Red Fish For My 20 Gallon!

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Millerific, Jul 18, 2017.

  1. Millerific

    MillerificValued MemberMember

    I'm have a 20 gallon tank and I would really like to put some red fish in it. I want it to be very low maintenance so I'm looking for easy fish to take care of.
    Here's what I was thinking so far:
    -Chili Rasboras
    -Red Swordtails
    -Red Cherry Shrimp
    Even though they're not red, I want some Kuhli Loaches too. It is going to be planted.
  2. Demeter

    DemeterFishlore VIPMember

    Rather than sword tails, I'd go with platties. Swords need larger tanks than a 20gal. They get probably twice the size of platties too. Is your tank a long or tall 20gal?

    Serpae tetras, dwarf gourami, red guppies, or red female bettas (read up if you want to do a sorority) are other options.

    If you want kuhlis, go with a sand substrate. Also might want to let the tank and plants mature before adding them. They can be touchy and need a lot of ground cover. If you provide lots of cover and plants they will hardly ever hide from you. Get 6+, they're more active with company.
  3. vikingkirken

    vikingkirkenWell Known MemberMember

    There are also red honey gouramis and cherry barbs.

  4. KimberlyG

    KimberlyGFishlore VIPMember

    Full Red Guppies. (and I'm not a guppy person.) I would do these.

  5. JeffK

    JeffKWell Known MemberMember

    Coral red platys would work well. With a dark substrate, ember tetras may work, too!
  6. BHK3

    BHK3Well Known MemberMember

    Ember Tetras? What temperature are you planning on keeping it at?
  7. MattS99

    MattS99Well Known MemberMember

    Red wag platy, apistogramma cacatuoides.
  8. BetrayerWell Known MemberMember

    Harlequin rasboras aren't completely red, but have a nice touch of reddish-orange. I was also thinking of cherry barbs, as someone mentioned above.
  9. OP

    MillerificValued MemberMember

    Are you sure about the swordtail tank size? Websites I've been to say 10 gallons or more. I do really like guppies. I'm pretty sure my tank is a tall 20 gallon. I am going to add the Kuhlis last.

    around 75 degrees fahrenheit

    I could do platies.

    So could this possibly work?
    -Chili Rasboras
    -Ember Tetras
    -Red Cherry Shrimp
    -Red Guppies
    -Red Platies
    I feel that the tank would be a bit overstocked. I really want to have the Chili Rasboras in the tank by the way.
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  10. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Unfortunately, many websites are wrong when it comes to tank size recommendations.

    Is the tank a 20 gal high (24" long) or 20 gal long (30" long)?

    You could do something along these lines (numbers would change, depending on tank length):
    12x Chili rasbora
    12x Ember tetra
    10x Red cherry shrimp
    2-3x Male red guppies

    I'd personally leave the platies out of this stocking. I'd be afraid they'll outcompete the smaller and more timid chili rasboras for food.
  11. OP

    MillerificValued MemberMember

    That's excellent! It's 24" long, so its tall. I do really like those fish though.
  12. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    I might cut the schooling fish numbers down to 10 then.
  13. OP

    MillerificValued MemberMember

    Thanks for the help!

    Could I still do some Kuhli loaches?
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  14. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Yes. I would do 8 or so.
  15. OP

    MillerificValued MemberMember

    Thank you so much!
    Could I do 4 or 5 maybe? It seems like a lot of fish. Plus, it's a bit expensive.

    also, that means the fish would be:
    10x Chili Rasboras
    10x Ember tetras
    10x Red Cherry Shrimp
    3x Red Guppies
    8x Kuhli Loaches
    That's 41 fish!
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  16. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Kuhlis should be in larger groups, as they are more timid in smaller groups. So no, I would not do 4 or 5. If you can't afford 8, leave them out for now.

    Don't count the RCS as fish, because they're not...

    I would start with 2 male guppies as well.
  17. Lance0414

    Lance0414Well Known MemberMember

    How about
    8-10 Chili Rasboras or 8-10 Glowlight Tetras
    8-10 Lambchop Rasboras(Silvery Red/Orange in Color) or 8-10 Ember Tetras
    3 Honey Gourami(1 Male 2 Female) or 3-5 Scarlet Badis(1 Male 2-4 Females)
    8 Kuhli or Java Loaches
    10 RCS
  18. NatalyaWell Known MemberMember

    Are apistogramma cacatuoides easy to keep? How big do they get? I was thinking of getting a pair for my new 38g. They vary widely in their phenotype, I just looked briefly, and there are so many varieties - double red, triple red, double orange, yellow... I feel that I will need to find and order the ones I like from the internet :)
  19. Lance0414

    Lance0414Well Known MemberMember

    The Cockatoo Cichlid from my understandings are Hardy fish that have similar care as Bolivian Rams.
  20. OP

    MillerificValued MemberMember

    Ok then sounds good. It just seemed like a lot to me, that's all.

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