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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.

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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.
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55 Gallon Tropical "Community" Aquarium

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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

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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.  
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RE: 55 Gallon Tropical "Community" Aquarium

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Bigger tank is impossivle for me now.
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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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RE: 55 Gallon Tropical "Community" Aquarium

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Are you sure about the Red Tail Shark? Its not agressive at all.
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Do you just contradict for the sake of contradiction?
 
 
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No. I contradict because I seriously think you are wrong somethimes.
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RE: 55 Gallon Tropical "Community" Aquarium

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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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Janruary
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RE: 55 Gallon Tropical "Community" Aquarium

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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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