What Should I Stock This With? 40 Gallon Tank

  1. FearlessDreamer

    FearlessDreamer Member Member

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    So I have a 40 gallon long fish tank that is currently stocked with juvenile comets, but they’re at the point now that they’re bigger to head out to the pond. Which leaves me with an empty tank. This tank has two filters, one up to 40 gallon and one up to 70 gallon, so I’d say it’s pretty well filtered. I do 50% water changes once a week, occasionally twice. Im wondering what I’m looking out for stock options after the comets are removed, in regards to type, and how many.
    Ps I’m aware that my filter’s not supposed to be fully emerged it fell and I moved it after this picture.
     




  2. maggie thecat

    maggie thecat Well Known Member Member

    A wacking big shoal of tiger barbs?

    A paludarium with a mud puppy or crabs?

    What do you love to look at?
     




  3. OP
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    FearlessDreamer

    FearlessDreamer Member Member

    I love schools of fish personally, but that’s all I’ve ever done too so I guess I’m biased.
     




  4. OP
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    FearlessDreamer

    FearlessDreamer Member Member

    I love schools of fish personally, but that’s all I’ve ever done too so I guess I’m biased.
     
  5. maggie thecat

    maggie thecat Well Known Member Member

    My 40 breeder has different types of cory on the bottom plus a pair of dojo loaches. The mid and top has tetras. So, I get you. I meant to branch into cichlids when my goldies left my 65, but I ended up with firebelly toads instead.
     
  6. 75g Discus Tank

    75g Discus Tank Fishlore VIP Member

    If you want schooling fish, I recommend cardinal tetras in a heavily planted tank.
     
  7. Cheesearmada

    Cheesearmada Member Member

    Here's what I would do
    1 Dwarf Gourami
    6 Corydoras Catfish (of your choice)
    6 Zebra Danios (They are very active and super fun to watch)
    Tetras of some sort, depending on what your LFS carries
     
  8. 75g Discus Tank

    75g Discus Tank Fishlore VIP Member

    If the OP wants cories, they would need to switch to a safer substrate like sand.
     
  9. Sarah73

    Sarah73 Fishlore VIP Member

    Thin gravel is actually fine. Just gotta clean the gravel more.
     
  10. 75g Discus Tank

    75g Discus Tank Fishlore VIP Member

    Oops I had a mindfart!

    My bad.

    Just make sure that the gravel isn't sharp.
     
  11. OP
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    FearlessDreamer

    FearlessDreamer Member Member

    I wouldn’t mind switching to sand, not at all, or planting the tank, planning to remodel anyway once the Goldies are gone. I’m just interested in what fish I should add, I wouldn’t even mind buying fish offline if I need too. I plan on probably doing a Betta as a center piece fish or maybe a male and female dwarf gourami.
     
  12. 75g Discus Tank

    75g Discus Tank Fishlore VIP Member

    please delete
     
  13. Lynn78too

    Lynn78too Well Known Member Member

    I was going to say do a betta sorority.

    If you get a betta as a centerpiece, be sure it's the last fish you add. Also be prepared to have a different spot for him in case he's aggressive or make sure you can return him to the store.
     
  14. OP
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    FearlessDreamer

    FearlessDreamer Member Member

    I have three Betta tanks right now, I wouldn’t mind one more or splitting down one of the tens if something doesn’t work out :). I just love bettas a lot.
     
  15. emmysjj

    emmysjj Well Known Member Member

    I second betta sorority!