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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-09-2013, 03:32 AM Thread Starter
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aquarium stocking help

I have a 55gallon aquarium, lightly planted (working towards heavily) ,currently stocked with 4 angelfish, 15 black kahulis, 2 pairs of blue rams, 3 head and tail light tetras, 2 lamp eyes, 6 mystery snails, 6 cory cats, 5 glass blood fins and 1 alnino chocolate pleco.

i would like to re-stock with 3 discus, the 4 angels, the cories, loaches, pleco 10-15 bloodfins, 10-15 black phantom tetras, the rams, and 20-25 cardianls or neons tetras

anyone think think probloms could arise or would the new stocking be fine.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-09-2013, 03:41 AM
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Well as most people will tell you to start off with, angels and neons or cards is nono. Quick breakfast. Some will say that if they grow together from a small size they will be fien but that wasnt true in my case. Also, I would actually keep discus alone or with maybe just the tets. (Are you planning on buying juvie discus or full grown? that will make a huge difference in how you will be able to do this) If you want quality discus then certainly do them alone, but thats a matter for one of the discus masters. Large discus will most likly also go after cards and or neons but thats also depends.
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I would not keep discus and angels together. I know ppl do it but I have never seen healthy angels in a discus tank. The discus, especially when breeding will nip the fins off of angels they don't kill them but they do tear up there fins bad. My experience with this was at a lfs I worked at in Indianapolis it was a 1000 gallon discus tank that had a few adult angels. We took them out very shortly after adding. I would also agree with not using neon or cardinals. If you want a nice school of fish try a group of Harlequin Rasbora (Rasbora heteromorpha) they dont look like much in the lfs but they looking amazing once grown out in a tank and they dont get real big but are big enough angels wont eat them
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Also i would never do discus in a 55 gallon tank. Minimum I would attempt is a 75 there really is not much room for them in a 55 unless it was completely bare
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Also i would never do discus in a 55 gallon tank. Minimum I would attempt is a 75 there really is not much room for them in a 55 unless it was completely bare
Yeah I agree on both. But i have kept breeding discus and angels together without many problems. And I think a 90 is really ideal for discus. Since its a good idea to keep at least 4-5 discus at a time, and as for harlequins lol.... I put about 20 in with some 3 inch angels and i thought no problem untill i was down to 16 within 15 minutes....
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I think the other issue being overlooked is that the number of fish you currently have is already close to the limits of what I would consider a more heavily stocked tank. With the addition of discus and the number of additional tetras and such, you are well over the recommended number of fish to keep in a tank. Having the tank heavily planted will help, but my guess is that you will have algae issues and health issues with the fish in that type of density.
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I agree with Texex. Your current count is somewhere around 70 fish. That is quite a heavy load for a 55 gallon. Even with extra filtration you will have to be doing a lot of water changes to keep the fish healthy.

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I agree with Texex and trapperworlves. In my 60G I have 2 angels, 7 hy-511 tetras, 3 sterbai cory cats, 1 BN pleco, and 2-3 Ottos. I'm not overstocked by any means, but having that many fish is a 55G is a lot!

I'd stick with 1 center piece fish, a schooling fish, BN pleco or ottos for algae, and you can throw in corys or bottom dwellers and have a great looking tank

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