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Assuming your looking to have an all male tank and IMHO 11 to 13 males would be good in a 55. Some species to look at in my opinion:
Ruby Red/German Red (Same species with the German Reds being linebreed)
Red Shoulder (Many variants here too)
Ethelwynnae Chitande (Awesome coloring)
Aul. Chitande species (Masinje and/or North are very colorful and have a unique quaility of the sides appearing to change from blue, silver to purple as they swim)
I know I missed a bunch, but what I could think of right now. I hope others will add to this and allow you to select from those as well. I would definately stay clear of the Fryeri's, they can be very aggressive. Almost any fish with the Genus of Aulonocara is a peacock and there is several haps you can look at. IME haps can take longer to color up but some are well worth the wait. Copadichromis genuses are some cool fish, just watch adult sizes when selecting one. FYI a Red Empress can get 6 to 8 inches but they are a mellow Hap that is primarily a vegatarian too. Great substrate cleaners.
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