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jimmyhoye 03-16-2009 10:23 AM

55 Gallon Help
I just got 55 gallon tank. I want to stock it with some fish that get pretty big. I would like it to not be just antoehr fish tank. What are your suggestions?

JohnnyD44 03-16-2009 10:43 AM

well there are ton of different ways to go.

First off, make sure you let your tank cycle. Fishless cycling is definetly the way to go. I'm not sure if you're familiar with it at all, but it's a process which will help your fish live longer and, with the proper maintence, keep your tank healthy for a long, long time.

Here's a link I used when I did mine, which explains is pretty simply. Fishless Cycling Made Easy

As far as stocking, there are a ton of ways you go can with it. Maybe take a trip to your LFS and pick out some fish you like and people on here will be able to help you with compatibility!!

flight50 03-16-2009 11:39 AM

fishless cycle really is just a sparing of the fish. it won't guarantee longer life. you use fishless instead of using live fish to cycle the tank. which can save you not only money but time. proper care determines the health of the tank.

mattyphilly 03-16-2009 01:10 PM

I think he wants to know what fish he can stock his tank with.
A small community around pearl gourami's is nice...U can add south east asian plants, also floating ones.
Or a pair of angels and/or a pair of rams with a small pleco...and get some south american plants.

Hmmmmm....makes me wanna start a new tank. hehe

jimmyhoye 03-16-2009 03:11 PM

yes, the fish part is what i want to know. I laready have a 55 gallon and a 10 gallon running right now. I do cycle my takes but thank you for caring to tell about a another way to do it. Now i am leaning towards a brackish tank with archers and scats but im unsure right now. Any freshwater fish that get pretty big that would work well in my tank

flight50 03-16-2009 05:28 PM

i was just commenting on the post about the fishless. i understood what was wanted. i just failed to respond for i am a small community fish keeper and don't know too much about bigger fish. depends on what you consider big as wee. but i believe there are cichlids that get a decent size. discus, angles, oscars, etc. you could even do piranha if you want. the bigger the fish, the bigger the appetite which will cost you some green for sure.

jimmyhoye 03-17-2009 03:43 PM

So does anyone know some good big fish for my tank

catfishtabbi 03-17-2009 03:53 PM

Hi jimmy, i luv a pair of red bloodparrots or redcap/ oranda goldfish. I.m not sure if you can get more than two BRP or not but i luv em'.

ghosty 03-18-2009 06:24 PM

it depends on what you class as big. you can go with eels ( i personally like the bichir eels they actually chew there food its cool to watch) you could go cichlids, like green terrors, jack dempsy, wolf cichlids ( although they are quite aggressive). for bottom feeders you could do synadontis they grow quite large as well. there are alot of ways you could go. good luck

catfishtabbi 03-19-2009 09:03 PM

Still looking? Checkout climbing perch or gold datnoid on live aquaria. You manly men can have beauty and beast fish. these two get big and go well w/ carnivours and predatorials too

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