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Old 11-30-2011, 07:16 PM   #1
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HI ALL! I am new to the site and new to aquarium life (6 mo.) I have a 40 gal freshwater tank and could not be happier with it! I have posted what i have on my profile and all are welcome to take a look. I am open to advise from those more knowledgeable than myself (which isnt difficult to accomplish) lol

My name is Jessica, I live in Northern Wi, and I am a full time student and barista. I have a FW tank, 40 gal containing the following:
1 Rubbernose Pleco
1 Cory
2 yellow dwarf gouramis
2 silver dollar
6 neon tetra
1 betta
1 bamboo shrimp
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Old 11-30-2011, 07:18 PM   #2
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Old 11-30-2011, 07:34 PM   #4
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I am very much looking forward to having a source and someone to answer all of my questions. With my tank, which would be mor beneficial sand or gravel?
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Hi Jessica,
Sand or gravel as substrate is a matter of taste for the most part unless you're going to be growing plants, breeding fish or doing something which specifically requires one or the other. Which do you prefer the look of?
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Definetly sand. However, I have read that sand can cause problems with plecos.
Idk if its true or not
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My Plecos never had an issue and I've been using sand for YEARS. I do believe they probably evolved dealing with it in the wild so I don't see what the issue would be with silica.
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I think it is important that you use smooth rounded sand. Too rough is hard on bottom dwellers. Corydoras in particular more than Plecos can have issues with sharp edged sand. Damages their barbels.
I've got sand in 2 of my tanks and my Otos are fine with it
They aren't Plecos but similar lifestyle.
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HI ALL! I am new to the site and new to aquarium life (6 mo.) I have a 40 gal freshwater tank and could not be happier with it! I have posted what i have on my profile and all are welcome to take a look. I am open to advise from those more knowledgeable than myself (which isnt difficult to accomplish) lol

My name is Jessica, I live in Northern Wi, and I am a full time student and barista. I have a FW tank, 40 gal containing the following:
1 Rubbernose Pleco
1 Cory
2 yellow dwarf gouramis
2 silver dollar
6 neon tetra
1 betta
1 bamboo shrimp
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IMO sand is the way to go. Looks nicer and easier to clean. You pleco will love the sand and so will your cory.
I've noticed a few things with your stocking list.
Cories do much better in schools of 4-6+. One lonely Cory will hide most of the time. So I'd like to suggest you add at least 3 more cories as friends for your little guy.
Sometimes multiple gouramis won't get along so that is something to look out for.
Silver dollars get very big. They also need to be in schools of 6 or more. They will out grow your tank so you will have to find them a new home soon.
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