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I am finally ready to start my 40B. I would like to share my experience as well as ask for advice on stocking. Tank Started 2/20/13

Update 5/1/13 (updated pics in last post)

Current Stock

1 Guppies
1 Platy
6 Bleeding Heart Tetras
8 Harlequin Rasboras
1 Pearl Gourami
6 Dwarf Chain Loaches
2 Zebra Loaches
2 GBR (want pair, think I have two females)

Not sure what else as I think I will be well stocked at this point.

Any other suggestion that would work out well are welcome.

Thanks for any advice.

The fish that I do not already have will be added slowly.

I instant cycled the tank using lots of gravel, bio-media, carbon bag, and a decoration from my 20 gallon long.[
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I cant believe that a $40 initial price for a tank turned into a $400 total cost to get this thing running. I went overkill on some of the equipment either due to good sales or more likely to have everything I need to get a 75 eventually.



The tank was started on 2/20/13.
Thanks for any advice.
 

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Here is an updated picture taken a couple days ago. Almost done with the initial aquascaping. Just need driftwood, a couple more rocks and some more plants.


The tank is over a week old now and has stable water readings after 5 tests. 0-.25 Ammonia, 0-Nitrite, 5-10 Nitrate. The Ammonia readings didn't change really at all after a 25% water change last night but I am not sure if this a just a reading the color issue or there is a small amount of Ammonia.
 

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Looks great! Thanks for the write up of all you put into tank.This will help sooooo many people understand that there is more to tanks than aquarium and water.You bought good stuff;Prime,Aqueon tank,aqueon pro heater and the fuge ray lights,I know you won't be disapointed.
I'd guess the angel can fit in with what you listed so far.
Excellent right up!THANKS!
 

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Looks great! Thanks for the write up of all you put into tank.This will help sooooo many people understand that there is more to tanks than aquarium and water.You bought good stuff;Prime,Aqueon tank,aqueon pro heater and the fuge ray lights,I know you won't be disapointed.
I'd guess the angel can fit in with what you listed so far.
Excellent right up!THANKS!
I live on a tight budget so I have to be frugal with my dollars. That doesn't mean I don't don't want good value for what I get and i think I did well with coupons and look alternatives to LFS or Big store name brands.

It was night and day cost wise between my 20 and 40. The 20 I already had the tank, gravel, heater, light, and lid in storage. All I really needed to get that tank going was the HOB Aquaclear 30 I bought and some of the small items and chemicals. Then just the fish and plants.
 

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For me, this looks a bit crowded with too many rocks/ornaments. Not sure where you would even put more rocks, let alone driftwood. And I'm not sure what those pointy branches are - are they hanging down from the top somehow or am I just catching a reflection of something else? Just trying to see a full grown angel trying to make his way through everything. If he was startled, could those branches hurt him? I always worry about sharp things.

I love lots of plants, so maybe adding a lot more will help to soften this up a bit.
 

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SueD;218371 And I'm not sure what those pointy branches are - are they hanging down from the top somehow or am I just catching a reflection of something else? Just trying to see a full grown angel trying to make his way through everything. If he was startled said:
I'm guessing they're his background(picture on outside of tank).And believing they're real would be the best flattery possible.I thought they were real at first glance too.
 

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For me, this looks a bit crowded with too many rocks/ornaments. Not sure where you would even put more rocks, let alone driftwood. And I'm not sure what those pointy branches are - are they hanging down from the top somehow or am I just catching a reflection of something else? Just trying to see a full grown angel trying to make his way through everything. If he was startled, could those branches hurt him? I always worry about sharp things.

I love lots of plants, so maybe adding a lot more will help to soften this up a bit.
The branches are just background. Even the driftwood I am getting wont reach the top. There will be plenty of swimming space in the center of the tank over the "river" area and the upper water layer. It is a lot more spacious then it looks. My 20 seems a lot more crowded with less in it because it is only 12 inches wide compared to 40 Breeder which are 18 inches wide.

My last big rock I just bought today is long and thin but still only goes about 3/5 of the way up.
 

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I'm guessing they're his background(picture on outside of tank).And believing they're real would be the best flattery possible.I thought they were real at first glance too.
Learned the trick of using Vaseline to adhere it to the back it works great.

I am flattered by how well others think it looks. I think my Finnex FugeRay LED are great to and makes everything pop in the tank. Oh yeah and that I have Canon Rebel (gifted because those things are way out my price range) doing the work for me on the photo side of things
 

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Quit bragging about your awesome 40g breeder and its sweet sweet footprint :)
definatly put some corys in there thats what breeder tanks are made for!
 
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LOVE your aqua scape. The river rock under the bridge is cool. And, there's so much contrast with the granite and black substrate. yourlighting is great too. Thanks so much for sharing your set up and pics. Can't wait to see who you add next.
 
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Very nice setup, Troy! Isn't it great when a picture in your mind becomes reality? Especially when you build something our beloved little friends will enjoy. Nice work!
 
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Update,

I have completed the schools of Bleeding Hearts (6) and Harlequin Rasboras (8) and added one of my favorite fishes Pearl Gourami. After my next Payday I will be getting my pair of GBRs. They are on sale right now at Petsmart for $2.50.

Only had one casualty of the new fish added and the rest are doing great. Harlequins have gained a lot of color. The Bleeding Hearts are out and about more. Feeding time is exciting

Have added a few more different types of plants. As soon as I get some root tabs I want to get an amazon sword and a couple of rooted plants. All plants are doing great.

Here are some pics. The closeup fish pics did not come out well. So I will try again.





 

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Also love the Pearl Gouramis !! Would add them to my tank if I didn't think my Danios would drive them nuts and cause too much stress.
 

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All gouramis are tougher than most think. his size alone says he is king of the tank,not to mention their generall disposition.
CAM;Your danios unless over 4" could not even phase most gouramis(think about a pair of pearls? The roselines will keep them inline(not being king)).The roselines are to fast and will "outsize "them.I've had pearls(my favorite gourami{even bred them}) and they were no trouble as long as they aren't the largest fish.
To me they are the "champaigne " of gouramis.
 

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All gouramis are tougher than most think. his size alone says he is king of the tank,not to mention their generall disposition.
CAM;Your danios unless over 4" could not even phase most gouramis(think about a pair of pearls? The roselines will keep them inline(not being king)).The roselines are to fast and will "outsize "them.I've had pearls(my favorite gourami{even bred them}) and they were no trouble as long as they aren't the largest fish.
To me they are the "champaigne " of gouramis.
Mine will be a singleton because I plan already to get a Gbr pair and two couples competing for space in a 40 I thought not such a good idea. The harlequin quickly get out of the way. The fish he seems to pick on the most is the orange tuxedo guppy. If it become too much I will rehome the guppy to my 20 long. They are really pretty.
 
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