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post #1 of 14 Old 01-24-2013, 03:10 PM Thread Starter
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Centerpiece fish suggestions for new 40g breeder. Please and thank you!

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I'm starting a new tank. I bought a 40g breeder last summer during one of Petco's $1 gallon sales. I'm getting ready to start setting it up. I'm definately going to have a school of Rummy's, a school of Blue Emperor Tetras and a school of Pygmy Cory. I would love to hear some suggestions for a larger centerpiece fish. Also how many each of the Tetras/Cory's. The tank will have a dark substrate, driftwood, rocks and lots of plants. My water is soft. Thank you....Kathy
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post #2 of 14 Old 01-26-2013, 07:53 AM
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Hi!,

I'm starting a new tank. I bought a 40g breeder last summer during one of Petco's $1 gallon sales. I'm getting ready to start setting it up. I'm definately going to have a school of Rummy's, a school of Blue Emperor Tetras and a school of Pygmy Cory. I would love to hear some suggestions for a larger centerpiece fish. Also how many each of the Tetras/Cory's. The tank will have a dark substrate, driftwood, rocks and lots of plants. My water is soft. Thank you....Kathy
20-30 of each tetra would be a good amount as we all expect when buying so many we will loose a small %

centerpiece is not so straight forward instead of one large one how about having a clean up crew to make your work easier and looking intresting

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golden weather loach (A.K.A golden dojo loach)
these are quite cute things and are quite active and VERY intresting all most always feeding on the bottom so less gravel vac's for you to do

(these can grow to 8.5 inch's)6 - 7.5" is more the norm)

also you could concider a few golden apple snail's these to are very intresting

a plec of some kind would compleat the cleaning crew but i would advise strongly that you do your reasearch and get one that grows no more than 10" this is presuming your tank is 4FT
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I wouldn't do 20-30 personally...Maybe 10 of each on the Rummies/Tetras, and 15 or so of the pygmy corys since they're so small. For a centerpiece you could look into gourami...Pearl, Honey, or Dwarf could work. I would just research the tetras, I'm not familiar with that exact species but I have heard most tetras are nippers.
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I believe the 40 gal breeder is one of the best tanks!! I have one and the fish that is the most striking is a clown loach that is now about 5". Good luck- great deal you got on the tank!!
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Just one clown loach? Needs a group.
40 gallon breeder? Needs like a 6 foot tank.
Doing Damage. Need to say.

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I have had the loach since very small (probably 7 or 8 years ago)l, and it appears quite happy. I know about schooling, but no way my tank could handle it. Needless to say, I read about its needs after I got it. I appreciate your concern for him, though!
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post #7 of 14 Old 01-26-2013, 07:09 PM Thread Starter
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After talking to my go-to-guy at my LFS, I've decided to to go with a male Pearl Guarami. I don't like Loaches or Plecos so I'm going with Cories and maybe some Panda Garras. It's going to be a couple of months before I get this tank rockin' and rollin. Right now I've been searching for the perfect piece of driftwood. This tank will be on display in the kitchen/dining room so it's got to be spectacular!

Does anyone have Blue Emperor Tetras and are they as peaceful as the Rummy's? Thank you all for your contributions!

Maddyotto....I'm going with Assassin Snails, I love them! I love Apple snails too but they like to eat my plants. Kathy
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If I could give you any advice at all, it would be NOT to get a pleco. There are other better alternatives. I got, at my LFS's advice, a bristlenose cat which will stay small. He's doing wonderfully in the 40 breeder. I bought a pleco 8 or 9 years ago, and he hasn't gotten really big (maybe 6" or so) but if you go into a lot of fish stores there are HUGE plecos that people have given up because of the pleco outgrowing their tanks. My avatar is a photo of "Karl Katfish".

And, IMHO, you'll never go wrong with cories. The cute little guys sit on the bottom and wink at you. I had one (from WalMart no less) that lived nearly 9 years. I was successful at breeding some cories as well. You'll love 'em! And yes, I have a school of them...
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I wouldn't do 20-30 personally...Maybe 10 of each on the Rummies/Tetras, and 15 or so of the pygmy corys since they're so small. For a centerpiece you could look into gourami...Pearl, Honey, or Dwarf could work. I would just research the tetras, I'm not familiar with that exact species but I have heard most tetras are nippers.
if you got 10 say 8 survive maybe 9 this is way too small a group for a tank of 40 gal volume

what is the size of the tank is it a 4ft tank or a tall 3ft ?

maybe some glass cats if it is a 4ft ?

take a look here
http://www.aquaticstoyourdoor.co.uk/...ror-Tetra.html

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post #10 of 14 Old 02-02-2013, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
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What else do I need? 40g Breeder

I have a 40g Breeder that I plan on setting up in the next few months. This is what I've pretty much decided on for fish:

1 male Pearl Guarami
10-15 Rummynose
10-15 Blue Emperor Tetras
10 Pygmy Cory's
2 or 3 Assasin Snails
3 or 4 Panda Garras

I do have a couple of questions. Are the Rummy's and Emperors to fast moving for the Guarami? I've never had Blue Emperors, are they aggressive or nippers? Thank You all! Kathy

Edit: I came across this post and noticed it was on the same topic, so I merged it into this existing thread. Byron.

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