55 Gallon Stock list

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EdgeX600 created the topic: 55 Gallon Stock list

Well I scored 2 55 gallons yesterday for 55 bucks a pop and was wondering what I could do for a stock list for one of them.

I want to put some yellow labs in it, but what else could I put with them?
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bassetman replied the topic: Re: 55 Gallon Stock list

are you going to try to sell any of the fry? If so you need to do single type tanks.If not mix them up get all the colors. They are wonderful very active tanks. If you do not want as much activity get peacocks rather than Mbuna they are calmer and also have really good color. Also be prepared for a lot of fry,you can take the "Darwinian" approach and just leave fry in the tank, but some will survive,Or you can use hybrid fry as feeders for something larger.But you will still be loaded with fry so a plan is in order. ;)


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EdgeX600 replied the topic: Re: 55 Gallon Stock list

I wont be trying to sell the fry, so hybrids arent a big issue, ill just leave them in the tank and any survivors I will just feed to my oscar.

what do you think would be the max amount of fish for the 55? I was thinking some where along the lines of 12ish
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bassetman replied the topic: Re: 55 Gallon Stock list

With Mbuna I'd go 20-25, It will help with aggression and gives you room to cull any real nasty ones. With Peacocks go with a few less. Holey Rock, cichlid caves, slate slabs are all great.keep your protein under 40%. if you have soft water you may want to add some minerals to the water and ph over 7.5 and up is fine ,...a bit lower is ok they adjust pretty well to most things. Malawi fish are fun and gorgeous just keep the population is control and they do great. :)





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Miss Nicki replied the topic: Re: 55 Gallon Stock list

I agree with Bassetman! I had a 55 with Mbuna. When I sold out I had 35 in there... And 2 pleco's..

The more you stack in there the less you will see severe aggression...
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bassetman replied the topic: Re: 55 Gallon Stock list

I run 2 AquaClear 70 on a 55 with 28 4-5" Mbuna water stays great or an Ehiem 2215 works well. the Peacocks also make a good dither fish so your Calvus will come out and play.


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Motherlupin replied the topic: Re: 55 Gallon Stock list

i'm starting to miss my africans going through here, maybe after we get a big tank for the o's we'll turn their tank back into and african tank
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EdgeX600 replied the topic: Re: 55 Gallon Stock list

Thanks for the replies niki and basset. Gonna have to get like 5 or so fish at a time haha. do you think to penguin 350's would be enough for filtration or should I bite the bullet and get a canister?
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EdgeX600 replied the topic: Re: 55 Gallon Stock list

so I was thinking of doing yellow labs, red zebras, and some acei do any of you see an issue with this stock list?
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bassetman replied the topic: Re: 55 Gallon Stock list

nope looks ok, try to have the tank fully stocked before anyone gets to 2.5". enjoy your fish, Mbuna are very active and fun to watch.


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