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Hi, I currently have a gallon tank with 10 neon tetras, 4 albino Cory cats, 1 betta, and a mystery snail. Everything is great in there but I am moving them into a 40 gallon breeder and I want to add a bit to it. Any livestock recommendations would be great. Also any recommendations for good filters and lights. My plants in my 10 gallon are growing okay, but when I move into the bigger tank I want my plants to really grow well and I’m not sure what light to use
 

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Neon tetras 70-81 F. Bettas 78-82 F. Also add more corys as I like fish123 said
 

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If neon tetras range was 70-80 they would be at the max temperature range and betta at the lowest so it's not a good idea. Most people on fishlore say they should be in 76 or less.
 
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Hm I’m not sure. I have it at 78 degrees and all seem to be fine. But maybe I can leave the betta in the 10 gallon and move everyone else to the 40
 

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Hm I’m not sure. I have it at 78 degrees and all seem to be fine. But maybe I can leave the betta in the 10 gallon and move everyone else to the 40
That would be a good idea. You will have a lot more options without the betta.
Maybe 10-20 neon tetra, 10+ albino corydoras, a centerpiece, some inverts, and something else if you have the space.
 
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Okay, do you have any experience with honey gourami? I have been looking into them a bit and I really like them
 

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I've never kept them but I have researched them. I've kept other gourami. You could have a group of them in a 40 gallon. Just don't get more males than females.
 
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I am setting up a 40 gallon breeder tank with 10 neon tetras, a betta, 10 Corydoras, and a mystery snail. I would also like to add a small school of rasboras. It would be cool to put some hatchet fish in as well, but I’m not sure if they would work for me. I have pretty soft water, but have a ph of 7.5. Does anyone have any advice on whether or not hatchet fish would be okay for my tank? Thank you!
 

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I have silver and marbled in a 55 with a ph of 7.5. They do well in larger groups IMO. Interesting little fish. Make sure you have tight fitting lids, they can fly.

Not sure about keeping them with a betta though!
 
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Diane 007 said:
I have silver and marbled in a 55 with a ph of 7.5. They do well in larger groups IMO. Interesting little fish. Make sure you have tight fitting lids, they can fly.

Not sure about keeping them with a betta though!
Thanks for the input. I am actually going to rehome the betta and put a couple Bolivian rams in the tank instead
 

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They like a compromise between surface area to swim in, and floating plants to rest under. Half and half is good. Not too much current. And a lid, they jump when spooked or chased.
 
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They like a compromise between surface area to swim in, and floating plants to rest under. Half and half is good. Not too much current. And a lid, they jump when spooked or chased.
Okay and do you have any recommendations on what kind of hatchet fish to get? I was thinking the marbled hatchet. Maybe a group of 6-9 of them
 

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Thanks for the input. I am actually going to rehome the betta and put a couple Bolivian rams in the tank instead
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Thanks for the input. I am actually going to rehome the betta and put a couple Bolivian rams in the tank instead
Bolivian rams get my vote love them! My silver hatchetfish float down and chill with them from time to time. I find the silvers have quite the personality the marbled are pretty but kinda boring.
 

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Okay and do you have any recommendations on what kind of hatchet fish to get? I was thinking the marbled hatchet. Maybe a group of 6-9 of them
I have 6 marbled, will add more when I find them. The more the better 6 would be the minimum IMO
 

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JJBriant said:
Okay and do you have any recommendations on what kind of hatchet fish to get? I was thinking the marbled hatchet. Maybe a group of 6-9 of them
All the Carnegiellas are pretty much the same, in behaviour and parameters. Just get as many as you can of one species. The bigger the group, the happier they’ll be. If you’re thinking 6-9, get 9.
 

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