bout this 20 dwarf corries or 10 regular sized corries whatever variety dwarf meaning 2inches full grown regular meaning 4-6 inches full grown a dozen neons a dozen black widow tertra's 5 otos no gouramies guppies or any of those other asian fish oto's have some odd feeding requirements so read up on them before buying 5 blue rams 3 femals 2 males and maybe a bristle nosed cat fish or 2 some scalare angels and maybe one more school of rummy nosed glowlight or lemon tetras

Freddiesbuns 02-21-2009 09:44 PM

Thank you, I'm taking notes...I do love tetras now that I have checked the various species! Do you think a red-tailed shark would have enough space in there, with the cories? I know they are territorials...

FordMan 02-21-2009 09:47 PM

a red tail or 2 would be fine but that ruins the biotope that i was obsessing over lol

FordMan 02-21-2009 09:48 PM

i'd just avoid really small tetra's like neons as they may look too much like a meal to the red tailed

Freddiesbuns 02-21-2009 09:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FordMan (Post 174255)
a red tail or 2 would be fine but that ruins the biotope that i was obsessing over lol


Aw can't we just pretend?? :P

A question about cories, can cories of similar sizes but different species school together or should I get 6 of each?

FordMan 02-21-2009 09:57 PM

it's a little grey here they will somewhat but you should at least have 3 of each but my leopards always schools with my stripped but they also look similar but 3 of eash a s a general rule

veganchick 02-21-2009 10:35 PM

ottos and tetras!!

Freddiesbuns 02-22-2009 10:53 PM

Oh POO, the person I contacted for the 50 gallons changed her mind...but she did offer me her 33 gallons instead with the stand and all equipment for a lower price. I think I'm going to take up on that offer and see how it goes before trying even bigger. There goes the red-tailed shark!


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