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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-07-2013, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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I have a 55 gallon tank that I'm just beginning to stock. So far I have 10 neon tetras and 6 zebra danios. I was realizing that all the fish I'm planning on getting are all going to be approximately the same size- between 1.5" and 2.5".
I'm planning on getting glow light tetra, black phantom tetra, 6 female bettas, and some julii cories.
I would like at least one type of fish that's a bit larger as all of those fish grow to be about the same size. I would like to get some dwarf gourami but I can't because of the bettas. I was advised against angelfish because they could potentially eat my other smaller fish when they are full sized. Any other ideas? Thanks!
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-07-2013, 10:19 PM
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Group of swordtails? Couple of twig catfish or bristlenose plecos? Group of smaller rainbow fish?
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dwarf neon rainbows would look stunning and fit in with the crowd
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German rams
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Any fish that gets bigger then your other ones will always pose a threat to the small fish no matter what the temperament. If it can fit in its mouth, there's a good chance it will eat it.

The only way I know of to keep a big fish from eating smaller ones is to feed it 100% flake or pellet food. No blood worms or other live/frozen food. I've seen big oscars that were raised on pellets and flake food that won't even think of eating a small fish.

That being said, sevrums can be pretty nice to have in a tank. They are pretty docile (especially if its a single one). I had a redhead sevrum (heros sp. rotkiel) in an oddly stocked community tank and it was great with the rest of the fish and never hurt a soul.
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Group of swordtails? Couple of twig catfish or bristlenose plecos? Group of smaller rainbow fish?
+1 on the group of swordtails. I would go with 2 males and 4 females and you could always mix up the colors with no compatibility issues. I was in the same boat as you a few weeks ago and the swords are a nice additional to offset size. Along with that, I picked up a pair of German blue rams that add great color contrast and make a great centerpiece fish.

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Keyhole cichlids get about 4 inches and are sweet as can be (for cichlids; they have their moments, but nothing too out of line).

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I would go with albino bristlenose plecos. They stand out a lot and get a good size for something bigger in the tank.

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