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My new 40g breeder low light.

So now I am an official member of the 40g breeder pimp club lol. I currently have a 20G and 3 10G's going so I am going to use all the flora and fauna from these tanks and sell the setups on CL, should make some decent money back

the 40 seemed like a popular footprint so I picked one up off of craigslist for $40 bucks (just the tank and a cheap DIY floro light system the guy had rigged)

Here are the specs

40g Breeder black trim
Real nice dark maple (reddish brown) finished custom built stand that I got off CL for $70
Eheim 2213(spraybar) and Fluval 304 (lilys)
Hydor 150W heater (is this enough?)
4 bags Eco-Complete
1 36 inch 96watt coralife floro with legs, no lid on tank.
Will dose seachem flourish, excel and potassium.

Flora list to come, mostly anubis, java, moss,rotala, ludwiga, crypts, stargrass , swords, dwarf hairgrass. It will be very heavily planted.

I also have some awesome branches I got from plantbrain on here, as well as some lace rock. I am still undecided on the layouts for those items.

Fauna is still unsure, I have been playing around with a few combos, maybe you guys can chime in on some additional fish. I am def. gonna have..

19 rummy nose tetras
10 dwarf cories
1 clown pleco
1 pearl gourami
4 ottos
8 nerites
MTS
8-12 RCS (they will be fine in the plants)

I have room for way more fish but I am not sure what to go. I was thinking another school of harlenquins... or... rainbows? rams? apistos?

I will get pics as this comes together, for now all the parts are laying in my room, where the tank is gonna be, waiting for the weekend.
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Apistos and Ram should look real good in your tank. We need pictures!!!!!!!!!!!
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Would apistos and rams be able to live together?
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Most people would say no. I did have them live together in my 75g for a while but then they started to clash. I moved my apistos to another tank. You really don't want to mix to many different dwarf cichlids in the same tank though. I was always told, "Pick one".

Some might have had more success though. I really wouldn't chance it.

I will say this though..... My RAMs and Pulchers don't bother each other at all!

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Would apistos and rams be able to live together?
not in a 40. I would look for a pair of Apistogamma macMasteri. BEAUTIFUL


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Oooo i do like the look of those Apistogamma macMasteris. I was also considering some rainbow fish. I haven't kept any fish bigger than, well, rummy's before so I kinda like the idea of a bigger fish to look at. I guess the pearl will be big tho.

Will the pearl gourami be okay with any of these other fish?
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I really like the Apistogramma borellii. Rainbow's of course will be fine. I'm not really sure about the pearl gourami though. I really don't see why not. I would think that they would keep their distance. I could be wrong though..... I know gourami's can be semi aggressive.

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I really like the Apistogramma borellii. Rainbow's of course will be fine. I'm not really sure about the pearl gourami though. I really don't see why not. I would think that they would keep their distance. I could be wrong though..... I know gourami's can be semi aggressive.
pearl gouramis tend to be on the peaceful side. check out the moonlight gourami as well!


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i really have to say that pearl gouramis are one of my favorite gouramis. i dont have them at the moment but im planning to get some maybe soon but idk. i also love the gold honey gourami. they are on the small size being that they are dwarfs but they are super nice and calm and flashy.

on the note of apistos. if you are really leaning to get a dwarf cichlid you need to have a well established tank even more so for the rams. i currently have 5 rams and a pair of apisto aggazzi and a unknown apisto in my 75 and they are all just fine with the occasional chase but dont do that much anymore. the big thing when pairing dwarfs up is weather they are cave spawners or open spawners. a pair of rams and a pair of cockatoo cichlids would work okay in a 40 breeder ( i did this in mine) as long as you have some flat stones on one side for the rams and a cave for the cockatoos on the other. if they decide to breed.

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So I finally have it cycled and going. My stock so far is

11 Rummies
9 harlenquin rasboras
6 otos
1 clown pleco
1 pearl gourami
2 bosami rainbows
1 Australian rainbow
2 neon rainbows

I am going to leave it at this level for awhile and see how the bio load is. I will add rummies if I can.

Everyone gets along fine. The pearls were real curious about the rainbows when I added them bit they all interact and have no troubles yet. I am somewhat worried about breeding time.,.. stay tuned for details on that!

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The tank looks fantastic! Totally in love!


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