38 Gallon Stocking

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by Kaelico, Aug 4, 2017.

  1. KaelicoValued MemberMember

    Does this stock work for a 38g tank? Am I overstocked or do I have more room? And are all of these fish temp compatible?

    1-2 marble angelfish
    8-10 black neon tetras
    8-10 cherry barbs
    1 BN pleco

    Last edited: Aug 5, 2017
  2. goplecosWell Known MemberMember

    1 Angelfish
    12 Black Neon Tetras, or 10 Cherry Barbs
    8 Corydoras
    1 Clown Pleco (likes higher temps)

    You were not overstocked IMO but the Tetras could have been stressed with an angelfish and another middle schooler.

  3. aquatickeeperFishlore VIPMember

    What are the dimensions? I would do a clown pleco instead of a BN pleco.

  4. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    You also have room for a school of sterbai or aeneus cories on the bottom. I also agree, do a clown pleco instead of a BN.
  5. KaelicoValued MemberMember

    Dimensions are 36l x 20h x 12w. I will change the bn pleco to a clown. I'm not a fan of cories so is there another mid dwelling school that could work with the cherry barbs? I'd prefer two schools of fish if possible. Also what would be the ideal temp for this setup?
  6. goplecosWell Known MemberMember

    Cardinal Tetras are a little bigger so won't be bullied by the other fish. Instead of Corys you could do Kuhlis.
  7. KaelicoValued MemberMember

    So would this work?

    2 Angelfish (Can I fit both or should I stick to just one?)
    8-10 cherry barbs
    8-10 cardinal tetras
    1 clown pleco

    I'd prefer just to have the pleco, but I might think about adding a school of kuhli loaches in the future.
  8. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    What about a german blue ram for the bottom? I'd stick to one angel, personally.
  9. goplecosWell Known MemberMember

    I would do:
    1 angelfish
    8 Cherry Barbs
    10 Cardinal Tetras
    1 Clown Pleco
    2 GBRs (1 male female)
  10. KaelicoValued MemberMember

    I'll go with one angel then.
    This is my stocking plan for now:

    1 Marble angelfish
    8 cherry barbs
    10 cardinal tetras
    1 clown pleco

    I'm debating whether or not I want to add another cichlid, but if I do, I'd prefer an electric blue ram. Would that be suitable in place of the GBR? Could I have a male/female pair of those? I prefer the appearance of the EBR, and I've heard that GBRs can be a little delicate.
  11. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    Yes, an electric blue is fine. They are just as delicate as GBRs though, they are the same exact species, just a different color variant.
  12. KaelicoValued MemberMember

    Ok. I'll decide if I want to add the EBR or not once the tank is established. If I do, a male and female pair is fine right? And what is the ideal temperature for this setup? I'm thinking 80-82?
  13. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    Yes, that is fine. 80 F is good.
  14. KaelicoValued MemberMember

    Cool thank you.
  15. aquatickeeperFishlore VIPMember

    I would wait 3 months after your tank is established and then get your EBR.
  16. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    No problem!
  17. KaelicoValued MemberMember

    So I've been thinking about the stocking for this tank and I've made some modifications. Would this work?

    1 Marble Angelfish
    10-12 green neon tetras (I've heard they're a little bigger than regular neons, are they big enough to not get eaten by the angel?)
    8 serpae tetras
    1 Clown pleco
    2 EBR (possibly)
  18. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    Green neons actually get smaller than regular neons, so nix those. Black neons would be better. Serpaes are also a bad mix with an angel, do diamond tetras instead of those.
  19. KaelicoValued MemberMember

    Ok so no green neons. I'm not really a fan of diamond tetras (just look a little bland to me) so I'll go back to the cherry barbs. I'm just going to stick with my original plan I guess. Is it possible to up the cherry barbs to 10 and the cardinals to 12 or is that overstocked? Also is it a good idea to get the angel as a juvenile and the tetras/ barbs as adults or does it not really matter in this case? I just don't want them to be eaten.
  20. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    I'd keep the numbers where you had them planned.

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