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well as the title implies im trying to stock a 40g tall tank. trying for some SA dwarves and such since i have lots of wood and other stuff. thinking maybe apictograma's but not sure as i cant get that many. im really trying to get a large number of fish in here as i plan on getting 100$ + of live plants for this tank alone also going with a sandy substrate so really im looking for anybodies input on 40g in general and the amount of different species i could possibly put in there (trying for dwarf SA / CA ) thanks for ur help
 

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G'day AnThRaXx,

What are the dimensions of the tank?

SA cichlids are not like African cichlids, where people often over stock to spread aggression. With SA cichlids, if you over stock, most of the time you end up with battered and/or dead fish.

Many SA cichlids also show more aggression towards others of the same species, than they will towards other cichlid species, this is called Conspecific Aggression. There are different degrees to this aggression.

With Apistogrammas most aggression occurs over teritory. Females argueing over breeding sites, usually small caves, and males argueing over larger territories that will have many smaller female territories with in them.

Without knowing the specific dimensions of your tank, I would suggest starting out with a pair or a trio, one male & two females.

Some of the easier apistogramma species to start with are A. agassizii, A. borellii, and A. cacatuoides. Personally I like agassizii's the best, either red gold or double red morphs, however the most commonly kept apistos are cacatuoides, usually orange or red flash.

Then you could look at tank mates. I wouldn't suggest any other cichlids in your tank. But you could look at one or two schools of tetras as dithers, some dwarf or pygmy corydoas as a clean up crew and otocinclus catfish for algea control.
 

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Depending on tank dimensions I expect 5 Bolivians would be OK. You can add a nice school of 12 tetras as well and one or 2 small pleco's or loricarids or 5 oto's and you will be already at the limits of tank stock. So be careful not to overstock the tank!
 

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Hey Dutch Dude, it's a 40 gallon tall tank, are you sure about 5 bolivians? I'm thinking the tank possibly has the same dimensions as a 29 gallon tank, just with extra hieght.
 

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ya it does have the same dimensions.. it is just a 30gallon tall tank :p did the math lol
well to say the least i was dissappointed but thx for the input :)
 
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