Overstocked?? :O 20 Gallon Tank

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish and Invertebrates' started by lolxaku, Dec 29, 2009.

  1. lolxakuNew MemberMember

    i have a 20 gallon tank, cycled it and i made my LFS do the water test and they said it was okay. Now, i have 3 small 3'' (not including fins) angelfishes and a 3'' pleco. After a week i bought 5 harlequin rasboras, 6 guppies (2 male, 4 female) acclimated them (except the guppies) into my aquarium and i also put in a cupful of stability.

    after it i quarantined the guppies into my 3 gallon cycled tank for one day (to make it sure);D
    and waited for the results the other day. and figured to transfer it into my 20 gallon after i buy the tank in my LFS. can anyone tell me if 3 3'' angelfishes, pleco, two amano shrimps, 6 guppies and 5 harlequin rasboras are overstocked in a 20 gallon?? ???
  2. platy benWell Known MemberMember

    With the 3 angels, yes you are overstocked, angels need atleast 30 Gallons for a pair. Also, is it a common pleco?

    Welcome to Fishlore :)
  3. lolxakuNew MemberMember

    thanks :) i'm gonna buy another tank for these 3 or give up the other 2..i might see...and is it okay to change the water 20% daily to avoid the ammonia spike for one week while i haven't have the tank?
    here is the picture for my pleco and tank :

    and the food they eat with the baby brine shrimp eggs (not in photo) and a high quality flake food sefra vipan
    one of my koi angelfish
    and the guppies and HR
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2009
  4. bettafish2816Fishlore VIPMember

    for the 20 gallon i'd say you're pretty fully stocked with six guppies and 5 harlequin rasboras, you could probably be okay having some small bottom feeders like a trio of corycats or otos, but i'd have to recommend removing the angels and that pleco. it looks like a common pleco to me, and if it is then it definitely won't fit in that tank, they can get HUGE (over a foot long!) and are huge waste producers as well and will quickly pollute your tank.

    also, since you've got two males and four females you're pretty much guaranteed to have LOTS of guppy babies, livebearers breed like rabbits!
  5. lolxakuNew MemberMember

    thanks for the info! :) and i might seperate the guppies with another tank...anyways thanks again for that info :;thx
  6. NutterFishlore VIPMember

    The angelfish will get too big for a 20g. They would also be likely to eat the guppies, harlequins & the shrimp. It looks like a common plec to me as well & they are way too big for a 20g. I've seen them closer to two feet long in large tanks. I'd either get the angels & plec a larger tank or move them on to someone that has a large enough aquarium or to your LFS for store credit.
  7. bettafish2816Fishlore VIPMember

    you're welcome :) good luck!

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