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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-10-2014, 06:07 AM Thread Starter
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55 gallon aspirations

Ok, so I was thinking of my largest tank I have, which is my bearded dragon's standard 55 gallon tank. Since I'm going back into the hobby full-steam, a thought crossed my mind about switching that tank back to fish. Am I crazy?

Right now, I don't want to think about specifics like filtration and stuff, I'm just looking for ideas. Should it be planted? It's too big for a shrimp tank, right? High or low tech?

Sorry for wasting your time, but maybe a kind bro can throw out an idea. Just wondering about what I COULD do about it.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-10-2014, 04:31 PM
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I just came across this and thought it was a very pretty setup.
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=550177
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Shrimp tanks can be as large as you want them to be. High tech or low tech its up to you. Because the tank is narrow and long a high tech with a lush carpet and shrimp with small fish would be nice.
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Is it a 55 tank made to be an aquarium? I wouldn't use it if it was sold as anything but an aquarium. I would also clean it very well because there might be something that could infect the tank.
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I've used it for a terrarium first, then an aquarium, then a terrarium again. Seal work flawlessly, I love the tank

High tech on a 55 would be through-the-roof expensive though. I do steadily become accustomed to sticker shock in this hobby though, haha.

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The tank would be a nice size for a number of setups I have dreamed of over the years, including:
- A mbuna tank with 2 or 3 groups of 1m5+f haplochromine cichlids from Lake Malawi, Lake Victoria, or both
- A tanganyikan community with several species of cichlids from that lake
- A paradise fish biotope with two pairs of paradise fish, a large school of white clouds, and about 8-10 golden barbs (preferably the wild green variety if possible...it's arguably just as pretty as the namesake golden form).
- A lake inle biotope with large schools of sawbwa resplendens, danio erythromicron, Devario auropurpurea, or other species from that lake

...basically, there's a lot you can do with a 55 gallon.

About the aquarium: it might not hurt to re-seal it in the near future, just to reduce the small chance of a mishap occuring from the aquarium's age (the sealing wears out after a while).
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