20 Gallon Tank 20 Gal Stocking W/ Dwarf Gourami

ahouseofscales

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Hi! I finally have a 20 gallon tank and I am very excited to start stocking it! I have a few ideas and preferences but I'd like to see what ideas other people might have. I have a dwarf gourami and nerites back home that I will be bringing to put in this tank (I am a college student). I would like to have a schooling fish and some sort of invertebrate. I really like pearl danios and rummynose tetras, and I am looking at getting a crab (either a thai micro crab or a freshwater pom pom crab). I am not sure what goes best with DGs though so I am open to ideas.

Tango has pretty much been on his own the entire time I've had him. I have only ever had snails, shrimp, and dwarf crays with him so I'm not sure how he'll react to other fish. Since I am in college I don't want a species that is too demanding. The tank will be planted with caribsea eco-complete for a substrate. It will be heated to around 77F. pH from the tap is around 7.2 and of course ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate will all be 0 once I have it fully cycled.

I appreciate any ideas you can give me! Thanks!
 
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Is it a tall or long 20 gallon?
I think Harlequin Rasbora would be a good tank mate for the DG. They like similar water parameters and temps. Pearl Danio like colder water.
For a bottom feeder you can’t go wrong with a bristle nose
I’d reccomend not choosing a longfin because of the tank size but super red,calico,regular,albino, and lemon eyes will work great
 
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Is it a tall or long 20 gallon?
I think Harlequin Rasbora would be a good tank mate for the DG. They like similar water parameters and temps. Pearl Danio like colder water.
It is a 20 tall. I know it's not ideal but it's what I can fit.

For a bottom feeder you can’t go wrong with a bristle nose
I’d reccomend not choosing a longfin because of the tank size but super red,calico,regular,albino, and lemon eyes will work great
Thanks for the recommendation! I'm not a huge fan of bristle noses but I'll think about it.
 

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^ Do you mean Espei Rasbora instead of Expel? lol
Those are great little fish!
 

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I have heard that ecocomplete can be rough on corydoras. I am not sure if that applies to other bottom feeders, maybe just corys because they play and root around so much.
 
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I have heard that ecocomplete can be rough on corydoras. I am not sure if that applies to other bottom feeders, maybe just corys because they play and root around so much.
Okay. I am not planning on corydoras so that shouldn't be too much of an issue. I should probably clarify that when I say bottom feeders I mean invertebrates that are bottom dwelling. I'm not too interested in traditional bottom feeders and much prefer invertebrates, otos, and loaches, although I know most species wouldn't be suitable for this aquarium.
 
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Decided to ditch the bottom feeders and just go with a schooling fish. I'd rather have a good sized school than a bottom feeder. Leaning towards rummy nose tetras (H. bleheri) right now. Would these work well in this tank? If they would, how many could I comfortably fit in here? Just as a reminder this tank will be heavily planted with rockwork and some driftwood. I am planning to leave swimming space but the planting will be dense.
 

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Rummynose Tetra are good with Dwarf Gourami.

In a 20g I'd say you could have 12 x Rummynose + 1x Dwarf Gourami.

I'd introduce 10 Rummynose, wait two weeks, then add 10 more.

You'll be lucky if 12 survive the transition to the new tank.
 
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