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55 Gallon Tank Occupants. Am I Making Sense?

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  • #302042

    mickeyg
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    I’m picking up a 55 gallon tank, and I’m going to start cycling fishless as soon as I get it. Once I’m done, I want to put in a Jewel Cichlid, a bristlenose pleco, and a small school of some sort of tetras. I’d really like to put in more, but I’m not sure what. Does anyone have any advice or suggestions? I’m new to this, so all I know is from reading.

    #347355

    Eyrie
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    Welcome!

    A 55G is big enough for that selection, but I’d be wary of the jewel cichlid. Hemichromis bimaculatus isn’t a good community fish due to its territorial nature, and that should be borne in mind when selecting potential tankmates. Have a read of the profile for more information.

    #347421

    mickeyg
    Participant

    Thanks. I did read the profile, but didn’t really give much guidance on what a jewel cichlid would be compatible with, or how large an area it would claim as its territory. Also, I thought that since I just had one, there would be no chance of spawning aggression, and a lot of people that I’ve talked to said that their jewels really aren’t that aggressive.

    #347425

    Eyrie
    Participant

    Haven’t kept that species, so can’t comment on it directly, but the general advice for territorial fish is to break up lines of sight and provide plenty of hiding places using decor and plants. Normally there are fewer “aggression” issues if the territorial fish has a part of the tank where it feels secure and can’t see the other fish. I’d expect that to apply in this case.

    #347428

    mickeyg
    Participant

    I was thinking about some driftwood, a couple of rock caves, and a decent amount of live plants covering about 20% of the tank. If I place it strategically, I think it will break up the tank pretty well.

    #347440

    donovan
    Participant

    QUOTE (mickeyg @ Mar 1 2012, 10:54 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    I was thinking about some driftwood, a couple of rock caves, and a decent amount of live plants covering about 20% of the tank. If I place it strategically, I think it will break up the tank pretty well.

    i have a jewel cichlid in my cichlid tank, the tank had rocks and live plants and a cave in the back, as soon as he was in the tank he started digging up the plants. i personally would not put a cichlid with them at all but if i were to put one in, i would go with a ramhorn, the ramhorn is colorful, generally peacful (some have rough personalities), and they do not dig up plants.

    on the topic of fish that can go in the tank, i would need to know what substrate you have water parameters and so on.

    #347445

    mickeyg
    Participant

    I don’t have the tank yet, so I’m kind of working on a blank slate. I’m pretty much willing to work with any combo, and I saw some german rams at my LFS a couple days ago that looked really good. I’ve heard that they can be kind of hard to keep healthy though.
    I did see a tank at the shop that was set up with some smaller black gravel, and I thought it looked really good, but I wasn’t sure how small you can really go with bottom feeders in the tank.
    The final result I would like is to have a bristlenose pleco, some tetras, and a couple cichlids ( ideally not big enough to eat the tetras).

    #347457

    Matt
    Keymaster

    What is a ‘ramhorn’? Mikrogeophagus ramirezi? Please try to use scientific names if you can guys – it makes identification easier given our international community.

    #347749

    mickeyg
    Participant

    I ended up getting a 29 gallon, but I think it will fit my house better. Right now I’ve got 6 neons, 2 Von Rio/Flame Tetras, one panda cory, 1 peppered cory, 4 ghost shrimp, a bristlenose pleco, and 2 african frogs. I really want to get something that can be more a center of attention for the tanks, and I have a few ideas, but I thought I’d check to see if anyone had anything to add here. I still like the german rams (microgeophagus ramirezi), but I’m also considering convict cichlids (Amatitlania nigrofasciata), or even just getting about 4 more corys and about 4 more flame tetras. I’m not worried about the shrimp surviving, if they become food, so be it. I would like everything else to stick around though. Any advice?

    The tank has been set up for about a week, and the 10 gallon was up for almost 2 months, all the water and a bunch of the junk from the filter were put in the new tank.

    #347750

    Plaamoo
    Participant

    It sounds like you’re really pushing the bio-load on a new tank. I’d wait a while before adding anything. Keep an eye on your water parameters and do water changes accordingly.

    #347752

    mickeyg
    Participant

    I’m definitely waiting a few weeks to put anything else in, but in the meantime I’m making plans.

    #347756

    coelacanth
    Participant

    Definitely not Convicts in this tank! There are many cichlids that are suitable, I’d be happy to put non-blackwater Apistos in there, Laetacara, Crenicara, Nannacara, Keyhole Cichlids, even Mesonauta at a push.

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