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55 Gallon Riparium

Just a little background, the tank has been set up for about a year now. It has been neglected and it has never looked good, so I'm hoping this will turn out nice.

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So I just got my plants from The Riparium Store and they look really nice! All the plants came in great condition (except the plant that I accidentally broke). The plants (I think) are:
Acorus gramineus
Zepheranthes
Asclepias
Lizard's Tail
Ruellia
Pilea (trellis raft)
Chrysalidocarpus lutenscen

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The driftwood was put in minutes ago and floats so I have a few rocks on it. Once it stops floating I will situate it.
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Look forward to seeing the riparium plants grow in! Whats your fish stock? Looks like 2 angels and 3... something?

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Look forward to seeing the riparium plants grow in! Whats your fish stock? Looks like 2 angels and 3... something?
I have 2 angels, 3 congo tetras, and 4 kuhli loachs but I'm planing on getting rid of the angels and tetras and I wanna get some smaller, brighter colored fish. do you have any suggestions?
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What's your water params (pH and hardness)? Will help narrowing down a list of options.
If the tank is 4' you can try rainbowfish, there are several colorful breeds. I personally like the turquoise rainbowfish but that's because blue is my favorite color so that's a biased opinion ^^'. Bosemen is a common rainbowfish with a blue front half and orange/yellow back end.
If you have high ph and hard water and do not plan to have plants below water, just above you can look into other -possibly African- cichlids (the types that's usually only get hardscape tanks ) but you may need more rocks/hiding places. Only colorful cichlid I can remember the name of is yellow labs, but there are plenty of colorful ones... Be sure to research compatabiliy and such, many cichlids are VERY aggressive and best to add all the ones you plan for all at once.
If you're looking to something less aggressive maybe get a small colorful schooling fish such as neon or cardinal tetra (warning cardinals seem to die off a lot research those water condition needs) and a centerpiece fish... Ooh! Pearl gourami are a lovely fish can be kept in small groups and make a nice centerpiece... But didn't know if they will look too similar to angels for your liking (not in same family-angels are cichlids and gourami's are in the betta family... Starts with an "a".. Anabantiod that's it).
There are tons of other options.. But I'm a little brain fried right now so I can't think of any... If you'd like to hear ideas from others post a thread in the FISH forum with title like "stocking ideas for riparium 55g?" And add your tank photo, water parameters and what you do want:colorful fish, and do not:no angels. Lot of people will post cool ideas for you to look into ^^

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What's your water params (pH and hardness)? Will help narrowing down a list of options.
If the tank is 4' you can try rainbowfish, there are several colorful breeds. I personally like the turquoise rainbowfish but that's because blue is my favorite color so that's a biased opinion ^^'. Bosemen is a common rainbowfish with a blue front half and orange/yellow back end.
If you have high ph and hard water and do not plan to have plants below water, just above you can look into other -possibly African- cichlids (the types that's usually only get hardscape tanks ) but you may need more rocks/hiding places. Only colorful cichlid I can remember the name of is yellow labs, but there are plenty of colorful ones... Be sure to research compatabiliy and such, many cichlids are VERY aggressive and best to add all the ones you plan for all at once.
If you're looking to something less aggressive maybe get a small colorful schooling fish such as neon or cardinal tetra (warning cardinals seem to die off a lot research those water condition needs) and a centerpiece fish... Ooh! Pearl gourami are a lovely fish can be kept in small groups and make a nice centerpiece... But didn't know if they will look too similar to angels for your liking (not in same family-angels are cichlids and gourami's are in the betta family... Starts with an "a".. Anabantiod that's it).
There are tons of other options.. But I'm a little brain fried right now so I can't think of any... If you'd like to hear ideas from others post a thread in the FISH forum with title like "stocking ideas for riparium 55g?" And add your tank photo, water parameters and what you do want:colorful fish, and do not:no angels. Lot of people will post cool ideas for you to look into ^^
My pH is around 7 so thatís not a problem. I donít know if there is enough room for those big rainbows. I am thinking about some furcata rainbowfish. They are small and have a very bright yellow color. Also, I love pearl gourami! In fact, I have one already. She is in my 20 gallon and I am thinking about getting her a guy friend and putting them in the 55.
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Is this a closed top? If so, it would be ideal for growing Crypts emersed in a planter! Most Cryptocoryne species are far more likely to produce spathes while emersed. Might add some nice pops of color from time to time!


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