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IM SO EXCITED! I GOT A NEW TANK!

A beautifull, 55 gallon aquarium. Its demensions are 30''x18''x22'', so it has that cubic look to it. My 16th birthday just passed, and my father got it for me. We are still awaiting for it to arrive at the store so we can pick it up. IM SO EXCITED! THIS WILL BE MY FOURTH AQUARIUM!!!!!!! Does anyone have any set up ideas to share with me?

So far, i deffently want this in my tank:

12 neon tetras
2 dwarf gouramis
2 velvet swordtails
2 guppies
4 cory catfish
and perhaps 2 angelfish

This is not my first aquarium, so i know what to do. Does anyone have any suggestions that i could put in my aquarium? Please post pictures of your personal aquariums!

P.S. What other fish species would be nice to add in this community tank?
 

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You cant keep guppies with neons. The amazonian fish need a PH 6,0 to 6,8 but the guppies like alcaline water.

you can keep the corys with neon tetras or the velvets with the guppies

The dwarf gouramis need a neutral PH like bettas and another oriental especies, but they can get along with the amazonians with a 6,8 PH

The angelfish can turn to a neon eater when growup, but can live with corys and the dwarf gouramis. They also need an light acid PH.

best regards !
 

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Cool!!!! Good Luck With Your New fish Tank!!!!!
If You Have Any Questions, You Can Always Ask TheAquaExpert!!!! ^_^
 

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Many of the fish that we keep can tolerate any pH that is near 7.0. The same goes for water hardness, many can tolerate quite hard water and most can do OK in moderately soft water. If you have very soft or low pH water, it is best to avoid the common livebearers because they can't take it very well. I keep cories, angels and black neons with common livebearers in a high pH hard water setting in my 120. Most of my other tanks are devoted to single species so they can be adjusted to suit the fish that are in them but the big community gets straight tap water with dechlorinator. If I have fish that like softer water, I mix in some RO to get the desired hardness but I never add any chemicals to adjust pH. In my experience, the mineral content of the water is much more important to sensitive fish than the actual pH so adding a chemical to lower pH for soft water fish is counter-productive.
 

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Congrats on the new tank. With the neons it would depend on what kind of acclimation you give them as they aren't a very hardy fish. And yes the angels will eat them. You might check into maybe some cardinals. Same coloring but a little bigger and a little hardier than neons.
 

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I love the excitement of a new tank!! Congratulation and cant wait to see it set up :)

This is my 90gal (angels, cherry barbs, cory, bristlenose, redtail shark, clown loaches, otos)


Some old setups (been pulled down now)
20gal


55gal


90gal


90gal
 

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This weekend, im going out to get my gravel, and stones. I want to try something different this time. Instead of an amazonian theme, im looking towards making this tank more like a copy of a marine tank. I looked at fake coral, but by the time I am done buying it, i would have easly blown $250+, and that is before the filter, gravel, and other media. So does anyone have any tips on how I can make my fresh water tank look like a salt water community?

If you have pictures, i would love to see more!!!!!!!

Many thanks!!!!!!!
 

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HEY ALL! i just finished setting up my tank yesterday. it lookes like a real salt water tank. More importantly, there are so many caves, and knooks and cranies in it, that the fish will be very happy. In a couple of weeks, i will start buying the fish. I will upload pictures of the tank as soon as possible.
 

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I like your stocking list. The only thing I would take off is the guppies because they need different water conditions than the tetras so they can't really be kept in the same tank.

Good luck with your new tank

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