Completing A 20gal Long Tank

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by M4TTSA, Apr 10, 2018.

  1. M

    M4TTSA New Member Member

    Hey guys! First post here. I have a 20gal long tank that I'm trying to fill up with fish.
    I already have:

    6x Green Neon Tetra
    1x Bristlenose Pleco
    1x Anubias on Driftwood

    Any suggestions on a bigger fish that would standout?
     
  2. 75g Discus Tank

    75g Discus Tank Fishlore VIP Member

    I would increase the green neons to 12 so they are happier.

    Most bigger colorful fish might attack the green neons.

    If you get a smaller betta, it might get used to the green neons as it grows.
     
  3. OP
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    M

    M4TTSA New Member Member

    I was thinking about increasing the number of neons in the tank as well. How do you think 2 german blue rams would fare?
     




  4. BRDrew

    BRDrew Valued Member Member

    You could get a pair of paradise fish I believe, they look really good. I have seen people keeping angels and even discus in a 20G but I would not recommend.

    I think the 2 german blue rams you suggested could work but I dont know much about them.
     
  5. 75g Discus Tank

    75g Discus Tank Fishlore VIP Member

    GBR's like warmer water so up the temp to around 80-82 which will make all of the fish happy.

    GBR's shoud be fine but provide them with a lot of caves and hiding areas.

    Also, when they breed, they become really aggressive.
     
  6. Fanatic

    Fanatic Fishlore VIP Member

    I personally wouldn’t advise keeping a bristlenose in a 20 gallon.
     
  7. OP
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    M

    M4TTSA New Member Member

    May I ask why? Also, what would a better replacement be? Thanks
     
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2018
  8. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    GBRs need warmer temps than BN plecos, so I wouldn't add those. I would also take out the BN pleco though - they get around 5" and have a heavy bioload, and a 20 gal doesn't give them much room/volume. You could rehome the pleco and get 2 GBRs then? You don't need to replace it - you are the best at preventing and controlling algae.
     
  9. OP
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    M

    M4TTSA New Member Member

    Do you think my LFS would take it? It's only at most 1-2in right now. Thank you for the insight.
     
  10. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    They might! Worth asking.

    So then you could do 10-15x green neons and 2x GBR. Sounds like a great tank!
     
  11. OP
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    M

    M4TTSA New Member Member

    Thank you so much for the help! Any thoughts on shrimp or would the other fish eat them?
     
  12. 75g Discus Tank

    75g Discus Tank Fishlore VIP Member

    I would try larger ghost shrimp or amano shrimp just in case because they grow a bit bigger and have a less likely chance to be eaten.

    For feeding, NLS, Omega One, frozen foods, and homemade foods are my favorites.
     
  13. OP
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    M

    M4TTSA New Member Member

    Awesome, thank you!

    Edit: How should I go about aquarium lighting?
     
  14. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

  15. OP
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    M

    M4TTSA New Member Member

    I bought an Anubias from my LFS the was already attached to a piece of driftwood. That's pretty much the extent to which I plan to put in my tank.
     
  16. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    Anubias are easy to grow, so that's good.

    Do you have a hood or a glass lid or no lid?
     
  17. OP
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    M4TTSA New Member Member

    No lid
     
  18. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    If you want something cheap but made for aquariums, Finnex's Stingray or a Beamswork would be great. If you want to do DIY lighting, you could easily use two dome work lights with plant friendly bulbs (also cheap)
     
  19. OP
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    M

    M4TTSA New Member Member

    Sounds good, thank you!
     
  20. OP
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    M

    M4TTSA New Member Member

    Do I need a cover for my aquarium for those lights?
     




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