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Corbanistan
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PostPosted: 2012.02.12(Sun)20:53    Post subject: My first big tank Reply with quote

I am thinking about buying a 55 gallon tank and starting a catfish/pleco tank, I would also like to have some other fish species in with them. What do you guys think?
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diademhill
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PostPosted: 2012.02.13(Mon)2:40    Post subject: Reply with quote

55 gallon is rather limits your choice of plecos & catfish.

Which fish do you fancy as catfish tend to occupy the lower levels and a 55g is a taller than wide tank?
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DaleJr
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PostPosted: 2012.02.14(Tue)11:57    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agree with the above poster, Common plecos can get RATHER large.

If you stick with the Bristlenose, or the Albino LongFin you should be fine. There is a few catfish you can choose from:

CoryCats stay rather small, depending on species
Spotted Pimelodus - They can be very aggresive during feeding.
bumblebee catfish - Stay small and hidden.

Let me throw out another option as well. I really enjoy watching my thai flying fox (2) of them are encouraged, or Indo Flying Foxes.

Whatever you decide you first must decide on Filtration!!!
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PostPosted: 2012.02.14(Tue)12:35    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really like the ideas. my plans for plecos were just bristlenose and rubberlips. but I wanted to get some help for you guys, I hope for more comments as helpful as these.
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PostPosted: 2012.02.14(Tue)12:49    Post subject: Reply with quote

The most important factor really is Filtration, before thowing a bunch of names of fish what are your plans to filter it. This is important to know the bio load limits.
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Corbanistan
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PostPosted: 2012.02.14(Tue)13:13    Post subject: Reply with quote

with filtration, my original plan was a dual bio-wheel filter meant for a 50-70 gallon tank. if you have ideas I would love to hear them
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PostPosted: 2012.02.14(Tue)13:38    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sunsun Canister filtration on Ebay, IMHO I don't like HOB because of their effectiveness in larger tanks. Not being able to clean it completely because you kill the BB needed.
I use 2 Canisters in my 75, I clean one completely and I still have the other with all the BB needed. A couple of months later I will clean the one I didn't clean. Its just simple to use dual filtration.
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PostPosted: 2012.02.14(Tue)14:16    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of my friends uses a dual bio-wheel on his 45 gallon bow front tank, it works great for him, it is just a little bit smaller version of what I plan on getting but I think I have filtration figured out, as well as lighting
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PostPosted: 2012.02.14(Tue)15:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

Corbanistan wrote:
I have filtration figured out, as well as lighting


OK,

so what are your plans for lighting?
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PostPosted: 2012.02.14(Tue)15:02    Post subject: Reply with quote

48 inch dual tube fluorescent light
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