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55 Gallon Tropical "Community" Aquarium

Ok so I will admit my 55 Gallon Tropical "Community" Aquarium is messed up. Any ideas on how to fix my compatibility issues?

Tank: 55 Gallon Aqueon

Filter: Aqueon Quiet Flow 55

Heater: Aqueon 200 Watt

Gravel: 1.5" River Rock

Decorations: Tons of fake plants, decorations, and hidind places

Lights: 2 Tube Normal Lights

Food: Catfish Pellets, Aquein Flake Food, Floating Pellets, Sinking Pellets, and River Shrimp

Ammonia: 0 ppm

Nitrate: 5 ppm

Nitrite: 0 ppm

PH: 7.1

Fish: 1 Emrald Corry, 1 Red Tailed Shark, 1 Pelco, 2 Male Marble Mollies, 1 Golden Marble Angelfish, 1 Spotted African Leaf Fish (leaving soon), 1 Neon Dwarf Gourami, 1 Zebra Danios, 1 Red Wag Platy, 1 Sunrise Platy, 1 Black Skirt Tetra, 2 Swordtail, 1 Golden Wunder Killifish, 1 Long Fin Rosy Barb, 1 Silver Dollar, 1 Glass Catfish, 1 Lamp Eyed Tetra, 1 Crown Tail Bettafish, 1 X-Ray Glow Fish, 1 Blue Gourami, and 1 Serpate Tetra.

"Whatever happens, happens. I just go with the flow." - Linsey Weenk
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RE: 55 Gallon Tropical "Community" Aquarium

You need to fix your schooling. Cories need to be in schools of at least 3, but 6+ is better. You need 5 more zebras to make a school. You need 5 more Black Skirts to make a school. 5 more Serpea Tetras to make a school. You need 5 more Lamp Eye Tetras to make a school. 

Your schooling in everything is so off. Really, to complete schools, you should really get a better tank.  
"Live life for the moment because everything else is uncertain" Louis Tomlinson
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RE: 55 Gallon Tropical "Community" Aquarium

Redtail shark is another nasty aggressive problem in the making. Beautiful fish, but unpredictable.
 
As I see it you have:
 
Tetras and Angels and Corys that belong together (softwater amazonians).
 
Livebearers and killies (possibly) that would be better off together (hard water fish).
 
Potentially aggressive and predatory fish that require some rethinking as "community fish" to begin with: Leaf Fish, Redtail Shark, Blue Gourami. You could put all of these is one tank and let them duke it out, or you could just say no.
 
Some very delicate fish, like the glass cat and betta. The glass cat in particular  cannot bear up well as loner, let alone in the rough and tumble setting here.
 
I would just take the barb and rainbow and zebra back to your LFS. 
 
You don't need big tanks for all of these, but you do need more tanks.
 
 
 
 
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“The oceans are the planet's last great living wilderness, man's only remaining frontier on Earth, and perhaps his last chance to prove himself a rational species.”
― John L. Culliney
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RE: 55 Gallon Tropical "Community" Aquarium

I see a larger tank is out of the question but do you have any other tanks that can be set up?

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RE: 55 Gallon Tropical "Community" Aquarium

I very much agree. More tanks are needed for your sake. 

You can't just throw a bunch of "oh look at all these pretty fishies!" in one tank, without researching there specific requirements. 

You stocked pretty "willy-nilly" I must say. Found something, thought it looked cool, put it in the tank.  
"Live life for the moment because everything else is uncertain" Louis Tomlinson
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RE: 55 Gallon Tropical "Community" Aquarium

Thats great. So really all you need to figure out is where you want your tank to be.
 Some of the fish you have Ive never had. I can say, the pleco, the silver dollar meed to go. Silver Dollars should be in rather large schools , even a 125 is too small in my opinion to house a school of them. A pleco is believe it or not a schooling fish. And rarely do they obtain there full size, the other problem with a common pleco is the bio load.
 Now take what I say next on the angelfish purely on my opinion and observation only. Many have no problems, once an angelfish has been alone for a period of time it becomes a brute of the tank. Introducing it to others can be problematic. Again only on my experience I wont take in angelfish as usually its the lone one.
 You have such an eclectic variety its hard to see where your going on the tank. as many have mentioned you have alot that should be in schools. ie. 18 zebra danios, 20+ rosy barbs, a dozen cories. this also leaves you space to keep your shark temporarily or the long term depending on its behavior.
  If you can give an idea where your trying to go with your tank would be more helpful.
             Again, everything ive said is my experience and opinion only.
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RE: 55 Gallon Tropical "Community" Aquarium

