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Good Community Fish For 55 Gallon Tank
February 14, 2012
2:31 pm
Canadian Fish
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Hi, I currently have a 20 Gallon tank that houses twin barred platies and julii corys. I am a novice in the hobby.

We just set up a 55 gallon tank that is currently cycling.

I had originally wanted a Red Tail Shark, possible with tiger barbs, but speaking to people with experience with RTS's, once they mature some of them seem unable to tolerate ANY tankmates.

I really like the way the platies interact in my small tank, and the corys are very active as well. My current tank sits about 12 feet from my couch and we watch it on and off all day, very entertaining.

Basically I would like to build a friendly community of fish, but fish larger than our current species. Our 55 gallon tank is about twice as far from the couch, but it'd be nice if we could still see the fish.

Ideally, I'd like a group of 7 or so fish like the Rosy Barb, that get to about 6" fully grown, and interact well together. Unfortunately, the Rosy Barb needs a cooler temperature than many other tropical fish, and may limit what I can add down the road.

So basically, I'm looking for ideas to stock a peaceful community tank with bottom, middle and top swimmers that cohabit the tank well and are active and entertaining to watch. I would prefer the largest group, probably the middle swimmers, be around 6" mature.

I've check out many fish compatibility tools online and either they disagree or contradict themselves, or the fish I find are either too aggressive, need different temperatures then others, need a bigger tank, or are nocturnal (in which case I will barely ever see them).

It's a standard 48" 55 Gallon tank with an Aquaclear 70 filter.

Ideally the fish would be good, hardy fish suitable for a relative amateur to fishkeeping.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, I am certainly open to any ideas.

Thanks!

February 14, 2012
11:17 pm
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Hello and welcome.

Your question is actually a pretty hard one. Most of these blank slate, what fish should i get posts go unanswered because the choices are almost limitless. At best you could get a list of other peoples favourite fish and that kind of defeats the purpose. You really need to find a fish or at least a group that interest you on your own, and when you do the people here can help you with compatibility issues.
You mentioned you got contradicting information, aggression and temp issues. What were some of the fish you looked at?
Also, your water parameters (GH, KH and pH) would be helpful.

February 15, 2012
11:14 am
Graham Ramsay
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A nice rainbowfish tank might be just the ticket.

March 3, 2012
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i would think at that size maybe 6 redtail tinfoil barbs in the middle with 2 figure 8 puffers
at the top i would say some large halfbeaks or small gars such as a dwarf short nose which is typically around 30 to 35 cm
and at the bottom rainbow sharks and striped woodcatfish

March 3, 2012
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I'd agree with a school of rainbowfish. Easy & beautiful! I'd add another aquaclear 70. One is not enough IMO.

Sorry Donovan, that sound like a mess to me. None of those fish are for the novice IMO. Tinfoil barbs & gar are far too large for a 4' tank. Don't know what a striped wood cat is? Sounds big.

My opinion, and it's only that, redtail(Epalzeorhynchos bicolor)/rainbow sharks(Epalzeorhynchos frenatum) are trouble and not suited for a typical community tank. They are beautiful and too often sold indiscriminately in shops without preparing the buyer for their care.

March 4, 2012
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I'll second Jim's opinions.

Had E. frenatum in a four footer with plenty of decor and hiding places, and it still regarded most of the tank as its territory. Very stressful both for the other fish and for the shark itself trying to defend its area. I ended up having to isolate it in a smaller tank.

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March 4, 2012
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Agree 100% with plaamoo and Eyrie. One other point is that the rosy barb, Puntius conchonius, does not reach anything close to 6" in length, though it's often said to do so for some reason.

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March 20, 2012
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QUOTE (plaamoo @ Mar 3 2012, 01:59 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'd agree with a school of rainbowfish. Easy & beautiful! I'd add another aquaclear 70. One is not enough IMO.

Sorry Donovan, that sound like a mess to me. None of those fish are for the novice IMO. Tinfoil barbs & gar are far too large for a 4' tank. Don't know what a striped wood cat is? Sounds big.

My opinion, and it's only that, redtail(Epalzeorhynchos bicolor)/rainbow sharks(Epalzeorhynchos frenatum) are trouble and not suited for a typical community tank. They are beautiful and too often sold indiscriminately in shops without preparing the buyer for their care.

A school of rainbowfish, with a second aquaclear 70 is exactly what we decided on. I'm a big fan of the look of the mature Red. Blue and Bosemani Rainbowfish.

March 20, 2012
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QUOTE (Canadian Fish @ Mar 20 2012, 12:35 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
A school of rainbowfish, with a second aquaclear 70 is exactly what we decided on. I'm a big fan of the look of the mature Red. Blue and Bosemani Rainbowfish.

Lovely. Looking forward to the pics when it's all set.
Oh, if you want some cats I recommend a small group of Brochis splendens.

March 23, 2012
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QUOTE (plaamoo @ Mar 3 2012, 01:59 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'd agree with a school of rainbowfish. Easy & beautiful! I'd add another aquaclear 70. One is not enough IMO.

Sorry Donovan, that sound like a mess to me. None of those fish are for the novice IMO. Tinfoil barbs & gar are far too large for a 4' tank. Don't know what a striped wood cat is? Sounds big.

My opinion, and it's only that, redtail(Epalzeorhynchos bicolor)/rainbow sharks(Epalzeorhynchos frenatum) are trouble and not suited for a typical community tank. They are beautiful and too often sold indiscriminately in shops without preparing the buyer for their care.

didn't think about size of the tank and expierence of the one building the community. a striped wood cat is a close relative of the banjo catfish that measures somewhere along 24 to 30 cm.

i put in the community on a site that names the ideal size for a community and it ran it at a 250 gallon, my mistake, next time i will make sure not to set such a large community on a novice suggestion or on such a small tank.

March 24, 2012
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QUOTE (mummymonkey @ Mar 19 2012, 08:38 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Lovely. Looking forward to the pics when it's all set.
Oh, if you want some cats I recommend a small group of Brochis splendens.

The new tank is all set up. It will probably be another week before it is ready for the Rainbows. I picked up 4 Red Rainbows last weekend, they're in my 20 gallon tank until the 55 gallon is completely cycled. I'm hoping to eventually have 6 Red Rainbows and 6 Neon Dwarf Rainbows.

You can't tell from my shoddy photography, but my water is actually really clear.

These videos are a lot clearer:

Video of 55 Gallon Tank

Video of 20 Gallon Tank

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