50 gal semi aggressive stock

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Fishandreptilelove

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Hello,
Just wanting to post a stocking idea and get some feedback as I always like to check what others think as well as research. I have a 50 gal heavily planted aquarium that currently has a single albino bristlenose pleco in it (juvenile currently) and 3 black neons(leaving in a few days as I saved them from a previous tank for a family member) and I am planning a semi aggressive stocking for the tank. My plan currently is to keep the bristlenose and get 6 tiger barbs, 6 serape tetra, and a rainbow shark. What other larger non schooling semi aggressive fish would you suggest and has anyone had experience with the combo of the tiger barbs and serape tetras. And with the bristlenose bieng pretty small (about an inch) is there any danger of him getting picked on before he’s large enough to hold his own. This tank is cycled and has been for 2-3 months so the plants and bacteria are established.
 

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Well, a 50g isn't very big considering semi-aggressive fish like a shark & either of your schooling choices. I would maybe go with 8-10 of EITHER tiger barbs OR serpae tetras, not both. Maybe a blue or gold gourami (same species, different color) & skip the shark. They really need a 4ft tank, they're shaped like a torpedo & a need for speed. How about some loaches? (they're my thing, lol) Maybe 6 or 9 striatas (zebra loaches) OR a few more of sidthimunkis or, say, 5 kubotai. Check out loaches, they are very entertaining!!
 

Fishandreptilelove

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I like loaches but unfortunately there’s only a few near where I live, kuhli, clowns and yo-yos. Would the kuhlis be a little too small for the other tankmates and would they be okay with the pleco? I know the clowns get way too large and I’m not a huge fan of the yo-yos simply because they are about 13$ at my lfs. Okay I can cancel out the rainbow shark. Why not the two schools though? Also just did the measurements and the tank is 4ft but is thinner than a regular 50 gal, it’s apparently over 20 years old so that could be why. I took the measurements and it’s still a 50 gal but longer and thinner/shorter than the regular ones.
 

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Oh, I was thinking of a 50g breeder 36 x 18 x 15h. If you decide to get a shark, make sure your tank is well covered, they may jump out.

I haven't kept serape & tiger barbs together AFAIR. Tiger barbs get to 3 inches & may boss the smaller tetras around. Both are less nippy with more in their schools, keep at least 8 of each. It's good you'll have plants, they can help break up areas. As far as "heavily" planted goes, there's a big difference between my almost jungle-y tanks & a newb's idea of 2 java ferns, 2 anubias, a clump of moss & a couple crypts, all small. Any plants are great! But just "some" may not help with breaking up lines of sight to keep the tank more calm.

The shark & pleco are both territorial, you'll need at least 3 or 4 hiding places so each can choose a couple, although my bn is out & about all over the tank. We had trouble (as in deaths) trying to keep rainbow or red tailed sharks with corys. Corys don't understand shark territory issues & were body slammed often. Loaches do understand territories but with 2 biggish bottom fish (shark & bn) I don't think you have room on the bottom of your tank for all. BN & kuhlis are fine, I don't know from experience all would be ok in your tank...Pick 2 bottom species & wait a year or 2 until everybody get to adult size. Most fish we buy are juveniles & should grow...a lot!!

So, if your heart is set on a shark & your tank is 4ft long, skip other bottom fish with the BN. (remember the lots of hiding spots!) I think if you want both serape & TBs, get the 8-10 serape first, then later add the 8-10 TBs & call your tank fully stocked.

Oh, & we're going to want pics of your tank as you go along! Good luck!
 

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Just to add to fishorama's advice, what type of substrate are you using in this tank? Just bringing that up because kuhlis should have sand.
 
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