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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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That's a very diverse community of fish, but I will be pushing the tank's capacity and you will likely have some compatibility issues.

If you are thinking that the smaller fish (cory cats, neon tetras, shrimp, even black skirt tetras) will go in another tank, then can you wait until that tank is set up and not introduce them in this tank in the first place? That would save running the risk that they'd get harassed/eaten by the angels or rams, and the stress of having to net them from the 40g.

Then you could set up the 40g with plants to suit the larger fish--angels, rams, dwarf rainbows--with line of sight breaks as a habitat feature rather than a necessary safety barrier.
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