Middle Or Top Dwelling Fish. 20g Tank.

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by JackyB, Apr 16, 2017.

  1. JackyB

    JackyBNew MemberMember


    Hey all!
    So I have a 20 gallon long tank currently stocked with 4 mollies (not the sailfin type) and 2 small german blue rams. I also keep my tank at 26-28°C.

    I will hopefully get about 4 cory catfish within the week (provided my lfs receives stock) and I will hopefully plant java moss and anubias soon (also provided my lfs pulls though with ny order)

    I was hoping to utilise more of the vertical space in my tank because my mollies tend to stay middle low and so do my rams. The corys will also be in that region (is this over stocking it?)and so wanted to create more height.

    I don't want to keep too many more fish so looking so solitary or low number schooling fish.

    I don't want to stock gouramis (had them before and want a change), angels(size), or large schools (I'm open to rummy nose tetras though )

    Can I please have your suggestions and comments on the stocking of the top dwellers as well as suggestions on what corries I should get.

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  2. OP

    JackyBNew MemberMember

    As you can see, I love my small rams
  3. Dolfan

    DolfanFishlore VIPMember

    harlequin rasboras tend to stay toward the top, a school of 5-6 may do ok but not if you also add the cories, your 20 gallon would be over stocked with both schools. Stick with just the top swimming fish and I would avoid the cories, as you already have fish that stay in the bottom region.
  4. Discusluv

    DiscusluvWell Known MemberMember

    I'm a sucker for rummy-nose tetras... both for their beauty and their hardiness. I have a school of them (going on three and a half years now) and they swim together in the mid-range of my 29 gallon.
  5. Asaflame

    AsaflameValued MemberMember

    Hatchet fish
  6. OP

    JackyBNew MemberMember

    Good idea with the rasboras, I like how tiny they are and so they might work.

    I was hoping my jollies would venture to the mid-top region once I add my Amazon awards (forgot to mention) and my anubias grows a bit. I read somewhere that they prefer the mid-top region.
    Thanks a lot!
    Oooh, hadn't thought of that. Definitely a contender. How many would be the smallest group I could get away with?
  7. Al913

    Al913Fishlore VIPMember

    What type of cory? Some require cooler water :), also corys are a shoaling fish so you should have a minimum group of 6!

    As far as addtionaly fish rummy nose are a great option

    So you can do:
    10x rummynose tetras
    2x GBR
    6x warm water cory(aneus or sterbai)
  8. OP

    JackyBNew MemberMember

    I love how sterbei corries look! But I really don't like the look of the bronze ones .
    My lfs is getting peppered and slat and pepper corries. Will these not work?
  9. Al913

    Al913Fishlore VIPMember

    pepper like lower 70s and I believe the salt and pepper also like the lower 70s or at least not the high 70s. I suggest then if they have sterbais go for it!
  10. _IceFyre_

    _IceFyre_Well Known MemberMember

    I think you are pretty much stocked as you are, mollies can get to 5+ inches and are huge waste producers. Even adding the cories would be pushing it. I wouldn't reccomend adding any more fish.
  11. Al913

    Al913Fishlore VIPMember

    Oops forgot about the mollies!

    Not all in fact most mollies don't get 5+ inches. Depending on te variety it gets between 3-5. The sail fins get 5 inches.
  12. Al913

    Al913Fishlore VIPMember

    Can you take a picture of the molly so that we can identify it :)
  13. OP

    JackyBNew MemberMember

    Sure thing!

    This is my yellow and black female (she's looking a bit plump and I think she might be pregnant, the male was harassing her last week but has pretty much stopped now)

    Here are the rest. The two lower ones are males (I know its supposed to be about 1 male to 3 females so but there was a misidentification at the lfs)
  14. Anders247

    Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    It looks like a sphenops to me, should get 3-4 inches.
  15. OP

    JackyBNew MemberMember

  16. aquatickeeper

    aquatickeeperFishlore VIPMember

    Yeah, it's poecilia shenops