Stocking ideas for 29-38 gallons fishtank

Aquarium stocking examples: What fish for 29-38 gallon tank?

We have already shown you how to set up a fishtank in our large guide. In the next step you should think about a harmonious stocking ideas for your aquarium. The 29, 30 and 38 gallon aquarium already offers enough space to make interesting stockings and ornamental fish combinations become reality. Thanks to a tank edge to edge length of at least 30 inches and a height of 15 inches, the fish already have plenty of swimming space. Furthermore, 29-38 gallons fishtanks are very suitable for beginners. In contrast to the somewhat smaller 15-20 gallons fishtanks, they will forgive relatively more mistakes made by beginners, which are quickly caused by incorrect fertilisation or carelessness in the care of the fishtank. But it is above all the fish stock that causes the most mistakes. In the following article we show you what fish you can keep in your 29-38 gallons fishtank, with many stocking ideas.

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What fish can be kept in a 29 gallons - 38 gallons fishtank?

Aquariums between 29 gallons and 38 gallons can already be equipped with many different ornamental fish. Generally the following popular aquarium inhabitants will feel very comfortable in a basin with an edge length of 30-36 inches:

  • Red Neon tetra or Cardinal Tetra and other small tetra species
  • Dwarf Cichlids, such as Angel Ram cichlids (Microgeophagus ramirezi) or Apistogramma Borelli opal (Umbrella cichlids)
  • Rasbora such as Harlequin Rasboras
  • Dwarf Gourami species, like three spot gourami or pearl gourami
  • Guppies, Platies and Mollies
  • Neon rainbowfish (Melanotaenia praecox)
  • Catfish species
  • and many more fish that we show you in the following article

South America stocking ideas for the 29-38 gallons fishtank

South America: Dwarf cichlids

The Eyecatcher: 1 par (m/f) of

  • Ram cichlid (Mikrogeophagus ramirezi) or
  • Blue Ram cichlid (") or

The swarm: 12-20 animals of one tetra species - depending on their size and the structure (swimming space) of your tank. The following species fit particularly well in a  29-38 gallons fishtank because they are peaceful and small:

  • Cardinal Tetra (Paracheirodon axelrodi) or
  • Ember Tetra (Hyphessobrycon amandae) or
  • Rosy Tetra (Hyphessobrycon rosaceus) or
  • Flame Tetra (Hyphessobrycon flammeus) or
  • Glowlight Tetra (Hemigrammus erythrozonus) or
  • Serpae tetra (Hyphessobrycon eques) or
  • Rosy tetra (Hyphessobrycon rosaceus) or
  • Emperor tetra (Nematobrycon palmeri) or

On the ground: 8-12 corydoras catfish. These are available in many different variations and are therefore suitable for almost all aquarium equipment. Below is a small selection of the varieties:

  • Panda Corydoras Catfish
  • Albino Corydoras Catfish
  • Skunk Corydoras Catfish
  • and many more.

South America: apistogramma fishtank

The Eyecatcher: 1 pair (m/f) of

  • yellow dwarf cichlid (Apistogramma borellii) or
  • Apistogramma Borelli opal (Umbrella cichlids)

The swarm: 12-20 animals of one tetra species - depending on their size and the structure (swimming space) of your tank. The following species fit particularly well in a  29-38 gallons fishtank because they are peaceful and small:

  • Cardinal Tetra (Paracheirodon axelrodi) or
  • Ember Tetra (Hyphessobrycon amandae) or
  • Rosy Tetra (Hyphessobrycon rosaceus) or
  • Flame Tetra (Hyphessobrycon flammeus) or
  • Glowlight Tetra (Hemigrammus erythrozonus) or
  • Serpae tetra (Hyphessobrycon eques) or
  • Rosy tetra (Hyphessobrycon rosaceus) or
  • Emperor tetra (Nematobrycon palmeri) or

On the ground: 8-12 corydoras catfish. These are available in many different variations and are therefore suitable for almost all aquarium equipment. Below is a small selection of the varieties:

  • Panda Corydoras Catfish
  • Albino Corydoras Catfish
  • Skunk Corydoras Catfish
  • and many more.

South America: Mollies

The Eycatcher: 2m - 3f. The variations can also be mixed with each other.

  • Black Molly (Poecilia sphenops var. Black) or
  • Dalmatiner-Molly (Poecilia sphenops var. Dalmatiner) or
  • Silver-Molly (Poecilia sphenops var. Silber)

The swarm: 8-12 animals of one tetra species. The following species fit particularly well in a 29-38 gallons fishtank, because they are peaceful and rather small:

  • Rosy Tetra (Hyphessobrycon rosaceus) or
  • Flame Tetra (Hyphessobrycon flammeus) or
  • Black phantom tetra (Hyphessobrycon megalopterus) or
  • Red phantom tetra (Hyphessobrycon sweglesi) or
  • Ornate tetra (Hyphessobrycon bentosi)

On the ground: 8-12 corydoras catfish. These are available in many different variations and are therefore suitable for almost all aquarium equipment. Below is a small selection of the varieties:

  • Panda Corydoras Catfish
  • Albino Corydoras Catfish
  • Skunk Corydoras Catfish
  • and many more.

