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Old 08-04-2008, 02:49 AM   #1
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How many fish?


I have a 55 gal fish tank and need to know how many fish I can safely put into the tank. The fish will be no larger than 2 inches full grown (most will be an inch and a half).
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Old 08-04-2008, 03:35 AM   #2
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Depends on the species in question. A 2" plecostomus or molly will be 2-3x the bioload of a 2" tetra.

What species are you looking at now?
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Old 08-04-2008, 05:15 AM   #3
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depending on set up 40-60 this is a 100% guess with nothing to back it up
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Old 08-05-2008, 02:05 PM   #4
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what is your filteration like?
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Well at the moment my tank has not been set up yet....

I have an Eheim 2215 ordered and I am looking for another 2215 or 2217 to go with it.

The fishes that I would like to stock the tank with are the following

Cardinal Tetras
Black Neon Tetras
Dwarf Otos
Harlequin Rasboras
Thread Fin Rainbow Fish
and lots and lots of shrimp

I'm researching on the following fishes, I like them but do now know too much about them yet...

Ruby Red Pencilfish
Breckfords Pencilfish
Ember/Fire Tetras
Gold/Yellow Tetras
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Old 08-05-2008, 05:13 PM   #6
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Fish stocking depends on what your filtration is like, how many, how big is their max size, and also temperament

Filtration :
I can jam pack my 125 with fish (fish list on my 125 gal thread), but I have 3 high power canister filters

Size, number and temperament :
you can put maybe 2 pairs of Apistos in that 55 without anything else in there or you can put some 40 cardinals. The apistos will argue and torment its tankmates during breeding season, while cardinals wont harm anything (shrimp maybe ?)

Pencilfish needs to be kept in a group, I have heard more than once than a lone pencilfish can go beserk and terrorize the whole tank.
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I am looking at very peaceful community fishes only.

I would like to have at least 6 of every fish in the tank...
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Personally I'd stick with 2 or at most 3 species of schooling fish, and get more fish in each school. The fish will be happier and IMO the tank will look better with those large schools.

Any of those fish should work well given your water parameters aren't extreme.
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