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So when I set up my aquarium (Friday, ~2.5 weeks ago) originally with new gravel/sand, established plants and filter media from a previously established tank, 15-20gal of established water with 30-35gal of new water w/ dechlorinator...

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55 gal high tank
Rena XP2 filter w/ DIY CO2 inline diffusor on return
Spray Bar and intake tubes on seperate ends
Heater keeping tank 78* constant
11 Danios (4 Zebra, 4 Pearl, 3 Purple Passion)
Coralife CF 36" 96 watt Light

Started with 2 Zebra Danios after a week of cycling w/ filter,plants, old/new water then added the others over the course of last week.

Tank seems to be doing well for only 2 weeks in, slight ammonia spikes after adding the new fish, but everything seems to be right about 0 otherwise. I'm going to give it another week or so with the current setup, maybe add a few more plants. But here's what all this is working up too:

Here's what I'm looking to eventually stock the tank with, of these which of these would be the best addidtion for 3 weeks in as far as hardiness/resilliance to the cycling fluctuations:

-Blue/Paradise/Honey Gourami (3-4)
-Torpedo/Albino Tiger Barbs (6-8)
-Cory Cats (4-6)
-Kuhlis (4-6)
-German Blue Rams (2 - I plan on getting these near last)
-Possibly: 2 Discus or Angelfish or other large fish


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Daz said:
Rethink the stocklist fella, drop the Angels and cut down on the rest by at least 70%. Otherwise best of look sounds good. 8)
Those aren't definite numbers by any means. I'll go with more or less of each depending on what I run into at the time at the LFS or what seems to be working well...

Basically, I want eventually:

-Gouramis
-Kuhlis
-Corys
-Barbs

what should be next in your opinion?
 

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I wouldn't recommend the tiger barbs with angelfish. Tiger barbs are somewhat aggressive and shouldn't be kept withthe slower moving angelfish. They are pretty hardy and would probably be a good next step.
 

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Yeah, thats fine. I don't think either the discus or angel's will never make it into the tank... I just want some large fish to act as a focal initial focal point for tank viewers.
 

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Wait a little over a month for the corys and kuhlis, that way they have something to scrounge on. (Is that a word? Or did I just make that up? haha) and I dont know if you should mix gouramis and barbs, not entirely sure if they would be best for eachother. Personally I think discus belong in a breed only tank, and the angels wouldnt really mix with your fishies that you want =) As for numbers of fish? I have no clue what size of a 55 tall is, so ill leave that to others to determine, its a bit funky with it being tall and not wide.
 

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Off Topic: Scrounge is a word. :p

As for Cories, they can be ok on algae wafers. Mine subsist off the algae from the plants I got from the store as well as the algae wafers.
 

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yeah, the tank is an odd size and reg 36" lights are a tad bit small for it... but I'll try to update with pics tonight of the tanks current setup. And yeah, discus are pretty much out, just a very beautiful fish.

I'll probably add the Barbs this weekend and then cory's and kuhlis (whenever I can find them!)
 

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Off Topic: Scrounge is a word. :p

As for Cories, they can be ok on algae wafers. Mine subsist off the algae from the plants I got from the store as well as the algae wafers.
make sure cories get some meat, they are omnivores so get some algae and some shrimp pellets.
 

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I feed 3 types of food at most feedings (I don't always do the algae wafers). I do flakes and micropellets and the micropellets generally fall tot he rocks to give them some snacking while they are scurrying around the gravel.
 

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Just a quick mention that discus are not compatible with the other fish you've named simply because they need much softer water than the others, and much higher temps. I'd also be careful with the rams, as they also prefer the softer water and higher temps.
The paradise fish and barbs should be ok together provided there is enough territory and more than one of either species in the tank to help keep the aggression levels down.
I also wouldn't mix the honey gourami with the paradise fish. Paradise fish can be extremely aggressive, especially once they mature.
 
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