40l Cube Tank

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hi, apologies for asking lots of questions but I want to get it right...

I’m going to purchase a 40l cube tank. I thought I would get 4 or 5 guppies... I know the tank capacity is fine for these, but I’m a bit nervous about the shape, as it’s not long. Would they still have enough swimming room?

I’d like my tank to be a lovely place for the fish, not an ok one.

So I’d also like to know about chilli rasboras. What would these be like to keep in a cube tank? I have two horned snails that will go in there too, and I am keen on a couple of small shrimps if that wouldn’t be too much.

I’m going to purchase the tank next week and start fishless cycling... I’m sure I’ll have even more questions then!

I’m upgrading from a not really fit for much 15l biorb life. Can I use the stones and plastic plants from this?
 

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What are the dimensions of the cube?
 

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So this is the stocking
10 gallon cube
4-5 guppies
shrimp
chili rasboras
snails
Honesty, that won't work.
You might not be able to do chilis, due to the cube space
Shrimp like live plants, and usually die without
maybe 3 guppies and shrimp in a planted tank?
 

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Sorry I wasn’t clear, I meant either guppies or rasbora. Definitely not both.

Based on what you’ve said about shrimp I think I’ll give them a miss.

So it’s guppies or rasbora - which fish would be better for 10l tank. I’m very keen not to overstock but don’t have lots of room for a larger tank.

Will guppies be happy in a 40l cube, or do they need a long tank.

I already have the snails so maybe 3 or 4 guppies plus the tiny snails?

Or some rasbora with the tiny snails?

Would you go for guppies or rasbora
 

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I would say guppies. Wow, you definitely do care about fish. Rasboras need swimming space more than guppies, so guppies
 

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This is a cube tank the OP wants to use. The less active the better! What are the dimensions of this cube? If it's 10 gallons and a perfect cube then each side would have to be just over 13 inches. That's really not very much swimming room.
 

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Tank is 34x34x40cm. Is that going to be too small for guppies?
 

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What is that, like a five gallon tank?

That’s pretty small, to be honest. You might be able to put a single pea puffer in there, but I’m not sure about guppies.

Edit: okay, it’s ten gallons if it’s a 40 liter. If so, that should be okay for guppies, IMO.
 

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The volume is fine but being a cube the dimensions are not. I wouldn't keep guppies in there TBH.
 

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I know the volume is ok, but whether it’s ok at those dimensions, i.e for happy swimming space is what’s concerning me.

I really want to get it right as I’ve been given bad advice before and currently have danios in an unsuitable tank. Im going to rehome them and now I want to make sure I don’t make the same mistake again, so am being quite obsessive to get it right!

Thank you. Is there any fish that would be good or do I need to rethink the tank? I have limited space, one area that would fit a cube and is near a sink, and one area where I could do a long one, but it would have to be less than 29cm wide, which I’m struggling to find in my budget. (Looking secondhand)

Ok, I’d need to save up but the super fish home 40l I would be able to fit in my space I think, it’s 45cm x 25cm and 42.5 high. Would this one be suitable?
 
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Ok, I’d need to save up but the super fish home 40l I would be able to fit in my space I think, it’s 45cm x 25cm and 42.5 high. Would this one be suitable?
Uk ? Do you use shpock ? Lots of tanks on there better than the fish home things, for cheap too. Ive had some steals off shpock.
 

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Never tried it, I’ll have a look - thanks
 

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What about celestial pearl danios? They're very tiny and beautiful! I would pick from a nano fish list myself.
 
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