Planted 40b Stocking

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by Guppykid101, May 25, 2018.

  1. Guppykid101

    Guppykid101Well Known MemberMember

    Heres a couple stocking lists I had in mind

    Stock#1:
    1x Small/medium pleco variety
    2x apistos
    20x ember tetras or other nano schooler

    Stock#2:
    6-7x emerald corys
    6x platys
    2x GBR
    15x cardinal tetras

    Stock#3:
    1-2x Pearl gouramis
    6-7x Emerald cory
    2x GBR
    10-15x Black neon tetras

    Stock#4 (an interesting curveball):
    30-35x serpae tetras or tiger barbs, or some other under appreciated nippy schooler

    Let me know what you guys think is best, or even propose some different fish to add/substitute in!
     
  2. bryangar

    bryangarWell Known MemberMember

    Try using   to help with stocking.
     
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    Guppykid101

    Guppykid101Well Known MemberMember

    I've never really liked to rely on aquadvisor, and I'm pretty sure my choices are an okay amount of stocking, I was just looking for opinions on which might be better, or if anyone had fish I should try out :)
     




  4. JLeeM

    JLeeMWell Known MemberMember

    I personally like option #3 the best.
     




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    Guppykid101

    Guppykid101Well Known MemberMember

    Why's that? The pearl gouramis do really seem like a fun centerpiece.
     
  6. JLeeM

    JLeeMWell Known MemberMember

    Well I like #2 and #3 way more than the others. But I like pearl gouramis and black neons a LOT more than platies or cardinals. Lol.
     
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    Guppykid101

    Guppykid101Well Known MemberMember

    Makes sense, thanks for your opinion, I think I've personally ruled out #1 myself, and I'm closing in on #2 and #3 as well...I think the colors on the pearl gouramis would go really well with the black neons..
     
  8. DarkOne

    DarkOneWell Known MemberMember

    I vote #2 but instead of platys, a pleco or 2.
     
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    Guppykid101

    Guppykid101Well Known MemberMember

    I've heard some less than appealing storys about plecos and corys living in the same tank and the plecos being too territorial and grumpy for the corys complete lack of "personal space". Just has me on my toes a bit about mixing them.
     
  10. DarkOne

    DarkOneWell Known MemberMember

    I have a BN (3.5") and Blue Phantom (4") with 8 bronze cories in my 75g and a BN (4") and Vampire Pleco (3") with 12 peppered cories in my 40b. The Vampire pleco will be moved to the 75g when he grows out a bit more. No issues at all. There are some plecos that are very territorial so you do need to check on the specific pleco you get but most are not aggressive toward non-plecos.
     
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    Guppykid101

    Guppykid101Well Known MemberMember

    Good to know, I'm really interested in the small/medium exotic plecos that offer a little bit more to the tank than just a BN or rubber lip
     
  12. DarkOne

    DarkOneWell Known MemberMember

    BNs are great for controlling most types of algae. I've noticed most of the smaller exotic plecos are more carnivorous. Blue (and Green) Phantoms grow to about 5-7" and will eat algae. Vampire plecos grow to about 10" and are more carnivorous.

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    Guppykid101

    Guppykid101Well Known MemberMember

    Won't BN's eat up all my lovely plants though?

    Two very beautiful fish btw!
     
  14. DarkOne

    DarkOneWell Known MemberMember

    My BNs keep my leaves clean but don't eat them. They can't quite clean the tips though.

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    Guppykid101

    Guppykid101Well Known MemberMember

    What a gorgeous tank! Thanks for the help sorting out the whole pleco thing, glad there's a person for every fish on here haha.
     




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