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blacksheep 02-15-2010 01:27 AM

Hello everyone!
Hello im new to this forum :P

I am soon starting up a 55g, planted, tropical fish :-D
Did lots of research on cycling and all the other necesities for a healthy fish tank.
I plan to have 8 cardinal tetras, 4 dwarf gourmis, 5 glass fish, 3 rams, 3 plecos, 4 blood tetras, loaches, 2 chinese algae eaters, and some bambo shrimps.
Any thoughts or adive about having all these fishies?
Thank you community!~

wish me luck!

Romad 02-15-2010 07:48 AM

Hi Blacksheep,

Welcome to the forum. I'd skip the plecos unless you get one or two bristlenoses (your lfs might call some species dwarfs).
the common pleco gets quite large, can be aggressive as they get older, and they are notorious poopers. i just returned one yesterday to my lfs bc he got too big for my 45 gal. and i couldn't keep nitrates under control because of the amount of waste.

And from what I remember, the chinese algae eaters can be aggressive too. You might want to do some more research on compatability before you purchase all of your fish for a community tank.

good luck

dramaqueen 02-15-2010 10:30 AM

Hello and welcome to the forum.

JohnnyD44 02-15-2010 02:50 PM

hello and welcome to our forum!!

iamntbatman 02-15-2010 06:45 PM

Welcome to TFK!

Feel free to ask about whatever issues you might have concerns with regarding your new tank, as we'd love to help.

Twistersmom 02-15-2010 07:58 PM

Hello and welcome!

aunt kymmie 02-15-2010 11:05 PM

Welcome to the forum, blacksheep! If it were me (and it's not) I'd ditch the CAEs. What type of loaches were you thinking? Loaches love inverts, yum yum. A common pleco for a 55 I wouldn't do, but the bristlenose would be a good fit. What type of pleco(s) were you considering??

willow 02-16-2010 02:20 PM

hello and welcome. :-D

blacksheep 02-16-2010 08:58 PM

Kuhli loaches or just clown loaches, albino plecos :p

iamntbatman 02-16-2010 10:03 PM

Albino bristlenose plecos would work just fine in a 55g. You might only want to get one though, as males can be really territorial with one another and if you get a male and female you might end up with a lot of babies.

Kuhli loaches are cool fish. Also, if you can find them, Botia kubotai, Botia striata, Botia almorhae and the adorable little Botia sidthimunki are all neat fish. Clown loaches get much too big for a 55g though.

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