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55gal Nano Tank
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Thanks for the info Rally!

It's funny you should mention bettas because since I posted I've been looking heavily into wild bettas as well.

If I'm doing a 55gal tank then I want a good group in there. If I can only have one male then I think that's a deal breaker for me. I will have lots of plants and line of sight breaks and caves but probably quite open at the front.

So, that being said I'm thinking that the SB are out as per Plankton's advise to only have one male. I was hoping to have about a dozen puffers but if I can only have one male........maybe not a deal breaker as they're not too different in appearance. Would 1 male and 11 female work Rally?

I also have a 125litre tank for apisto's and pencilfish that is choked to breaking point with ramshorn snails so I'll be sorted for food Smile

Now that I've been looking in bettas as well they are a real contender. You don't happen to know any species of wild betta that does well in groups do you?
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No worries always glad to help where I can and again apologies for the delay in posting the last post.

The link I gave you states ‘With dwarf puffers, it’s very much a case of ‘out of sight, out of mind’ when it comes to territorial aggression. In terms of stocking density, a good rule of thumb is to allow about 10 l/2.5 gal per puffer’. In a 250l’ish setup (remembering to account for any water displacement from tank decor) then with 12 you will be about on the limit of what is recommended. Personally I would double the g/per Puffer just to be safe.

The important bit is to remember to only have one Male as they can be very territorial like the SB’s, especially with lots of females about as my males both think they’re pimps! Lol!

Regarding the wild Bettas I’m afraid I can’t really help there. I did do some research on the spendends breed but preferred the puffers so went for them instead! Again, only one Male is best with these too as they can also be aggressive and won’t stop fighting til there is only one left.

Hope that helps?


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I've just read this through again....
Is this a 55 gallon or a 55 litre nano tank? I wouldn't call 55g a nano.....????? Wink Big Grin
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55 gallon.

I'm liking the idea of big tank, small fish Smile
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Ah..........what's the dimensions of it?
This could get more interesting...... Wink
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Is this another Fluval Roma 240 or just a re-vamp?
How many tanks do you have now?

You'll be spoilt for fish choice with your soft Scottish water.
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Dimensions are L:120cm x W:40cm x H:55cm.

This is a revamp of my Fluval Roma 240

I also have a 125l with apistos and pencils although they keep eating the eggs :/

Last tank is a small 39litre that I'm gonna put my next batch of pleco babies into, see if I can keep them away from the predators this time.

Stephen it's harder to pick a fish than you might think!

I've been looking at dwarf puffers, apistos, dario dario, nanochromis, kribs, wild bettas......I'm probably forgetting a few but the think that seems to be tru of them all that even in a 55 gallon tank it's gonna be a problem keeping 3 or 4 males!.

If anyone can suggest a nice species that I can keep as a group where the males won't kill each other I'd be very grateful!
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True honey gourami (c. chuna) males may bicker a bit, but don't fight (as a rule anyway). Thick-lipped gourami (c. labiosa)are similarly tempered. If you think about thick-lipped, don't be confused by banded gourami (c. fasciata) who look very similar but are not placid...... Wink
You MAY get away with two male scarlet badis, but you'd need an awful lot of females and territories. For small fish they are lethal with each other...... Rolleyes
You could keep a lot of betta females with a male, except b.splendens. What about liquorice or chocolate gourami?
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after lots, and I mean LOTS, of looking at different fish I think I've come across a winner.

Anyone any experience of Thomasi Cichlids? I'm think 2 pairs, a pair of nanochromis transvestitus and maybe a couple of microsynodontis batesii.

Anyone any experience of any of these?
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Nanochromis transvestitus like the tank water warm at 25/26C and acidic (below pH7.0) likewise the Anomalochromis thomasi also prefers warm water 24-26C.
Both species originate from Africa.
As long as the other fish are compatible with the warm water.

The microsynodontis batesii requires hard water and unfortunately your water is too soft.

You are probably better with something from south America such as Bolivian rams, maybe 6 and a pair of smaller cichlids such as apisto species.

Just an opinion
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