20 Gallon tank!

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by TylerLovesFish, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. TylerLovesFishWell Known MemberMember

    I plan on getting a 20 Gallon tank in 2 weeks. Any stocking ideas? If these fish survive this 3 Gallon tank, I hope to already have 2 guppies, 2 white clouds, a ghost shrimp, and a mystery snail. Here it is: http://www.amazon.com/Aquatic-Supplies-Tetra-Deluxe-Starter/dp/B000TZ3MJM

    It is $85 at the local store. It has a heater, net, filter, lighting, thermometer, and also comes with conditioner and food.

    I will also have a stand for it.

    Also what should I do with the 3 gallon tank? I was thinking either a quarantine tank or a shrimp tank, or snail tank.
  2. flyinggogoValued MemberMember

    is your 3 gallon tank cycled?

  3. TylerLovesFishWell Known MemberMember

    Most likely not. Had it since Christmas. I plan on doing another water change tomorrow.

  4. flyinggogoValued MemberMember

    if the fish are in there you need to water change every day and use prime to detox the ammonia

  5. TylerLovesFishWell Known MemberMember

    How much of a water change? as I said I hope to get the 20 Gallon as soon as possible, will probably move them when I get it, mostly because the cycling of the 20 gallon would be better than what they are in now.
  6. flyinggogoValued MemberMember

    50% until cycled (could be 6 weeks or more)

    You can try Tetra Safe Start. People say it works. I dont know i use old seeded filter media to start up my tanks
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  7. TylerLovesFishWell Known MemberMember

    Wouldn't that stress the fish worse than the cycle itself?
  8. flyinggogoValued MemberMember

    You need a test kit too if you don't have one. Stay on top of it. Once your tank is cycled it is less important to test all the time. Honestly after my tank is cycled to a month or so i dont ever test. I just monitor the tanks with my eyes. I havent had a death in any of my tanks in a year except for my guppies which caught some disease and all died while my other fish were fine.

    having clean water? no that is a good always
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  9. TylerLovesFishWell Known MemberMember

    OK. A popular trend in my tanks seems to be guppies are fine, then they get fin rot. Always tail fin.
  10. flyinggogoValued MemberMember

    how fast and how many tanks do you have?

    My male guppies would nip each others fins so they look better to the ladies
  11. TylerLovesFishWell Known MemberMember

    Well, I had a bowl. then I moved to the 3 Gallon. One died of it after ALL of his fin rotted away. Now one has it and he has a big rip in his fin from it and the end if beginning to fray. It has been about 3 weeks since the other one died.
  12. flyinggogoValued MemberMember

    well no for sure but ammonia and maybe no air stone could be your main culprit there. u shouldn't keep guppies in a bowl without filtration.

    In my experience guppies are the most prone to disease and death. I don't question when they die ( mostly because if you have 1 female you will have 1,000,000 guppies eventually)
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  13. TylerLovesFishWell Known MemberMember

    He is in the 3 Gallon with a filter along with a new buddy. I don't mean to ignore this topic, but could we go back to what this thread was originally about? I mean, what should I do with the 3 gallon once I get the 20 Gallon?
  14. flyinggogoValued MemberMember

    lol whatever you want:) quarantine seems smart
  15. ghardinValued MemberMember

    well with my old tanks, I'm getting some African Dwarf Frogs! They're just so darn cute!
  16. TylerLovesFishWell Known MemberMember

    I can't do frogs. Not big enough.
  17. ghardinValued MemberMember

    What do you mean not big enough? A pair of ADFs would be perfect for your 3 gallons. You could throw in a snail, shrimp, or a couple of small ottos.
  18. TylerLovesFishWell Known MemberMember

    It's taller than Long.
  19. TylerLovesFishWell Known MemberMember

    To my 20 gallon tank:

    I wanted to have a "forest lake/river" theme to it. I was wondering what you guys suggested for beginners to have for that theme, such as plants and fish.

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