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NC Frank 08-24-2009 10:46 AM

Tank Stocking Questions
 
My 55 gallon currently has:

3 Angelfish
1 Kribensis
7 Blood Fin Tetras
2 Platties
5 Corydoras (3 albinos, 2 spotted)
12 assorted live plants

I wish to add the following:

2 to 3 swordtails
1 German Blue Ram
2 more angelfish
2 or 3 other smaller community tank type of fish to add some variety... Unsure of what to add.
Possibly another corydora or 2.

I always slowly introduce new fish so I wouldn't just add 10 or so fish to the tank at once.

Current water conditions:

PH 7.0
Temp 78.6
Amonia - 0
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate - <20

Filtration - Rena 2 canister with additional phosporus bag + Aquaon 55 gallon.

An I OK adding this many fish over time or will it cause a problem with overstocking?

Thanks

1077 08-24-2009 11:47 AM

Angel fish actually do well in groups while they are small. Once they reach sexual maturity and possible pairs are formed, they have little tolerance for other angelfish and can be nasty. However, if a group of five or six are kept together from birth, they can live in relative peace with little or no squabbling.
The german blue ram would prefer softer,much warmer water than your other fish would appreciate.But Bolivian ram would probably work.
Were it me,(and it ain't) I would look at the numerous tetras and barbs that are available and would do well with pH values you posted.
Livebearers, such as platies,mollys,and swordtails can, and do ,reproduce like rabbits. If you choose to increase their numbers I would opt for platies or swordtails and I would have four females to each male. I would not place more than two male swordtails in the tank for they can torment other males in efforts to eliminate the competition for females. I hope some of this helps.

NC Frank 08-24-2009 12:24 PM

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Originally Posted by 1077 (Post 232644)
Angel fish actually do well in groups while they are small. Once they reach sexual maturity and possible pairs are formed, they have little tolerance for other angelfish and can be nasty. However, if a group of five or six are kept together from birth, they can live in relative peace with little or no squabbling.
The german blue ram would prefer softer,much warmer water than your other fish would appreciate.But Bolivian ram would probably work.
Were it me,(and it ain't) I would look at the numerous tetras and barbs that are available and would do well with pH values you posted.
Livebearers, such as platies,mollys,and swordtails can, and do ,reproduce like rabbits. If you choose to increase their numbers I would opt for platies or swordtails and I would have four females to each male. I would not place more than two male swordtails in the tank for they can torment other males in efforts to eliminate the competition for females. I hope some of this helps.

Thank you for your response. I will certainly look for a Bolivian Ram instead of a German Blue based on your suggestions. Even though I like the appearance of the German Blue more I want to introduce what is best for the environment.

I am going to add 1 male swordtail and 3 females. My platies look to be one male and one female though I am not entirely sure.

The angels are still young and have not paired off. My heart is set on getting 2 more similar sized. Do you think it would be a problem introducing them?

As for corydoras... what do you think about adding 2 more?

1077 08-25-2009 12:54 AM

If the Angelfish are small then you could probably try and add two more. Please keep in mind that Angelfish get large and in my view,will need all of the 55 gal. when they reach adulthood.
I would leave the corys at five. Have seen albino corys at nearly three inches long.
Kribs can reach four inches or possibly larger. As fish grow,they eat more and produce more waste.
It is hard sometimes to refrain from stocking a tank to it's capacity when fish are small but in my view,it's best for fishes.


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