Setting up a new 55. Stocking suggestions?
So, basically, my mom's friend has a common pleco in a 20 gallon tank right now. She's had him for about 7 years and he is way too big for the tank. She feels bad and wants me to take him. So, she's getting me a 55 gallon for him. This is extremely nice I must say, and I'm glad she cares about this fish enough to do something about it. My dad is just about done building me a stand and I'm getting the tank saturday. Once it is cycled, I'm taking the pleco.
Eventually, I would like to get more fish. I know plecos have big bioloads. This guy has also eaten small fish she's tried to add with him. I think part of it is the small space he has. But, to be safe, I want something a bit bigger. I was thinking scalare angels. Could I fit 4-5 in with him? What would be my water change with that? I'm getting a 60 gallon filter, and eventually will probably get a second one.
Any other suggestions? I want to plant it eventually.
First you have to cycle the aquarium for about a week. When it is done cycling check your water parameters. If they are good than add the pleco. With a pleco there are many possibilities on what to add with it.
In a 55 gallon you could certainly do 4-5 angels with the pleco. Weekly water changes of 30-50% would suffice. The angels would appreciate a planted tank but the pleco may tear up some of the plants simply with his bulk (like a bull in a china shop). Anubias and Java Fern which could be tied to driftwood and heavy rooting plants such as swords may work though.
In your signature, there is mention of 29 gal planted tank? Or the 20 gal tank that you mention pleco is now in?
I might maybe borrow some filter media and or substrate from one of these two tank's when I
set up the 55 gal.This would speed up the maturing, or (cycling) process a fair bit.
Would look for Aquaclear 70,Emperor 400, or canister filter to run in addition to the filter rated fro 60 gal considering the fishes mentioned,
Thanks. :) I'm finally setting up the tank this weekend (my dad is just about done with the stand). And I've ordered some nice driftwood for it. I appreciate the feedback for the angels and water changes. I'm thinking of looking into the canister filters. I've never had one, but a lot of people seem to like them. As for plants, I'm really putting some though into them. I have about 10 species in my 29, and I like them, but I want to stick to about 5 for this 55. I love java fern, and everything that attaches to driftwood.
And I've got 3 cycled tanks currently (and cycled one for my dad). I've got the process down. :p And I used media from my 10 to cycle my 5 and 29.
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