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55 gallon stocking

Postby NJmomie » Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:15 pm

New to South American cichlids and have a 55-gallon to stock.
I'd like to have a community of one main colorful species and a dozen tetras for movement, and some cories for bottom. What do you suggest for the main species? I really like the German rams but I understand they are a little picky and I may not have enough experience with SA to keep them. Other choice would be geos (red head Tapajos) but wondering if they are too large for the tank. Lastly, I have the tank with peace river gravel instead of sand. Is that ok for SA? Appreciate all the help.
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Re: 55 gallon stocking

Postby FunkyFish » Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:53 pm

Nannacara anomola, although even they might have territorial issues with the corydoras. Blue acara is another possibility, although I wouldnt mix them with corydoras. I tend to air on the side of caution when mixing bottom dwellers with cichlids.
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Re: 55 gallon stocking

Postby mambee » Thu Jun 07, 2018 3:53 pm

You can do a nice SA tank with Bolivian rams (much hardier than blue rams), cories and lots of tetras. My favorite tetras are rummynoses because they are very active and sweep back and forth in a school. I also like pencilfish. The rummynoses school near the bottom and the pencilfish school near the top.

With regard to geos, they may grow too large for a 55 and need sand as a substrate.
150 Gallon:
Geophagus, Angelfish
90 Gallon:
Bolivian Rams, Rummynoses, Corys, Dwarf Loaches, Neons, Glass Catfish
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Re: 55 gallon stocking

Postby NJmomie » Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:10 pm

Thanks for your suggestions. Mambee, I like your tank suggestion and looks like it's what your tank is. Do you have a picture of it? Can I see it? How many Bolivian Rams can I have for this size tank? I would love to have them breed so what would be the appropriate male/female ratio? Lastly, would the cories and pencilfish eat the young or are the parents good enough to care for them? I plan to also have a lot of drift wood and plants in the tank. Thanks.
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Re: 55 gallon stocking

Postby mambee » Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:21 pm

I'll try to post a picture. I've kept as many as 5 Bolivian rams in my 90 without any problems. Best to have more females than males. It helps that it is heavily planted with lots of driftwood. My rams bred in my tank, but the babies were eventually picked off. Cories may eat the eggs but the fry will be ok. My pencilfish stay near the top of the tank and have very small mouths, so they won't be a problem once the fry start to grow.

I've had great luck growing anubias tied to driftwood in all of my tanks. I recently had to throw a bunch out because my tank was getting overgrown.
150 Gallon:
Geophagus, Angelfish
90 Gallon:
Bolivian Rams, Rummynoses, Corys, Dwarf Loaches, Neons, Glass Catfish
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Re: 55 gallon stocking

Postby mambee » Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:45 pm

Here is a picture before I weeded out some of the plants.

https://imgur.com/a/Pwe7ecJ
150 Gallon:
Geophagus, Angelfish
90 Gallon:
Bolivian Rams, Rummynoses, Corys, Dwarf Loaches, Neons, Glass Catfish
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Re: 55 gallon stocking

Postby NJmomie » Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:48 pm

Throwing out plants? That's a sin... you should send them to me... I'm not that far away. LOL
This tank is only 55 so I will probably start with 6 juvies and wean down to a trio. Would love to see your tank and how you have the driftwood with the anubias.
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Re: 55 gallon stocking

Postby mambee » Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:50 pm

I tried to post a video but it didn't work. I felt bad about throwing out the plants but I don't have a LFS or friends who keep fish. Let me know if you are ever in the White Plains area and I will set you up.
150 Gallon:
Geophagus, Angelfish
90 Gallon:
Bolivian Rams, Rummynoses, Corys, Dwarf Loaches, Neons, Glass Catfish
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Re: 55 gallon stocking

Postby mambee » Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:05 pm

150 Gallon:
Geophagus, Angelfish
90 Gallon:
Bolivian Rams, Rummynoses, Corys, Dwarf Loaches, Neons, Glass Catfish
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Re: 55 gallon stocking

Postby NJmomie » Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:33 pm

Picture doesn't come up.
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Re: 55 gallon stocking

Postby Deeda » Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:08 pm

Mambee, your last link worked well and I have to say I love the video of your tank with the various tetras and the glass catfish!!!!
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Re: 55 gallon stocking

Postby mambee » Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:50 am

Looking back at that old video, I regret ripping out so many plants recently, but some of the anubias were growing against the top cover. I'll have to let me plants grow out again.

Glass catfish are underappreciated, as are debauwi cats, which are like miniature iridescent sharks.
150 Gallon:
Geophagus, Angelfish
90 Gallon:
Bolivian Rams, Rummynoses, Corys, Dwarf Loaches, Neons, Glass Catfish
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Re: 55 gallon stocking

Postby NJmomofthree » Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:36 am

Nice setup. Wish I could see some Bolivian rams. I was also thinking of getting Congo Tetras instead of the neons. What do you think.
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Re: 55 gallon stocking

Postby mambee » Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:41 am

Actually I don't have any Bolivian rams at the moment. They all have passed from old age. Congo tetras are nice but they get very large. You want to make sure that they are in scale with any other tetras that you add to the tank.
150 Gallon:
Geophagus, Angelfish
90 Gallon:
Bolivian Rams, Rummynoses, Corys, Dwarf Loaches, Neons, Glass Catfish
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Re: 55 gallon stocking

Postby NJmomofthree » Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:42 am

If I were to get congos, I wouldn’t get any other tetras but maybe some pearl gouramis.
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