Lchi's 40g :)

Discussion in 'Freshwater Aquarium Builds' started by Lchi87, Jun 30, 2016.

  1. Lchi87ModeratorModerator Member

    So I've decided to document this whole process since this tank is my first larger volume tank and I thought it might be fun to watch the progression from start to finish!

    Here is what I have going so far:

    Started fishless cycling last night.

    I have an Aquaclear 110 and 300w heater hooked up so far.

    Can't wait to start making it pretty!

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  2. MongooseALaModeWell Known MemberMember

    Do you have any ideas of what stock you want?

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  3. tyguy7760Fishlore VIPMember

    Looking forward to following along!

  4. Lchi87ModeratorModerator Member

    I was thinking the following so far:
    - 8x Rummynose tetra
    - 6x Sterbai cory
    - 8-10x Endlers
    -10x Cardinal tetra
    -some sort of snail

    I did want an angelfish or a gourami of some type but I haven't decided if I want to risk the smaller fish turning into a snack for them. I also think I might be pretty stocked so I'm not even sure if there will be room at this point for a larger fish.

    Opinions/suggestions welcome! :)
  5. GeoffWell Known MemberMember

    You're making we want to go to Petco!
  6. Lchi87ModeratorModerator Member

    Do ittttttt!!!!! :;th

    No better feeling than setting up a fresh tank IMO.
  7. el337Fishlore LegendMember

    How exciting! :)

    What about removing the endlers and getting a single angelfish or 2 pearl gouramis (1m1f)? I think you could up your corys to 10-12. It would be fun seeing a bunch of them scurrying around. Are you going with sand as a substrate?
  8. Lchi87ModeratorModerator Member

    I am so wound up over this new tank! I'm rather attached to my endlers unfortunately. I lost all but one female to an unknown parasite outbreak and she ended up dropping 12 fry (currently in a grow out tank) so I was going to move them to the 40g when they've grown. I do have a spare 10g I could put them in but my BF aka Permanent Roommate may have a heart attack if I set up another tank ( already have 4 in a teeny tiny 3rd floor walk up apartment).

    I have Carib Sea Tahitian Moon Sand coming next week!

    So my options are rehoming the endlers to make room for another larger fish or keep the endlers and forgo the angel/gourami.

    Decisions, decisions. :confused:
  9. el337Fishlore LegendMember

    Yeah, that is tough. I know how attached you are with your endlers from your other thread which was why I was hesitant to suggest it. I guess I would mainly worry about the angelfish. What if you remove either the rummy noses or cardinals and get the pearls instead? They'd be less likely a threat to smaller fish.
  10. Lchi87ModeratorModerator Member

    Oh it's all good; it's nice to have people weigh in. I could definitely drop the cardinals or rummy noses since I haven't had the chance to get attached to them yet, just have to pick which one now lol. I definitely will up my cory school, they are extra adorable in big groups!
  11. tyguy7760Fishlore VIPMember

    You could also consider a pair of keyhole cichlids. Very peaceful and I doubt they would eat any of your fish.
  12. Lchi87ModeratorModerator Member

    I just looked them up; they're beautiful! Thanks for the suggestion, I had no idea.
  13. tyguy7760Fishlore VIPMember

    They are one of my favorite cichlids. I can't keep them in my tank as they are a bit too timid for blood parrots and a sajica. Similar to severums in temperament but they do better not alone. However, since you don't have any other large fish and you don't want to do a pair, you could probably do 1 and they would be fine since their won't be anything intimidating in the tank.

    You could also try something like a rainbow cichlid or a sajica cichlid. Though if you did those I'd only do 1.
  14. Lchi87ModeratorModerator Member

    I wouldn't mind doing a pair of the keyhole ciclids (or any larger fish) if it won't overstock the tank! So for stocking (based on suggestions):

    - 8x Rummynose tetra OR 10x Cardinal Tetra
    - 10-12x Sterbai cory
    - 8-10x Endlers
    -some sort of snail
    -a pair of Pearl Gourami OR a pair of Keyhole Ciclids

    Does that seem okay?
  15. tyguy7760Fishlore VIPMember

    Sounds great to me. I vote mystery and nerites for snails.
  16. Lchi87ModeratorModerator Member

    Love nerites; have one in my betta tank already!

    Do you have any issues with mysteries eating plants or laying eggs like crazy? I've never had a mystery snail before.
  17. el337Fishlore LegendMember

    No, I've never had my mysteries eat my plants. I don't know if you give your nerites any veggies but I would definitely leave a fresh veggie in the tank for them every day or every other day. Mine love zucchini, spinach and unsalted canned green beans.

    If you get a female, they will lay eggs above the water line but you can easily remove the clutch. It's very difficult though to sex them.
  18. Lchi87ModeratorModerator Member

    I tried a bit of carrot earlier this week and left it in for almost two days and he didn't touch it. I do have some frozen spinach on hand, so I'll try that tonight.
  19. el337Fishlore LegendMember

    Sometimes you have to try different veggies to see which they prefer. They can be just as picky as we are. lol You might want to try fresh spinach instead since the frozen kind tend to make a mess of your tank.
  20. Lchi87ModeratorModerator Member

    Will do, I just thought he might have turned down the carrot because it was a little tougher than all the soft algae he's used to plowing through which led me to think he might like thawed out frozen spinach since it'll be mushy by the time he gets to it lol. It's water change day tomorrow anyway so if it does make a mess, I'll already be cleaning!

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