You just nipped it in the bud then, pretty much your entire tanks  population needs to go. Angels like slow moving water and inhabitants. But opens alot, severums to discus. I am keeping in mind its a 55 gallon, 4 full size angels and some slow moving fish. You mentioned you had a 10 planted, if you could divert the plant tank to furnish your 55 and also use it to put plantlets and then sell off your plants to keep your hobby going, or doing trades helps. Cories do well in this and again, if i can suggest, a dozen of the cories.
 And a bigger filter or add a filter. I read yours is supposed to do 400 gph. Filters are another subject but id recommend getting another. Same with picking up a used 20 tall as a quarantine tank if you go the angel route.
 
Please take what I say as only my opinion.
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RE: 55 Gallon Tropical "Community" Aquarium

In my experience, it is a matter of relative size: large angels are not above eating small fish. If the neons or cardinals are large and the Angel medium at best, might not be a problem.
 
Angels are not speedy hunters, they are stealth/ambush hunters. A small tank would favor the Angel's success in this regard. I suspect a 55 gallon tank will allow the tetras to avoid the angel. That is I hope.
 
I strongly agree with Darwin regarding Ancistrus. They get feisty with each other as they mature. Two is better than four.
“The oceans are the planet's last great living wilderness, man's only remaining frontier on Earth, and perhaps his last chance to prove himself a rational species.”
― John L. Culliney
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Super Contributor

RE: 55 Gallon Tropical "Community" Aquarium

You need to fix your schooling. Cories need to be in schools of at least 3, but 6+ is better. You need 5 more zebras to make a school. You need 5 more Black Skirts to make a school. 5 more Serpea Tetras to make a school. You need 5 more Lamp Eye Tetras to make a school. 

Your schooling in everything is so off. Really, to complete schools, you should really get a better tank.  
"Live life for the moment because everything else is uncertain" Louis Tomlinson
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RE: 55 Gallon Tropical "Community" Aquarium

Bigger tank is impossivle for me now.
"Whatever happens, happens. I just go with the flow." - Linsey Weenk
Esteemed Contributor

RE: 55 Gallon Tropical "Community" Aquarium

Redtail shark is another nasty aggressive problem in the making. Beautiful fish, but unpredictable.
 
As I see it you have:
 
Tetras and Angels and Corys that belong together (softwater amazonians).
 
Livebearers and killies (possibly) that would be better off together (hard water fish).
 
Potentially aggressive and predatory fish that require some rethinking as "community fish" to begin with: Leaf Fish, Redtail Shark, Blue Gourami. You could put all of these is one tank and let them duke it out, or you could just say no.
 
Some very delicate fish, like the glass cat and betta. The glass cat in particular  cannot bear up well as loner, let alone in the rough and tumble setting here.
 
I would just take the barb and rainbow and zebra back to your LFS. 
 
You don't need big tanks for all of these, but you do need more tanks.
 
 
 
 
I
 
 
“The oceans are the planet's last great living wilderness, man's only remaining frontier on Earth, and perhaps his last chance to prove himself a rational species.”
― John L. Culliney
Valued Contributor

RE: 55 Gallon Tropical "Community" Aquarium

Are you sure about the Red Tail Shark? Its not agressive at all.
"Whatever happens, happens. I just go with the flow." - Linsey Weenk
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RE: 55 Gallon Tropical "Community" Aquarium

Do you just contradict for the sake of contradiction?
 
 
“The oceans are the planet's last great living wilderness, man's only remaining frontier on Earth, and perhaps his last chance to prove himself a rational species.”
― John L. Culliney
Valued Contributor

RE: 55 Gallon Tropical "Community" Aquarium

No. I contradict because I seriously think you are wrong somethimes.
"Whatever happens, happens. I just go with the flow." - Linsey Weenk
Super Contributor

RE: 55 Gallon Tropical "Community" Aquarium

Quit bickering..... Your red tail shark may not be aggressive now, but as it grows and matures things are going to change.  BTW, how long has the shark even been in your care?
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RE: 55 Gallon Tropical "Community" Aquarium

Janruary
"Whatever happens, happens. I just go with the flow." - Linsey Weenk
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RE: 55 Gallon Tropical "Community" Aquarium

I see a larger tank is out of the question but do you have any other tanks that can be set up?

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