20 Gallon Ideas

  1. Wobbegong

    Wobbegong Well Known Member Member

    So in the near future i am getting a 20 gallon aquarium and I was wondering if anybody had any ideas on stocking. Anything but neon tetras, dwarf gouramis, zebra danios, bushy nose plecos, or cory catfish because I either have or are getting them in the near future. I was thinking a female betta would be nice. Post whatever suggestions you have for stocking the tank.
     
  2. JesseMoreira06

    JesseMoreira06 Well Known Member Member

    Betta should be in their own tank IMO. I wouldn't suggest housing them with anything else but snails or shrimp.

    what are the dimensions of the 20g?
     


  3. OP
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    Wobbegong

    Wobbegong Well Known Member Member

    I haven't got the tank yet, what dimensions would you suggest
     


  4. JLeeM

    JLeeM Well Known Member Member

    If it were me, 9 times out of 10, I'd get a 20 long instead of standard. You get an extra half foot of base/surface area. This let's you stock a little more or even some species that wouldn't work as well in a standard.
     


  5. Laxin10

    Laxin10 Valued Member Member

    Yeah +1 for the 20 long. They are great tanks and have more support for smaller fish that are a bit more active.

    It depends on what fish you are interested in. You could go with glo-danios, guppies, platys, all sorts of fish. I know the 20 long is a bit small for dwarf neon rainbowfish but if you really wanted to you could have 4-5 or so.
     
  6. OP
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    Wobbegong

    Wobbegong Well Known Member Member

    What about barbs? are there any peaceful barbs. Or catfish, catfish are cool
     
  7. JLeeM

    JLeeM Well Known Member Member

    I've read several places that cherry barbs are pretty laid back and peaceful for a barb species.

    Cory catfish are always a big favorite. Just do your research on various species, and pick the best one you like.
     
  8. Laxin10

    Laxin10 Valued Member Member

    Do you like Cherry Barbs?
     
  9. OP
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    Wobbegong

    Wobbegong Well Known Member Member

    Cherry barbs sound nice, If i am not getting a female betta could I get fancy guppies?
     
  10. Laxin10

    Laxin10 Valued Member Member

    Hey smart minds think alike. Didn't even see your post haha
     
  11. BottomDweller

    BottomDweller Fishlore VIP Member

    You could do 1 female betta and 8 Kuhli loaches or 1 clown pleco in a 20 long.

    Or how about
    8 Cherry barbs
    1 GBR
    8 kuhlis or bronze cories

    Or
    8 Odessa barbs
    1 honey gourami
    8 peppered or panda cories
     
  12. OP
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    Wobbegong

    Wobbegong Well Known Member Member

    Kuhli loaches, those sound interesting.
     
  13. OP
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    Wobbegong

    Wobbegong Well Known Member Member

    Rams also sound nice, I have seen pictures and they look cool.

    So could:
    6 cherry barbs
    1 blue ram
    3 kuhli loaches
    2 green cobra guppies
    Work in a 20 gallon long aquarium.

    Where can I buy a 20 gallon long aquarium
     
  14. JLeeM

    JLeeM Well Known Member Member

    PetCo has them on the $1 Per Gallon Sale until August 18 I believe (20 gallons = $20).
     
  15. Piaelliott

    Piaelliott Well Known Member Member

    Petco for example. I think they currently have a $1/gal sale, so the tank would be $20.

    Edit: oops, I was one minute too late :)
     
  16. Kenny777

    Kenny777 Well Known Member Member

    Kuhli loaches need to be in groups 6+
     
  17. JLeeM

    JLeeM Well Known Member Member

    I would go the extra mile and get a 29 though (also $1 Per Gallon). It has the same footprint, just taller. More space. Or you might prefer putting the extra money towards your equipment for a 20.
     
  18. Kenny777

    Kenny777 Well Known Member Member

    You could do
    2 Bolivian Rams(1m/1f)
    6 Kuhli loaches
    8 Neon Tetras
    2 Guppies
    10 Amano Shrimp
    3 Nerite Snails
    OR
    2 German Blue Rams (1m/1f)
    2 Guppies
    8 Cardinal Tetras
    6 Kuhli loaches
    10 Amano Shrimp
    3 Nerite Snails
     
  19. j

    jertan98 Valued Member Member

    I prefer Rhombo Barbs (aka snakeskin barbs) to cherry barbs. They look way cooler and have a similar personality.

    Becareful of your livebearers breeding if u get a male female pair tho, ur tank might be overstocked in a month or 2 if u dont have a plan for the fry.
     
  20. aquatickeeper

    aquatickeeper Fishlore VIP Member

    Up your kuhli numbers to 6-8.