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DJMonty 10-24-2011 09:28 AM

Unusual species for a 55 Gallon tank?
Hi, everyone.

I am looking for unusual species for my 55 Gallon tank. This is not limited to fish, but rather to everything that can survive in a fish tank. Inverts, amphibians, fish, etc.

My question to you is: What weird and unusual species would you personally keep in a 55 Gallon tank? This question also applies to 40 Gallon tanks.


b819east 10-24-2011 07:57 PM

i have a flowerhorn and a crayfish in my tank they get along fine for a flowerhorn supposedly being more agressive then an oscar, which i will be gettin soon

spike0544 10-24-2011 08:56 PM

Flowerhorns are very cool fish, but I believe the recommended minimum size tank is a 75 gallon for one fish. How about a shrimp tank, you could have close to 1000 shrimp in your tank. That would make for a very interesting tank. I am planning a 40 gallon dwarf puffer tank. I just need to get the okay from the wife. B18East, I hope your not planning to put that Oscar in with the Flowerhorn, you may run into some big problems down the road.

ElectricBlueJackDempsey 10-24-2011 09:10 PM

A fish i find very interesting but have never kept yet is the Ctenopoma acutirostre. Would work great in the 55 gallon and you could do some other fish that won't fit in his mouth like rainbowfish.

b819east 10-24-2011 09:26 PM

what kind of problems would i have?

stevenjohn21 10-24-2011 09:59 PM

I would get a turtle :-)

ElectricBlueJackDempsey 10-24-2011 10:11 PM


Originally Posted by b819east (Post 873833)
what kind of problems would i have?

well first off your tank is too small. And flowerhorns are very territorial toward other cichlids and if your not getting a 90+ gallon tank, I wouldn't try it.

DJMonty 10-25-2011 07:22 AM

Thanks, guys.

Leopard Ctenopoma seem quite cool. I might get one of those.

I don't believe a flowerhorn would be okay in a 55 Gallon.

A shrimp only tank? Seems quite interesting.... Though I doubt I could have anywhere near 1000, there'd be no room for them to move. If someone can validate the stocking numbers, or post a different stocking level, the shrimp only tank would probably be what I go for.

Last but not least, the turtle. Bearing in mind I've not researched these, I doubt one would fit in a 55 Gallon.

stevenjohn21 10-25-2011 10:23 AM

A 55 gallon is perfect for a musk turtle since they only grow to be around 5"
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DJMonty 10-25-2011 10:28 AM

I'll admit, the idea of a turtle seems fascinating. I've narrowed it down to a Musk Turtle, or a shrimp only tank. However, I may convert it into a vivarium, and stock tomato frogs. I'm just so overwhelmed with the opportunities available.

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