Stocking A 45 Gallon

  1. Barry Wilson

    Barry Wilson Initiate Member

    I'm on the verge of buying a new tank and the space I have in which to put it is only 44 inches wide; therefore, the widest standard tank I can use is 36 inches wide, which means I'll probably be getting a 45 gallon tank. Got it?

    My original plan was to stock it with African cichlids with a pair of Yellow Labs as the focal points. I also considered Oscars (love 'em), but after reading posts on this site, I now know that 45 gallons is too small for Africans or Oscars. Sigh!

    Now I'm thinking along these possible lines:
    • Maybe a tank of colorful schooling fish like neons or cardinals
    • Maybe some angels (just not as colorful as I like)
    I would enjoy reading your thoughts on schooling fish or other fish that would thrive in a 45 gallon tank.
     




  2. Fanatic

    Fanatic Fishlore VIP Member

    Hello! :) Welcome to Fishlore!
    Why not try this stocking?

    2 Angelfish
    10 Harlequin Rasboras
    10 Cherry Barbs
    10 Bronze Cory
    2 Bristlenose Pleco
     
  3. v

    varmint Well Known Member Member

    You could do 1 Angel, 8 to 10 Cardinals and 6 Sterbai cories and a couple of Nerite snails. Temperature 78-80F. Just a thought.
     
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    Barry Wilson

    Barry Wilson Initiate Member

    Thanx. I had forgotten about Harlequins.
     
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    Barry Wilson

    Barry Wilson Initiate Member

    Thanks, Varmint.
     
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    Barry Wilson

    Barry Wilson Initiate Member

    Okay! Yesterday I found a 65 gallon tank that is only 36-37 inches wide and is on sale at a local store, so I'm going to try to get that instead. It's 18 inches deep (front to back). Is this still too small for a couple of Oscars?
     
  7. Fanatic

    Fanatic Fishlore VIP Member

    Yes, that's too small for even one oscar, period.
     
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    Barry Wilson

    Barry Wilson Initiate Member

    Thanks, Fanatic.