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40G Breeder Planted Ideas & Help

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Hi guys I am new to this forum and I recently got a 40-gallon breeder, I've already put one bag of 20lb Eco-Complete (black) and lightly topped it and surrounded the middle formation I made with the Eco-Complete with Imagitarium black small gravel (20lbs). I am going to be having a Fluval 307 Performance Canister Filter with no CO2 system and plan on just doing liquid ferts. by Co-Op and some Seachem Excel either every day or every other day. I am trying to decide on lighting equipment as well as the type of plants to get for a medium to low light setup.

At the moment I am debating on getting the Current USA Satellite Freshwater LED Plus (
or getting the Finnex Planted+ 24/7 LED KLC Aquarium LED Light (

For stocking, I am going to have 2 Angels, 6 cory cats, 2 Bolivian Rams, 2 viper shrimp, 7 black skirt tetras, and 12 neon tetras. (*Note, the smaller fish like the tetras and cory cats and shrimp are/may eventually go into a 20-gallon tank I have but to set up.) I also plan on adding about 6 dwarf neon rainbowfish as well. (Would adding a pleco be too much too?)

What do you guys think about plant stocking and the lighting ideas?
I am looking to have a thick background plant that roots and some foreground to front plants, I also have a little bit of driftwood.
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Personally I like the Planted+ more.
For stocking, Make sure to have lots of cover and line of sight blocks. For cover for the shrimp and smaller fish, go with moss or things that grow low and compact such as anubias. For line of sight blocks, I like driftwood and broad leaf java fern. This will prevent your angles and rams from eating shrimp and minimise aggression.
The pleco(s) would be fine with some driftwood.
For plants, I would start with easy plants like anubias and java ferns tucked between a rock structure, building up to a ledge with easy stem plants.
Good luck and send pics!
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