South America: Guppies

The Eyecatcher: 3m+6f

  • Endler Guppies (Poecilia wingei) or
  • Flamingo Guppy (Poecilia reticulata var. Flamingo) or
  • Guppy (Poecilia reticulata)

Additional Stocking: 10-15 tetras of one of the following species

  • Cardinal Tetra (Paracheirodon axelrodi) or
  • Ember Tetra (Hyphessobrycon amandae) or
  • Rosy Tetra (Hyphessobrycon rosaceus) or
  • Flame Tetra (Hyphessobrycon flammeus) or
  • Glowlight Tetra (Hemigrammus erythrozonus)

On the ground: 8-12 corydoras catfish. These are available in many different variations and are therefore suitable for almost all aquarium equipment. Below is a small selection of the varieties:

  • Panda Corydoras Catfish
  • Albino Corydoras Catfish
  • Skunk Corydoras Catfish
  • and many more.

Asia stocking ideas for the 29-38 gallons fishtank:

Southeast Asia: Paradise Fish

The Eyecatcher: 1 pair (m/f) of 

  • Paradise fish (Macropodus opercularis)

The swarm: 12-20 animals of one of the following species of Rasboras

  • Lambchop rasbora (Trigonostigma espei) or
  • Glowlight rasbora (Trigonostigma hengeli) or
  • Harlequin rasbora (Trigonostigma heteromorpha) or
  • Least rasbora (Boraras urophthalmoides) or
  • Dwarf rasbora (Boraras maculatus)
  • Boraras brigittae (Boraras brigittae) or
  • Boraras merah (Boraras merah) or
  • Red Dwarf rasbora (Microrasbora rubescens)

On the ground: 15-20 invertebrates such as

  • Red Fire shrimp (Neocaridina davidi var. Red) or
  • Tiger shrimp (Caridina sp.'Tiger') or
  • Cherry shrimp (Neocaridina davidi) or
  • the classic Amano shrimp (Caridina multidentata)

Southeast Asia: Dwarf gouramis

Der Eyecatcher: 1 pair (m/f) of dwarf gouramis, such as

  • Dwarf Gourami (Trichogaster lalius) or
  • Red Dwarf Gourami (Trichogaster lalius var. red) or
  • Honey Gourami (Trichogaster chuna)

The swarm: 12-20 animals of one of the following species of Rasboras

  • Lambchop rasbora (Trigonostigma espei) or
  • Glowlight rasbora (Trigonostigma hengeli) or
  • Harlequin rasbora (Trigonostigma heteromorpha) or
  • Least rasbora (Boraras urophthalmoides) or
  • Dwarf rasbora (Boraras maculatus)
  • Boraras brigittae (Boraras brigittae) or
  • Boraras merah (Boraras merah) or
  • Red Dwarf rasbora (Microrasbora rubescens)

On the ground: 15-20 invertebrates such as

  • Red Fire shrimp (Neocaridina davidi var. Red) or
  • Tiger shrimp (Caridina sp.'Tiger') or
  • Cherry shrimp (Neocaridina davidi) or
  • the classic Amano shrimp (Caridina multidentata)

Southeast Asia: Scarlet badis (Dario Dario)

The Eyecatcher: 6-8x Scarlet badis Dario (Dario Dario)

Additional Stocking: suitable for socialization are 1-2 pair of peaceful gourami-fish, e.g.

  • Dwarf Gourami (Trichogaster lalius) or
  • Red Dwarf Gourami (Trichogaster lalius var. red) or
  • Honey Gourami (Trichogaster chuna) or
  • Sparkling gourami (Trichopsis pumila)

Southeast Asia: peaceful betta

The Eyecatcher: 1m -1w peaceful betta or crescent betta(Betta imbellis)

The swarm: 12-20 animals of one of the following species of Rasboras

  • Lambchop rasbora (Trigonostigma espei) or
  • Glowlight rasbora (Trigonostigma hengeli) or
  • Harlequin rasbora (Trigonostigma heteromorpha) or
  • Least rasbora (Boraras urophthalmoides) or
  • Dwarf rasbora (Boraras maculatus)
  • Boraras brigittae (Boraras brigittae) or
  • Boraras merah (Boraras merah) or
  • Red Dwarf rasbora (Microrasbora rubescens)

On the ground: 15-20 invertebrates such as

  • Red Fire shrimp (Neocaridina davidi var. Red) or
  • Tiger shrimp (Caridina sp.'Tiger') or
  • Cherry shrimp (Neocaridina davidi) or
  • the classic Amano shrimp (Caridina multidentata)

Copmmunity fishtank stocking ideas for the 29-38 gallons aquarium

Community fishtank: the Molly aquarium

The Eycatcher: 2m - 4f. The variations can also be mixed with each other.

