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teddyzaper 08-10-2010 02:22 PM

50g fishie inmates?
ok, so i got a 50 gallon that was gonna be used as a saltwater originaly, but it was just to much money so i decided to go to freshwater. this tank will have a wet dry trickle filter or a custom made filter under the tank since this has an overflow. in total it will have 70 gallons, but only 50 gallons of swimming room.

so my question is, what would you put in the tank. i know this is very broad but i just cant chose. i first thought discus, but then that would be almost as much as a salwater tank lol. then i thought a cichlid tank, but i cant find a cichlid that will fit in my tank, i would love a colony of some fronts or something like that, but its just not possible..... my next thought was a tank FULL of neon tetras and cories because they come in such beautifull colors. if i was to do this i would most likely have around 30 black neon tetras and like 20-30 cories but the bad thing with this is that they are just so small fish that they would go right over the overflow, i know i could put a cover on it though. A couple other ideas i had were a school of silver dollars, but they eat plants, a bunch of tiger barbs and some plecos, but they are very aggressive.

anyways, if you like one of my ideas please tell me which one, and if you have your own idea dont hessitate to share!!!!


kitten_penang 08-11-2010 07:35 AM

corys for the bottom sound good. maybe barbs for the top cause they don't fit in the filter lol

teddyzaper 08-11-2010 12:08 PM

lol ya, but wouldnt the barbs hurt the cories?

kitten_penang 08-11-2010 12:10 PM

nope barbs stay in the center and cory in the bottom. maybe a little plant and a drift wood will make if it more coosy for the corys

dylan94 08-11-2010 08:48 PM

If you really want have cichlids in your tank, you can always go with dwarf cichlids. There are many species of cichlids, but all of them require different water conditions. To name a few there are kribs, rams, apistos, etc. I personally keep kribs in my 29g and they are gorgeous fish and very fun to watch. Both bolivian and german blue rams are beatiful but require different water conditions. All apistos are gorgeous fish and most if not all require soft acidic water. If you can provide the pH gH kH, etc. It will be easier to help you on your decision. Also, rams and apistos can be kept with neon tetras and cories. I have kept kribs and tiger barbs in the past and they got along very well. I hope this info helps :)

bones14 08-13-2010 09:18 AM

Knowing your water parameters will help you decide what to put in the tank.I've gotten my 50g going and the water is basic with a ph of 7-7.2 right now.I'm doing Boesmann Rainbows and rasboras.

teddyzaper 08-15-2010 02:15 PM

well i know my ph is 7.4, but i do not know anything else :P... im now thinking either the silver dollars or a school of tiger barbs, although ive never done a tank withought plants, so if i do the silvers it will be a new experience :)

Romad 08-15-2010 04:31 PM

I have green tiger barbs and cories together in my community tank and i've never seen any aggression with them. If you keep the barbs in the proper schools (6 or more if i remember correctly), you shouldn't have any problem. They are lots of fun too.

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