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post #1 of 4 Old 03-18-2017, 07:03 AM Thread Starter
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New Aquarium!! Input?

Hi guys!!

I'm pretty new to the hobby, and I'm getting a new tank, so I figured I'd ask for some feedback on here. It's pretty large (160L/40G or so) for my standards, too. However, it's an unusual shape: it's a hexagon with a 53cm diameter and 62 cm height (I'll attach a pic just to be clear). Anyways, to get to the point, I've been thinking about what to put in it, and someone directed me to a website called aqadvisor. After trying out a bunch of combinations, I ended up with the following:

- 10 (or so) neon tetra (these already come with the tank when I'm gonna pick it up on wednesday)
- 7 otocinclus catfish
- 3 honey gourami (I read you should keep at least a 1:2 male to female ratio)
- a bunch of red cherry shrimp
- and perhaps some snails (but not sure about this yet)

What do you guys think? Would this be suitable?

Second, I've been thinking about the aquascape, and as I'm still quite new to this all, it didn't seem wise to me to start out with "hard-to-keep" plants. And also, with the fact that the tank is pretty tall (more so than wide), it seemed best to me to get some plants that do well even with low to medium lighting, or am I wrong? I've been thinking about S. repens or dwarf sag for a carpeting plant, cause after reading about those they didn't seem too hard to keep, but I'm open for any suggestion. Also, I'm looking for suggestions for plants to place in the background or inbetween roots/rocks. As you can perhaps imagine, when you're new to all this, finding the right plant sometimes feels like finding a needle in a haystack...

I'm looking forward to you guys' reponses Thanks in advance for all the help!
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post #2 of 4 Old 03-20-2017, 06:38 AM
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New Aquarium!! Input?

Hey sorry I don't have a lot of time right now to respond, but I had a 30 gallon hex for a while and stocking was definitely somewhat of a challenge. Gotta ignore the volume and just look at the surface area - small fish are the way to go.

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post #3 of 4 Old 03-20-2017, 07:42 AM
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I agree with Jay it comes down to surface area, the more you have the more fish you can keep.

The stocking looks good for the most part, I can't speak to the Honey gourami never keep those. They are one of the smaller gourami right? And you need to make sure you get females, most of the big pet stores only have males so you can't put 3 males together. The normal gourami aren't as aggressive but give 3-4" easy and might eat your neon.

I will also add make sure you look over the neon very good, and ask about the warranty on them. Petco does 30 days and Petsmart is 14 days in my area, I say this because 3 weeks ago I bought 14 when they went on sale and 13 died in a few days.

Welcome to the group and feel free to ask more questions.

You can follow Old Fort Exotics on You Tube and on my Fish room thread.

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post #4 of 4 Old 03-20-2017, 11:50 AM
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Welcome, I am new to the hobby as well, and I love your stocking idea, I just recently purchased an aquarium too, good luck, and I look forward to seeing your progress.
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