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Thread: A bit confused.

  1. Default A bit confused.

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    So my birthday is coming up, and it's going to be a big one. Big age= Big presents

    So anyways, I was looking around for some presents (tanks.) And I came into a little confusion.

    First I was looking at this one:

    A nice 40 gallon tank. I of course went into AQadvisor just to see how many fish I could get. (Apparently the dimensions of this tank consider it to be a 40g Breeder? Not really sure.)
    So I found a setup I liked:

    1. Rubber Lip Pleco
    3. Algae Eater
    1. Angelfish
    5. Dwarf Gourami
    12. Cardinal Tetra.

    This totaled to be 99% stocking, with plenty of filter. So I was fine with that.

    Then I found an even better thank (55g) Which had much more stuff that pleased me.

    However when seeing what I could stock in this 55g tank on AQadvisor, I found it was actually LESS than a 40g?
    Using the setup above it reached 110% stocking capacity, whereas the 40g was only 99%.

    Really confused with what's going on. Shouldn't bigger tank= More fish?

    Not sure if there's something I'm missing, or it's a mess up on AQadvisors part?

    Need help, thanks guys!

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    Aquadvisor is only useful for a rough estimate when it comes to numbers of fish. It's famous for not dealing well with other requirments. The second is a bit higher which is nice and it's a lot longer which is better still.

    The combo isn't bad providing you can keep the gourami from getting territorial. Bad choice is the "pleco" which is a riverine species from higher up in the mountains.

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    Depending on the personality of both, the angelfish and the gourami may or may not get along in a 40 gallon.
    What are your "algae eaters" listed second?

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    A dedicated rubber lip pleco tank is still on my "someday" list. is a good read, the spring issue of the UK magazine practical fishkeeping also has an article on them

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    Quote Originally Posted by madagascariensis View Post
    Depending on the personality of both, the angelfish and the gourami may or may not get along in a 40 gallon.
    What are your "algae eaters" listed second?
    Sorry, meant Siamese Algae Eaters.

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    just an additional note: 5 dwarf gourami in ANY size tank are a recipe for disaster. generally speaking, only one DG per tank. they are quibblers and often those quibbles turn into fights which lead to injuries and death. I'd pick you really like and go with it. they are such pretty fish, I understand why you'd want more but trust me - I'm speaking from experience here :o(
    also, you can sure try the angel and the DG together but be prepared for them to badger each other a bit. down the road, you may have to make a choice between which one you want to keep. also a sad situation.
    Congrats on the big birthday and I hope you get your tank!
    30 g FW planted:corys, female ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, rummies,
    15 g FW planted:2 male guppies, neons, pygmy corys, clown pleco, 4 types of shrimp, assassin snails
    90 Gal Journal:
    fishless cycling:
    fish in cycling:

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    ^^ Couldn't agree with above posts more.

    Pick the angel OR the gourami (and just ONE of whichever one you pick). I'd recommend angel, more personable and friendly.

    Also, if you can afford it and have room, a 55g would be much better than a 45/40 breeder. (I still have no idea why they call them 40-breeders).

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    Didn't know Gourami's were "quibblers"

    Thanks for the tip! I'll just end up getting 1 Angel then, cause they are one of the fish that I've wanted from the beginning.

    I'll probably end up getting more Cardinal's and have a big school instead of the Dwarf's.

    Or maybe I'll find another fish that goes well with these. Any suggestions guys?

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