Completing A 20gal Long Tank

M4TTSA
  • #1
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?
 
75g Discus Tank
  • #2
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.
 
M4TTSA
  • Thread Starter
  • #3
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.

I was thinking about increasing the number of neons in the tank as well. How do you think 2 german blue rams would fare?
 
BRDrew
  • #4
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 don't know much about them.
 
75g Discus Tank
  • #5
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.
 
Fanatic
  • #6
I personally wouldn’t advise keeping a bristlenose in a 20 gallon.
 
M4TTSA
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  • #7
I personally wouldn’t advise keeping a bristlenose in a 20 gallon.

May I ask why? Also, what would a better replacement be? Thanks
 
TexasDomer
  • #8
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.
 
M4TTSA
  • Thread Starter
  • #9
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.

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

So then you could do 10-15x green neons and 2x GBR. Sounds like a great tank!
 
M4TTSA
  • Thread Starter
  • #11
They might! Worth asking.

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

Thank you so much for the help! Any thoughts on shrimp or would the other fish eat them?
 
75g Discus Tank
  • #12
Thank you so much for the help! Any thoughts on shrimp or would the other fish eat them?
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.
 
M4TTSA
  • Thread Starter
  • #13
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.

Awesome, thank you!

Edit: How should I go about aquarium lighting?
 
TexasDomer
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M4TTSA
  • Thread Starter
  • #15
Depends - are you trying to grow live plants?

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.
 
TexasDomer
  • #16
Anubias are easy to grow, so that's good.

Do you have a hood or a glass lid or no lid?
 
M4TTSA
  • Thread Starter
  • #17
Anubias are easy to grow, so that's good.

Do you have a hood or a glass lid or no lid?

No lid
 
TexasDomer
  • #18
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)
 
M4TTSA
  • Thread Starter
  • #19
Sounds good, thank you!
 
M4TTSA
  • Thread Starter
  • #20
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)

Do I need a cover for my aquarium for those lights?
 
TexasDomer
  • #21
Not if your filter/air pump doesn't make water splash on them. I've used Finnex and dome lights over lidless tanks.
 

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