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Cookie Cutter Setup for 40-gallons (long)
(48x13x16 in / 122x33x41 cm)
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40 gallon aquariums are excellent for beginners. The reason for this is two-fold. Many of the species and combinations suited for this size are forgiving and can tolerate a learning, yet eager caretaker. Secondly, the size is small enough that maintenance is not overwhelming but large enough to ensure considerable stability.

The following combinations are many and varied; therefore, it does not make sense to comment categorically here on substrate or decorations. Please research each setup's specific requirements. Items to consider are diet, substrate, plants, rocks, and caves. A reliable heater, preferably 150W, is always an important consideration.

There are many methods for filtering a 40 gallon aquarium adequately. Some recommended filters are: AquaClear 500, Filstar XP2, Fluval 204, Emperor 400, Eheim Ecco 2233, or H.O.T. Magnum 250. All of these methods would benefit from an airstone.
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Angelfish Aquarium


Pterophyllum scalare - 1 pair
Rasbora heteromorpha "Harlequin" - 8
Carnegiella strigata "Marbled Hatchet" - 6
Botia macracanthus "Clown Loach" - 2



Tanganyika Mini-Community



Tanganyikan Sand-Sifter Setup:

Xenotilapia papilio or flavipinnis - 6
Paracyprichromis brieni or nigripinnis - 8
Altolamprologus calvus or compressiceps pair
Phyllonemus typus - 4



Altolamprologus calvus or compressiceps pair
Neolamprologus buescheri pair
Shell dweller pair of choice - 'Lamprologus' (Shellies)
brevis, multifasciatus (group), meleagris, ornatipinnis,
ocellatus, speciosus, similis (group), Neolamprologus signatus



Victoria & Malawi Combo


Astatotilapia latifasciata - trio
Pseudotropheus saulosi - 7
Ancistrus temminckii "Bristlenose Pleco" - 2



Pundamilia nyererei - 5
Labidochromis caeruleus - 5
Ancistrus temminckii "Bristlenose Pleco" - 2



Lake Malawi Aquarium


Pseudotropheus socofoli - 5
Metriaclima estherae - 5
Ancistrus temminckii "Bristlenose Pleco" - 2



Metriaclimasp. "Msobo" - 5
Cynotilapia afra - 5
Ancistrus temminckii "Bristlenose Pleco" - 2



Placidochromis electra - 4
Copadichromis azureus - 4
Synodontis nyassae - 2



Mixed New World Aquarium


Thorichthys callolepis - 4
Aequidens pulcher - 2
Capoeta tetrazona "Tiger barb" - 6
Ancistrus temminckii "Bristlenose Pleco" - 2



Central American Aquarium


Archocentrus centrarchus - 1 pair
Hemmigramus caudovittatus "B.A. Tetra" - 6
Ancistrus temminckii "Bristlenose Pleco" - 2



South American Pike Setup


Crenicichla regani - 2 pair
Hemigrammus pulcher "Garnet Tetra" - 10-12
Brochis multiradiatus "Hognose Catfish" - 5-7
Ancistrus temminckii "Bristlenose Pleco" - 1



South American Earth Eater Setup


Guinacara geayi - 1 pair
Hemmigramus caudovittatus "B.A. Tetra" - 6
Ancistrus temminckii "Bristlenose Pleco" - 2



Gymnogeophagus australis - 2 pair
Hyphessobrycon pyrrhanatus "Red-Back Tetra" - 6-8
Ancistrus temminckii "Bristlenose Pleco" - 1



Gymnogeophagus rhabdotus - trio
Gymnocorymbus ternetzi "Black Skirt Tetra" - 8-10
Ancistrus temminckii "Bristlenose Pleco" - 2



Gymogeophagus meridionalis - trio
Hyphessobrycon erythrostigma "Bleeding Heart Tetra" - 8-10
Chaestostoma milesi "Rubbernose Pleco" - 2



Asian Aquarium


Etroplus maculatus - 6
Telmatherina ladigesi "Celebes Rainbow" - 6-8
Brachygobius sp. "Bumblebee Goby" - 2



West Africa Aquarium


Pelvicachromis taeniatus - 1 pair
Nanochromis transvestitus - 1 pair
Synodontis nigriventris - 6

 
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