Setting Up A New 20 Gallon

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by SwishyFishy, Apr 24, 2018.

  1. SwishyFishy

    SwishyFishyValued MemberMember

    I would like to set up a new 20 gal (long or high whichever is best for fish)
    I would like to have something big, or as big as I can get and somewhat aggressive/personable (doesn't have to be aggressive)
    The fish can be the only one in the tank that is okay.
    Is there anything I can have? I haven't set up yet.
  2. puffer boi

    puffer boiWell Known MemberMember

    i would get a 20 long.
    not sure what fish would work...
  3. Hego_Damask

    Hego_DamaskValued MemberMember

    I would also get a 20 G long.

    As far as a single showfish..I don’t know!

    I’ve always had community tanks in my 20
  4. emmysjj

    emmysjjWell Known MemberMember

    What fish are u interested in?
  5. ystrout

    ystroutWell Known MemberMember

    Long is best for most fish. Most fish don't prefer to swim vertically.

    Maybe look into Rams or Gouramis.
  6. LaniKai

    LaniKaiValued MemberMember

    I would go for a long 20g. I would recommend something like the German Blue Ram.
  7. Lynn78too

    Lynn78tooWell Known MemberMember

  8. LaniKai

    LaniKaiValued MemberMember

    The problem with having a dwarf gourami is the Iridovirus disease. You might get lucky and have a health fish but its sadly very common for the fish to die.
  9. SpaghettiFork

    SpaghettiForkNew MemberMember

    I recommend a long, and maybe you could stock some sort of ran cichlid. Killifish are fun too!
  10. OP

    SwishyFishyValued MemberMember

    I wanted like just one sole chiclid in that tank. I don't really like dg and I already have rams. Would any short body work? Or a pair of blue acara?
  11. KeyboardCat

    KeyboardCatValued MemberMember

    You could possibly do a planted tank with pea puffers.
  12. Frozen One

    Frozen OneValued MemberMember

    I say 20 long and that being said a betta sorority or gourami. They are labyrinth fish meaning they breathe atmospheric air. They would love a 20 gallon long.
  13. Fahn

    FahnFishlore VIPMember

    A single electric blue acara might work. You could also try kribensis, flag acara, leaf fish, or betta macrostoma (giant betta).
  14. OP

    SwishyFishyValued MemberMember

    maybe. My lfs has had a 10 gallon tank whit some rhodes/peacock (i think) cichlids but idk if they will work. Can i have 1 or 2 in a 20 long or a pair of acaras? And the puffers need snails right?

    Can i do a short body cichlid? Like GT, JD or Flowerhorn? (Short body)
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  15. Fahn

    FahnFishlore VIPMember

    All of those get too big for a 20 long. Even if their bodies stay stocky, many cichlids produce a lot of waste. I wouldn't keep a Flowerhorn in anything smaller than a 75, personally.
  16. OP

    SwishyFishyValued MemberMember

    I will have a filter rated for a 40gallon tank and only one of them will be in the tank alone, I thought that short bodies stay much smaller
  17. KeyboardCat

    KeyboardCatValued MemberMember

    A flowerhorn still wouldn't fit. They need a LOT more space.
  18. Kristian Acevedo

    Kristian AcevedoValued MemberMember

    Betta Sorority would be a fun way to go, it gives you the color and personality that you seem to be looking for, without having to only have one fish, or worry about it out growing the tank
  19. _IceFyre_

    _IceFyre_Well Known MemberMember

    How about a pair of rainbow cichlids?
  20. OP

    SwishyFishyValued MemberMember

    Oh, i only wanted 1 or 2 fish so not really a sorority. How big do rainbow cichlids get?
    I can't really find them around here.