20 Gallon Rebuild! Help!

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by Sapanza01, Jun 25, 2018.

  1. Sapanza01New MemberMember

    So I'm about to do a rebuild/restock on my 20 gallon. I have black sand and some amazon swords in it already but I'm considering adding new substrate and plants as well. In terms of stocking, I want to have small schooling fish, with maybe 1 or two centerpiece fish and some bottom feeders. I love gouramis, cories, and want to get into cherry barbs and harlequin rasaboras. Any suggestions? Also i dont know if this is a stretch but I'm also thinking about maybe GBR or bolivian rams OR paradise fish. Please help me with any stocking suggestions and or plant and substrate builds please!
  2. Small TanksValued MemberMember

    Is it a 20 long or high?

    Also GBR and Paradise fish have vastly different environmental needs so I would suggest deciding which one you want first and working up from there. I would only do rams if it's a long tank, they need the floor space.

    Fluval has a black sand substrate for plants that I love and scattered with some pebbles makes for a nice natural look.
  3. Sapanza01New MemberMember

    It's a standard 20g from one of those complete kits. How many small schooling fish like cherry barns and Harlequins do you think I could possibly have?
  4. Small TanksValued MemberMember

    Gotcha, I would go with paradise fish either m/f or f/f pair.

    You could easily have a school of 6 - 8 harlequins and then either a small pleco or 6 otocats or 6 smaller breed cories on the bottom (Sterbai like warmer water which the paradise fish and the harlequins do too)
  5. 75g Discus TankFishlore VIPMember

    Actually, paradise fish prefer cooler water.

    You could have paradise fish with WCMM.
  6. Sapanza01New MemberMember

    So what other suggestions do you have? Plant wise or fish stocking would be much appreciated
  7. 75g Discus TankFishlore VIPMember

    A lot of nano schoolers would look nice with a moderately planted tank.

    My favorite nano schoolers is the ember tetra. They are smaller, but not tiny and they have a lot of color.

    They work pretty well with bettas if given enough line of sight blockers like plants and decor.

    If you bought a kit, plant selections would be limited, but anacharis is a really good line of sight blockers and grows like weeds.
  8. Sapanza01New MemberMember

    What about cherry barns or harlequins? And other than a Betta, what about other centerpiece fish?

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