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Aqua Jon 09-20-2013 12:50 PM

Stocking a 50g with some favorites
Hello all,

I've recently set up a 50g planted w/CO2 about a month ago. I have transferred 7 zebra danio into the tank from my old 10g. I would like to see in the new 50g 4-5 German Blue Rams, 3-5 Angelfish (scalare), maybe some cories or a small pleco (perhaps farfello sp?) and possibly a 2-3 SAE for the BBA or an amano/nerite/fiddler crab team to handle that instead.

Thoughts, suggestions?

aussieJJDude 09-20-2013 04:59 PM

Personally, 4 - 5 Rams in there seems a bit too much! Most likely, they will spawn and if they do, I don't think the tank could handle 4-5 rams plus cories or a pleco! I really think that you should stick to a pair of rams for this tank...

I would also say no to fiddler crabs as they are a brackish water animals, so they don't really mix well with this set-up! They also like to have places out of the water and they must be easily accessed too! But the shrimp and snails are for this tank.. :-)

Can't wait to see pics!

Aqua Jon 09-21-2013 02:59 PM

Thanks aussie! I've read about angels and rams not liking active fish (danio & SAE). Is this a concern or is it alright? Also the danio are nearly 5 years old and may not last another year or two. I actually had to mercy kill one today with a gastric tumor :cry:

pictures are on the way ;-)

aussieJJDude 09-21-2013 03:43 PM

I say the rams and the danios would mix as they live in different water levels, so they hardly see those danios!
With the angel, maybe not, I heard that zebras (or most danios) will nip the angels flowing fins, but then again, I seen a few tanks were there was zebras mixed with angels. Maybe keeping a Gourami in the tank instead??? :-)
Or maybe increase the shoal size of the zebras or have another small shoal of rasboras/tetras?? :-P

Aqua Jon 09-27-2013 12:59 PM

So I ended up with 4 baby angelfish. They are incredible to watch. They like to chase the bubbles up the co2 ladder and are getting along fine with the z.danios. They are also eating BBA growing on driftwood(?!), which is good because it had been a small challenge to feed them with the danios swarming the surface.

Here is a picture of the tank itself. I have some video of the angels going after the co2, but haven't uploaded it yet.

willow 09-27-2013 01:35 PM

i like the way you've done the tank,it's really nice.
are you planning on a backing to hide equipment ?

Aqua Jon 09-27-2013 03:48 PM

Yes. Eventually a black backing. I've like them in the past. My hope is that the alternanthia and amazon will grow to camouflage some of the equipment
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aussieJJDude 09-28-2013 08:15 PM

Wow, your fish tank rocks!! :-)

buggythemolly 09-29-2013 05:19 AM

my angel fish get along fne with my tetrass and basicly every fish i have in theers

Aqua Jon 09-30-2013 02:32 PM


Originally Posted by aussieJJDude (Post 3103505)
Wow, your fish tank rocks!! :-)

Thanks ! :shock::-D

and buggy thats good to know! they seem to be doing very well. lost one due to ick the other 3 are battling it :\

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