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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-08-2014, 10:55 AM Thread Starter
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Redoing tank

So our showcase fish died, a betta that we've kept for a year and half, in our 55 gallon show tank. The whole tank was set up around him including his 24 tank mates. My girlfriend has really lost interest in the tank and wants to do something new with it. I was thinking about selling my fish to my LFS which is a great place and takes good care of their fish so no worries with that.
It included
- 6 Emperor Tetras
- 3 Phantom Tetras
- 6 White Cloud Minnows
- 6 Har. Rasbora
We are keeping the two cories we have which is an green and skunk cory.

I want to try out something bigger such as angelfish and such and wanted some suggestions about what I can try.

And I was really wondering if I'm the only one who has done something like this before.

Thank you for any help y'all can give me.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-08-2014, 01:43 PM
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both cories should be kept in groups of at least 3 could keep the emperor tetras and harlequins (unless you want the angelfish.). you might be able to try discus.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-08-2014, 05:35 PM Thread Starter
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lol thanks for the info but I already knew that. The point was to give ideas for something new to keep in the tank, but thanks though.
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A new set up that includes Angels:
South American.
Very warm water.
Soft water.

Brochis splendens is the cory relative that handles the warmest water. I think Skunks are OK, but as noted above, get at least half a dozen. 2 just do not play as well. MUCH more interesting when there are more of them.

Anostomus anostomus is a loner. Does not want others of the same species. They are OK with other fish. There is a relative that is OK with several of the same species. I have kept A. a. with Angels.

Farlowella, the Stick Cat. Really nice addition to a larger South American tank.

Bleeding Heart Tetras, or Diamond Tetras if you want a school. These are slightly larger, so a dozen is enough. Too large for Angels to eat.

Hatchet Fish would be a school for the top of the tank. There are several species, some are pure silver, others are mottled or marbled. They jump REALLY EASILY, so only keep them in a covered tank.
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Awesome suggestions. I'm definitely getting more green/emerald cories and more skunks if they get em in.

That actually have that catfish so that might be cool to try as well.

I'm really leaning towards angelfish for sure though. They have about 10 different varieties of angels. Most are locally raised.
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So I made a decision returned all my fish except for 2 cory's.
I now have 4 angels, a bumblebee cat, and a pearl gourami. Couldn't be happier. Planning on more cory's and maybe some zebra botia.
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