What Fish For A 40 Gallon?

  1. ap4lmtree

    ap4lmtree Member Member

    I am going to get a extra 40 gallon, and i am wondering if i could keep an oscar or jack dempsey or what.

    I would like a personable and smart fish like an oscar, but 40 gallons is too small i guess.

  2. Adrian Burke

    Adrian Burke Member Member

    Flowerhorns are very personable fish, and can be kept in a 40gal somewhat comfortably, but flowerhorns do not do well with decorations, plants, or aquascaping.
  3. OP

    ap4lmtree Member Member

    people say oscars need a 55 gallon, but i was thinking that 40 gallon breeder has a bigger footprint, i was wondering if that mattered
  4. Adrian Burke

    Adrian Burke Member Member

    It’s not as much about the footprint as oscars just need a lot of space. They’re big fish.
  5. OP

    ap4lmtree Member Member

    Okay, well if i wanted just chichlid(s) then, what would be a smart and personable one for a 40 gallon?
  6. RonJ

    RonJ Well Known Member Member

    A Shortbody Flowerhorn
    A Green Terror
    One pair 0f Blood Parrots
    A Parachromis Loisellei
    A Pair of Pink Convicts(Not so personable) but you can see interesting breeding behavior
    A Jack Dempsey
    A Pair of blue acars

    All these fishes actually have become personable to me. Except the Convicts(they always lived in their world). But flowerhorn really wins by a hugeee... margin.