20 Gal. Stocking

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by sbme401, Aug 3, 2017.

  1. sbme401New MemberMember

    I have a planted and well established 20 gal. tank with 6 White Cloud Mountain Minnows (planning on getting 3-5 more) and 8 Panda Cories. I'm currently looking for a good centerpiece fish for the tank.

    I have had bad luck with Dwarf Gouramis in this tank. I've had two and each only lasted for about a week so I am looking for a different kind of fish. I've since read up on dwarf gouramis and found that they tend to have trouble with fast tankmates like the WCMMs and can be very skittish. It is also possible that the two I got were from bad stock or had a disease.

    I'm currently looking for a similar sized centerpiece fish that will do better in my tank.

    My tank is a 20 gal. tall. Dimensions are 24.35"L x 12.5"W x 19.25"H.

  2. MattS99Well Known MemberMember

    What's the temperature? Apistogramma borelli and Bolivian ram sound like decent options to me.

  3. sbme401New MemberMember

    My temperature is around 72.5 F

  4. MattS99Well Known MemberMember

    Yeah, Bolivians and borellis would work in that. I'll keep thinking and looking around, I'll post something if I find something.
  5. Kenny777Well Known MemberMember

    Peacock Gudgeons? Honey Gouramis?
  6. MattS99Well Known MemberMember

    Not at 72.
  7. Kenny777Well Known MemberMember

    Oh true nvm. I forgot about the temp :p
  8. MattS99Well Known MemberMember

    That's why you should double check before you post.
  9. Kenny777Well Known MemberMember

    Okay geez don t mean to be rude but your kinda being bossy
  10. MattS99Well Known MemberMember

    I'm not being bossy. I always double check. We want to give accurate information on here.
  11. Kenny777Well Known MemberMember

    Well you kinda are tbh if you want to start a conversation and discuss this we can I'm not trying to hijack the thread.
  12. sbme401New MemberMember

    Would I be able to keep a single borelli or bolivian or would a pair be better? I am worried about overstocking the tank with a pair so I'm not sure what would work best.
  13. MattS99Well Known MemberMember

    You could totally keep a single borelli or Bolivian. They'll be just as happy. Male or female would work. Female borellis are usually more 'bland' and are more yellow than males. Male and female Bolivians look pretty similar.
  14. sbme401New MemberMember

    Ok, thanks for all the help!
  15. MattS99Well Known MemberMember

    You're welcome!
  16. JeffKWell Known MemberMember

    @MattS99 gave you some good suggestions. To give another option, I think I remember a killifish as being ok in lower temps - check out "least killifish" (actually a livebearer). (Although I'm definitely an apisto borellii fan!)
  17. MattS99Well Known MemberMember

    Least killifish would work, but they'd have to be kept in a group. They're pretty small as well, not a typical centerpiece.
  18. JeffKWell Known MemberMember

    That's right - those guys are tiny. I was thinking of golden wonder killis (Aplocheilus lineatus) at those lower 70 degree temps. A little bigger than those "least" guys!
  19. MattS99Well Known MemberMember

    They'd definitely work, would just have to watch for aggression. They'll eat endlers, smaller rasboras and tetras, etc. Males can get territorial too.
  20. JeffKWell Known MemberMember

    I figured the WCCMs are big/fast enough to be ok with them.

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