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11-28-2013, 03:29 AM #11
Yes, I've pretty much ruled out the 2 plecos. I'm definitely gonna do the one though. I'm pretty committed and consistent to water changes and cleaning my aquarium. When my guppies started breeding, I basically gave up on trying to keep it clean because there was so many fish it just got dirty far too quickly. School and work is all I've got on my plate so I can make time pretty easy. I like to have and active and filled aquarium with fish on each level. Not overly full, but that fine line between overstocked and stocked.Planted 37 gallon, Low tech, with Cherry Barbs, Cardinal tetras, and red cherry shrimp.
12-06-2013, 05:02 PM #12
Ok, so me and my mom were at Petsmart last night and after some brainstorming, planning, and looking at prices, we've decided that sometime after Christmas I'm going to upgrade to a 37 or 40 gallon. I feel like a 20 is that place in between where you can't put bigger fish in there but the smaller fish look dainty and the tank looks empty. So, since I already have the Ram and the Cardinals, and going to get the pleco soon, (maybe 2 since I would have the bigger tank) Does the addition of a couple/few Boesemani Rainbows sound good to anyone? I've also considered a pair of Anglefish as the addition. As far as their water temperatures and ph levels they are compatible. I'm not sure about behavior though.
12-06-2013, 06:51 PM #13
If you have room, get a 40 breeder. It has a larger footprint and will give you way more stocking options than the 37 gal.My 75 gal Journal & My Dual 29 gal Journal
75 gal - Smudge Spot Cories, Pristella Tetras, Scissortail & Red Tail Rasboras, Zebra Danios, Wild Caught BNP
29 gals - Left Tank - Diamond Tetras. Right Tank - Harlequin Rasboras, Peacock Gudgeons
Future 40 Long - Fiery Black Shiners, Panda Garra
"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass....it's about learning to dance in the rain"
12-07-2013, 01:44 AM #14
The only reason I'm doing a 37 instead of a 40, is because I can't find a 40 gallon starter kit, and I much prefer getting a starter kit instead of buying everything separate. My stand is 38"w by 18"d I would like to have atleast a one inch space on each side. The 37 gallon is 30"w by 12"d and 22"h. Compared to my 20 gallon that seems pretty big. Is 3 gallons really going to make that much of a difference when it comes to stocking?
12-07-2013, 04:13 PM #15
It's not the 3 gallons that matter in this case for stocking, it's the footprint of the tank. 38" X 18" is a lot more room than 30" X 12". The extra gallons in the 37 are in the height, but your fish need the room horizontally, not vertically. If you are planting, you'll also appreciate the 16" height of the 40 breeder as opposed to the 22" of the 37 gal.
One other thing to keep in mind, often the filters that come with kits are not really adequate in size. Especially if you are one to push the stocking a bit, as I do, you will want to replace a kit's filter with a larger one anyway. If you can, look to buy the component parts instead. May be a little more expensive to begin with, but if you do it right you won't be wanting to upgrade filters, lights, etc., later.
Last edited by SueD; 12-07-2013 at 04:18 PM.
12-07-2013, 06:51 PM #16
I'm going to have to stick with the 37 gallon. The width of my stand is 18 1/2 inches so the 40 would be on the edge and I'm really not comfortable with that. If I did angelfish would the height be more beneficial than the bigger footprint.Planted 37 gallon, Low tech, with Cherry Barbs, Cardinal tetras, and red cherry shrimp.