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Old 04-21-2017, 01:27 AM   #1
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40 gallon stocking help

It is 3ft long.

I already have 6 cardinal tetras, 6 pygmy corydoras & a female betta. They have been living together for a while in a 20 gallon but now they will be shifted to the 40 gallon.

I want to add other fish but i'm not sure what else. I do want to up those 2 schools into a large group & add a bristlenose pleco.

Any other suggestions or ideas?
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Old 04-21-2017, 11:36 AM   #2
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What temp are you keeping? Isn't a BN more co for table mid seventies and the betta around 78-80? What about a clown pleco?

Outside of that... Are you wanting another school or a new centerpiece?
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I keep the temp at 78f so wouldn't the bristlenose pleco be okay since upon googling it; it's highest temp range is 81f? (not that you want to be at that extreme.) What is the difference (besides appearance) between the clown & bristlenose pleco?

I was thinking I wouldn't mind another school of tetras or rasboras etc. but I also like the idea of another centrepiece fish. I would like to get a ram as they are very beautifully coloured fish. I also heard gouramis and Betta's aren't a good idea because the gourami will nip be Betta's fins. Angels might eat the schooling fish etc. I think a ram is the best option for another centerpiece fish but I don't want to stress my female betta out.

Would something like this be okay:

- 8 cardinal tetras
- 8 other schooling fish
- 1 female betta
- 1 other centrepiece fish
- 8 Pygmy corydoras
- 1 type of pleco

By the way, pardon me with my knowledge on temperature ranges for tropical fish as I am fairly new to tropical fish other than Betta's.
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Not sure if a betta and a ram will get along, even though your betta has had tankmates the more you add the greater chance her behavior will change.
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I was also thinking this, she really isn't aggressive, but I want her to feel relaxed and not all stressed within in her space and her home.

Another option is I could put her in a smaller tank of 5.5 gallons along with a snail or some shrimp. What do you think she would be happier with; a smaller tank with no tankmates or a larger tank with tankmates? I know Betta's don't need company, I just mean will she prefer more space to swim than to be alone?

Any suggestions or ideas for stocking without the female betta in the 40 gallon?
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I'd get at least 15 more cardinal tetras, a few more corys, keep the betta in there, and once the tank is established for a while...a pair of rams
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I keep the temp at 78f so wouldn't the bristlenose pleco be okay since upon googling it; it's highest temp range is 81f? (not that you want to be at that extreme.) What is the difference (besides appearance) between the clown & bristlenose pleco?
From my understanding:

Bristlnose Pleco
https://www.planetcatfish.com/common...species_id=905

Clown Pleco
https://www.planetcatfish.com/common...species_id=734

Now there are several varients on the BN. I just marked the one I see most often.

So I would go Clown myself in that mix.
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From my understanding:

Bristlnose Pleco
https://www.planetcatfish.com/common...species_id=905

Clown Pleco
https://www.planetcatfish.com/common...species_id=734

Now there are several varients on the BN. I just marked the one I see most often.

So I would go Clown myself in that mix.
Apparently the clown pleco requires a lot of driftwood. I haven't aquascaped the tank yet but I'm not sure that's the way I want to go.
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Bumping this up.
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What about an angelfish, german blue rams, cardinal tetras, another small schooling fish, pygmy corydoras & a bristlenose pleco.

Is this too much? Should I not do the other small schooling fish?
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