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55 gallon build/journal

Discussion in 'General Freshwater' started by allaboutfish, Sep 30, 2011.

  1. allaboutfish

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    im getting my 55 gallon tank this sunday. FINALLY!!!
    so here's what im doing for stock
    fish;
    10-medium tetras(bleeding hearts, blood fin tetras, white finned rosy tetra, maybe hatchet fish)
    3-green bristlenose plecos(1-longfin, 2-short fin)
    1-angelfish(hopefully long fin)
    1-blood parrot
    plants;
    im thinking mostly anubius, hygro, anachris, maybe a crypt since they have a big root system.
    scape;
    LOTS of driftwood for sure. ill also have either river rocks or sandstone. i just cant decide which.
    filteration;
    tetra 30-60(seeded)
    aquaclear 50 OR 70
    i cant decide if i want a solid black background or one of those black backgrounds with driftwood comming down, but might do blue if i end up getting a black angelfish.
    only question so far- how do blood parrots due with plants?
     
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    livebearerfreak you are hypnotized! LOL

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    sounds good. just i would lost the Blood parrot and replace with a small ca/sa cichlid. try maybe some rams? BPs need a bigger tank then a 55 ( or so i hear/read ) but otherwise it looks good.
     
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    it depends on how big the blood parrot gets. most people suggest 55's for a minimum, but for the few giants out there it's safer to go to a 75, and if i need to i will upgrade. keep in mind blood parrots are very slow growers.
     
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    livebearerfreak you are hypnotized! LOL

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    i had one that got to about 8 incehs easily under 10 months... but i still would do rams over BPs. better for stocking wise
     
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    ive got the BP, and id take him back but i dont know where the receipt went and dont want him stuffed into a 10 gallon.
     
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    so a little off topic, but not too off topic.
    my cutteri are spawning
    or atleast i think so. the female rarely comes out of her cave she and her mate built, and now everytime i put my hand in the tank my male bites me!! then if you are just outside of the tank he watches you like a halk so i should have some babies soon, but i hope i have time to reeal my 29 so the 20 can be my fry tank. wish me luck!!
     
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    Sounds good. Go with the solid background. It looks so much better with plants! Your fish will really pop too. A little worried about your filtration. Your not heavily stocked so you may be OK. Just watch your paramters. Any way you could get the 110 instead of the 70?
     
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    ^^^ +1 or go with 2 AC70's... And if you aren't already... Order on amazon... It's about 50$ cheaper new there then it is new at petsmart.
     
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    but a tetra 30-60 and a aquaclear 70 put me at double the filteration i need.
     
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    getting the tank tomorrow or monday. still trying to figure out what kind of angel i want and what kind of dithers.
     

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