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Jtdragon 10-07-2010 07:42 AM

Good community?
I have a newer 55 gallon tank. I started off with 5 Giant Danios (which I am convinced need fish mental therapy) for cycling. The levels were all normal so I started adding fish a bit at a time. I just wanted some advise as to if I should expect trouble latter. Here is the break down. 5 Giant Danios, 3 Debawi catfish (which tend to school with the Danios), 3 Clown Loaches, 1 Gold Severum, 1 Angel (which tends to hang out with the Severum), and one Clown Pleco (The fish store assured me that this species of Pleco would get bigger than about 3"). All the fish get along well right now, just want opinions that this will stay that way

Inga 10-07-2010 07:48 AM

Are you planning to upgrade your tank size this year? I see some fish that are going to need to "move on up" because of their size. Also, some fish that likely will not get along with each other.

Byron 10-07-2010 08:02 PM

The Clown Pleco can be expected to reach 5 inches, but that is OK in a 55g.

The clown loach are a different story; these fish can grow to a foot and must be in a group of minimum 5, so they need a 6-7 foot tank to be healthy. Unlkess you plan to upgrade to a much larger tank as Inga suggested, I would return the clown loaches. There are loach species that remain smaller, check our fish profiles (second tab from the left in the blue bar at the top, or you can click on shaded names in posts to see that fish's profile info).

Angels are shoaling fish by nature, and thus need a group. In a 55g you have room for 5-6 angels. Check our profile on this fish, it has some important info on acquiring them together and explains their shoaling nature. Pterophyllum scalare is the species of the common angels. The "closeness" of your angel with the severum is indicative that the angel is looking for friends, but of his own species.


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