Stocking Ideas 40 Gallon Tank

Discussion in 'Welcome to FishLore' started by 90's, Jan 11, 2019.

  1. 90'sNew MemberMember

    Hey fish friends.

    Need some stocking ideas for my 40 gal breeder, tank just finished cycling a couple days ago did a water change and now we are ready for some fish.

    With my given water parameters what are some stocking ideas to consider ?

    PH 8.0
    Gh 4 or 5
    KH 3 or 4
  2. david1978Fishlore LegendMember

    What's the one fish you really want? That's were I usually start and go from there.
  3. 90'sNew MemberMember

    Well I just want ideas that will work with my parameters
  4. 90'sNew MemberMember

    I guess with my high ph and low gh and kh it’s leaving me a bit confused.
  5. david1978Fishlore LegendMember

  6. mbkempWell Known MemberMember

    Many water utilities add sodium hydroxide to raise the alkalinity of the water to prevent pipe corrosion. This also minimizes lime scale build up.

    If you can test your tds. I bet you are under 200 which is pretty good for all but harder water fish
  7. 90'sNew MemberMember

    Yeah my tds is 42 out of the tap. So do I just ignore the ph and consider it an untrue value and base my stocking off tds gh and kh ? Those numbers define my water as soft “ish”
  8. mbkempWell Known MemberMember

    Yes, ph is not a direct measure of hard or soft water. Tds is many things but most of those things are calcium, carbonate, and magnesium
  9. 90'sNew MemberMember

    My tank is cycled, what type of time frame do I have to get some fish in order to maintain the bb?
    I went to the lfs and they only had one apistogrammas which was labeled “asst” not what I was looking for and their Cory’s they only had one panda so I walked out with nothing.

    Also fish stores in my area use r/o water and none of them remineralize the water, is this typical for a store ?
  10. mbkempWell Known MemberMember

    I’ve not seen a store use straight r/o If they are handling a lot of sensitive wild fish then it makes some sense

    You can always keep feeding ammonia until you are ready to stock

    I would not add Apistogramma or Cory’s to a new tank. They will need more stability
  11. 90'sNew MemberMember

    What fish would you recommend for a tank ? Taking into consideration I will be getting a pistol and Cory’s on the long run ?
  12. 90'sNew MemberMember

    For a new “tank”
  13. Gourami36Well Known MemberMember

    Edit: read something wrong nevermind
  14. mbkempWell Known MemberMember

    Are you going to use any dither fish for the Apistogramma? If so, add them first
  15. 90'sNew MemberMember

    Yea, Do cpd’s make good dither’s?
  16. mbkempWell Known MemberMember

    They could be good as long as they are temp and water comparable with the apisto you chose
  17. Addie42Well Known MemberMember

    you should get a 3 spot gourami !!
    Or other gouramis
  18. 90'sNew MemberMember

    After doing a little research I decided to go with 6 white cloud minnows as a starter/ dither fish some nice looking fish for a buck a piece.
  19. 90'sNew MemberMember

    After doing a little research and due to their hardiness, I decided to go with 6 white cloud minnows as a starter/ dither fish some nice looking hardy fish for a buck a piece.