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(the fun part) Stocking List and Advice for 40 Gallon Breeder (planted)

Hello PTers,

I have long been part of this forum, but I don't believe I've ever actually posted in here. So forgive me if I am posting in the incorrect area.

With all of your suggestions, and long time reviewing, and a bit of trial and error (ok lots of errors), I have successfully been able to hold the ground on a beautifully planted 10 gallon, low tech tank for the last few years.

10gallon:
PH 7.8-8.0 (aged tap water 7.6)
KH - 5
GH - 9

Ammonia - 0
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate - 10-25ppm depending on the day of the week (water changes)

40 gallon breeder is being picked up today, and will have a fishless cycle with old filter media. I would anticipate the PH KH and GH would be similar.

This will be my first attempt at a medium tech planted tank. CO2 , with 2 (probably) finnex planted 24/7s, and an aquaclear 70 HOB filter.

This was my current thoughts on stocking:
3 Honey Gouramis (1 male 2 females)
21 Pristella Tetras (too much too few?)
10 RCS (figured some would get picked off, and they'd reproduce, but maybe a bad idea?)
3 Zebra Nerite Snails

NO idea on plants yet.

Any suggestions on stocking, plants, or this setup?

Thank you!
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The Pristella tetra stays under 2 inches- so, you are fine with 21 in 40 gallon with planned stock.

You may be able to keep some of the RCS alive with the fish, you may not. Ive not had very good luck with fish and shrimp together. But, others have. Its 50/50.

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Thank you!

I just realized I have posted previously pretty frequently (must have been when I was looking for help on the 10 gallon.

I'll try the RCS.

Outside of the RCS, are there other peaceful fish that would live well with the 3 honey Gouramis? I'm not heart set on the Pristella tetras (willing to change), but wondering what else I could put in there. Am I understocked by quite a bit?
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Hello PTers,

I have long been part of this forum, but I don't believe I've ever actually posted in here. So forgive me if I am posting in the incorrect area.

With all of your suggestions, and long time reviewing, and a bit of trial and error (ok lots of errors), I have successfully been able to hold the ground on a beautifully planted 10 gallon, low tech tank for the last few years.

10gallon:
PH 7.8-8.0 (aged tap water 7.6)
KH - 5
GH - 9

Ammonia - 0
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate - 10-25ppm depending on the day of the week (water changes)

40 gallon breeder is being picked up today, and will have a fishless cycle with old filter media. I would anticipate the PH KH and GH would be similar.

This will be my first attempt at a medium tech planted tank. CO2 , with 2 (probably) finnex planted 24/7s, and an aquaclear 70 HOB filter.

This was my current thoughts on stocking:
3 Honey Gouramis (1 male 2 females)
21 Pristella Tetras (too much too few?)
10 RCS (figured some would get picked off, and they'd reproduce, but maybe a bad idea?)
3 Zebra Nerite Snails

NO idea on plants yet.

Any suggestions on stocking, plants, or this setup?

Thank you!
I would consider upping the honey gourami to 5-6 as you will get more natural behavior from them.
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I would consider upping the honey gourami to 5-6 as you will get more natural behavior from them.
Interesting. I assumed too many gouramis in a tank would cause aggression. Are you thinking 2 males/4 females for example?

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I would definitely get some amanos as well. They hold their ground against the fish and clean up things pretty nicely.

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I found this site very helpful with stocking

http://www.aqadvisor.com/

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I second aqadvisor.com. It will tell you all about your stock list, tell you about incompatibilities, ideal numbers, ideal temp, ph, hardness, stocking %, filtration capacity, really everything you need to know.

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Interesting. I assumed too many gouramis in a tank would cause aggression. Are you thinking 2 males/4 females for example?

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For most kinds yes. Honey's prefer to be in groups. They will build a hierarchy which works better in the bigger group. The 2/4 ratio would be perfect, though i wouldn't worry too much if you can't get that exact ratio. They will do fine with just the three though if you don't want more.
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I don't know about aquadvisor but AqAdvisor - Intelligent Freshwater Tropical Fish Aquarium Stocking Calculator and Aquarium Tank/Filter Advisor (no U) works fine.
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I would cut the tetra numbers in half and double the RCS. Less is more


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AQadvisor.com is still working. Never heard of Aquadvisor, but the one I linked is still good.

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AQadvisor.com is still working. Never heard of Aquadvisor, but the one I linked is still good.
Thats really strange. I dont see an active website. Can you link me to an active page with a calculator?


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