Re: [Freshwater Aquariums] Digest Number 165
- I think you should use something cheap and expendible as starter fish - like
When you say "large fish" you have to decide what kind of "large fish" you
want. A 55 gallon tank is large, but a large of really large cichlids would
feel cramped in it.
You might want to try angelfish, but they are VERY sensitive to ammonia and
most people recommend not trying to stock with them until the tank has been
up and running for several months. That has been my personal experience
Some smaller species of West African Cichlids might be nice, but they need
very hard water and you might have to add some salt solution to your water
Firemouth Cichlids are nice, but with cihclids you have to expect fighting,
especially if you have a breeding pair. I have a 90 gallon which I stocked
with angelfish and some tetras - bleeding hearts ( a nice large tetra).
Loiselle wote a very good book on Cichlids and their care in the aquarium.
When one of the pairs of angelfish breed, they will drive all the other fish
away from half the tank where they are breeding. I had a pair of Kribs who
used to do the same thing. One solution is not to keep a pair of any kind,
I think a full grown Oscar (they can reach 12") is about the only occupant
you could keep comfortably in a 55 gallon tank.
Another negative with most Cichlids - Angelfish are an exception - is they
love to dig and will rip up plants.
You might want to look into rainbowfish. Some of them get pretty big - like
the bosemanni - 4-5" long. You could keep a lot of them in a 55 gallon.
They are fairly hardly, colorful and relatively peaceful and they are still
pulling new species out of New Guinea and Australia for the trade, as well
as breeding them commercially.
Sailfin mollies are nice, but difficult for the beginner. Mollies are NOT
easy fish to keep.
Date: Mon, 17 Feb 2003 17:10:35 -0000
Subject: Help I'm New!!!
Hi! I just got my first aquarium for my birthday (after years of
wanting one) and I could use some advice on stocking! I have a
55gallon long tank and it's been up and running (empty) for about 3
days. My temp is stable at 79 and my PH is about 7.8. I am not sure
yet what fish I want to get. I do know that I need to stock very
very slowly to allow my tank to cycle properly. I want a few large
fish rather than a lot of little ones. So I need some advice on some
larger compatible fish and also advice on some good starter fish to
cycle the tank which will be compatible with later inhabitants. I
want to keep them rather than just use them to cycle my tank. I live
on the east coast and have been snowed in for several days and
everything around here is closed! I'm so excited to go get my fish
but I want to do it right! Any advice and suggestions for stocking
are welcomed! Thank you:)
- On Tuesday, February 18, 2003, at 08:31 AM, Thomas Zaccone wrote:
> I think you should use something cheap and expendible as starter fishpersonally, i hate to think of any fish as "expendable" ... do consider
> - like
fishless cycling as an alternative.