  • Black Molly (Poecilia sphenops var. Black) or
  • Dalmatiner-Molly (Poecilia sphenops var. Dalmatiner) or
  • Silver-Molly (Poecilia sphenops var. Silber)

The swarm: 10-12 tetras

  • Rosy Tetra (Hyphessobrycon rosaceus) or
  • Flame Tetra (Hyphessobrycon flammeus) or
  • Black phantom tetra (Hyphessobrycon megalopterus) or
  • Red phantom tetra (Hyphessobrycon sweglesi) or
  • Ornate tetra (Hyphessobrycon bentosi)

or 10-12 Rasboras

  • Lambchop rasbora (Trigonostigma espei) or
  • Glowlight rasbora (Trigonostigma hengeli) or
  • Harlequin rasbora (Trigonostigma heteromorpha) or
  • Pearl Danio (Danio albolineatus) or
  • Eyespot rasbora (Rasbora dorsiocellata) or

On the ground: 8-12 corydoras catfish. These are available in many different variations and are therefore suitable for almost all aquarium equipment. Below is a small selection of the varieties:

  • Panda Corydoras Catfish
  • Albino Corydoras Catfish
  • Skunk Corydoras Catfish
  • and many more.

Community fishtank: The cichlid aquarium

The Eyecatcher:  1m-1f of one of the following cichlids

  • Ram cichlid (Mikrogeophagus ramirezi) or
  • Blue Ram cichlid (") or
  • yellow dwarf cichlid (Apistogramma borellii) or
  • Apistogramma Borelli opal (Umbrella cichlids)

The swarm: 12-20 tetras

  • Cardinal Tetra (Paracheirodon axelrodi) or
  • Ember Tetra (Hyphessobrycon amandae) or
  • Rosy Tetra (Hyphessobrycon rosaceus) or
  • Flame Tetra (Hyphessobrycon flammeus) or
  • Glowlight Tetra (Hemigrammus erythrozonus) or

or 12-20 Rasboras

  • Lambchop rasbora (Trigonostigma espei) or
  • Glowlight rasbora (Trigonostigma hengeli) or
  • Harlequin rasbora (Trigonostigma heteromorpha) or
  • Least rasbora (Boraras urophthalmoides) or

On the ground: 8-12 corydoras catfish. These are available in many different variations and are therefore suitable for almost all aquarium equipment. Below is a small selection of the varieties:

  • Panda Corydoras Catfish
  • Albino Corydoras Catfish
  • Skunk Corydoras Catfish
  • and many more.

Community fishtank: Guppies

The Eyecatcher: 2m+4f

  • Endler Guppies (Poecilia wingei) or
  • Flamingo Guppy (Poecilia reticulata var. Flamingo) or
  • Guppy (Poecilia reticulata)

The swarm: 10-15 tetras

  • Rosy Tetra (Hyphessobrycon rosaceus) or
  • Flame Tetra (Hyphessobrycon flammeus) or
  • Black phantom tetra (Hyphessobrycon megalopterus) or
  • Red phantom tetra (Hyphessobrycon sweglesi) or
  • Ornate tetra (Hyphessobrycon bentosi)

or 10-15 Rasboras

  • Lambchop rasbora (Trigonostigma espei) or
  • Glowlight rasbora (Trigonostigma hengeli) or
  • Harlequin rasbora (Trigonostigma heteromorpha) or
  • Pearl Danio (Danio albolineatus) or
  • Eyespot rasbora (Rasbora dorsiocellata) or

On the ground: 8-12 corydoras catfish. These are available in many different variations and are therefore suitable for almost all aquarium equipment. Below is a small selection of the varieties:

  • Panda Corydoras Catfish
  • Albino Corydoras Catfish
  • Skunk Corydoras Catfish
  • and many more.

Community fishtank: The (dwarf) Gourami aquarium

Der Eyecatcher: 1-2 pairs (depending on hiding places and structure of the tank) of gourami, e.g.:

  • Dwarf Gourami (Trichogaster lalius) or
  • Red Dwarf Gourami (Trichogaster lalius var. red) or
  • Honey Gourami (Trichogaster chuna) or
  • Three spot gourami (Trichopodus trichopterus) or

The swarm: 12-20 tetras

  • Cardinal Tetra (Paracheirodon axelrodi) or
  • Ember Tetra (Hyphessobrycon amandae) or
  • Rosy Tetra (Hyphessobrycon rosaceus) or
  • Flame Tetra (Hyphessobrycon flammeus) or
  • Glowlight Tetra (Hemigrammus erythrozonus) or
  • Serpae tetra (Hyphessobrycon eques)or

or 12-20 Rasboras

  • Lambchop rasbora (Trigonostigma espei) or
  • Glowlight rasbora (Trigonostigma hengeli) or
  • Harlequin rasbora (Trigonostigma heteromorpha) or
  • Least rasbora (Boraras urophthalmoides) or
  • max. 15x Pearl Danio (Danio albolineatus) or
  • max. 15x Eyespot rasbora (Rasbora dorsiocellata) or

On the ground: 8-12 corydoras catfish. These are available in many different variations and are therefore suitable for almost all aquarium equipment. Below is a small selection of the varieties:

  • Panda Corydoras Catfish
  • Albino Corydoras Catfish
  • Skunk Corydoras Catfish
  • and many more.
Stocking ideas for 29-38 gallons fishtank

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