11-18-2013, 02:31 AM
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Originally Posted by cyoung99
I have an empty 38 gallon tank and I was wondering what to stock it with. I want to do a planted tropical freshwater aquarium. I have a penguin bio wheel 200 filter and a standard heater. What are your suggestions on stocking?
Well first off welcome to TFK!
That is entirely up to you.. What do you like?? Predatory, Community? There are always some factors when considering stocking a tank like the size of the fish and the growth rate.. 38g is a nice starter tank for sure, but can limit you if you are looking for certain fish that although they are small enough now they could outgrow the tank.. Also some other factors that may narrow your search is what kind of water is coming out of your tap. I would strongly suggest getting a test kit and testing the tap water for PH, GH, and KH (as well as Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate for the tank water after cycling has occurred).. different FW fish prefer different levels of PH and Hardness and its easier to match your fish to your water supply than to match your water to your fish etc.. is this your first tank? I'm sure if you stick around here and read up on different species of fish and threads you will get a few different ideas.. Hope the helps a little!!