Setting Up New 20g Tank, Suggestions And Tips? Question

  1. Cholo Anderzon Member Member

    I'm planning on setting up a 20g tank with sand substrate, tree shaped driftwood with christmas moss, 5 neon cardinal tetras, 5 rummy nose tetras, 10 kuhli loaches, 3 otocinclus, couple of amanos and I'm also planning to add some assassin snails (for pest snail control) and in hope to breed the assassins as well.
    I'm just still not sure if they are perfectly compatible or what, also not sure what ideal filter and lighting should I use.
    It's still just a plan though but if I will do execute it, what do you guys think?
  2. goplecos Well Known Member Member

    I would do one larger school of 8 Tetras. 4+ is fine but 6+ is much better. I would do 6 Kuhlis and 6 Otocinclus, or 10 Kuhlis, or 8 Otocinclus. If you do do this Make sure you have a good filter, Because space is not an issue since they all occupy different areas of the tank, but bio load is.
  3. Cholo Anderzon Member Member

    I guess I'll add more tetras and otos and decrease the kuhlis..
    But what type of filter would be best for these kind of set ups? Tnx
  4. goplecos Well Known Member Member

    A large HOB that is good for 30+ gallons would work.
  5. Cholo Anderzon Member Member

    I'm thinking of internal filter.
    But if you think hob would do better then I'll go with it.
    I knew that hob would be more effective, I just also thought that it might be hazardous and might suck small fishes. XD
  6. goplecos Well Known Member Member

    A piece of sponge ruberbanded over the intake will solve the problem.
  7. Cholo Anderzon Member Member

  8. goplecos Well Known Member Member

    That is super overpriced. Something like this would work and it's less than 30 dollars at Petsmart. This one is also great because with a little bit of fiddling around you for a sponge. All of my filters contain a carbon cartridge and a sponge. the carbon need changing every now and then but I don't want to do a mini cycle every month so I have a sponge in there that I never change.

    Aqueon® QuietFlow Aquarium Power Filter 30 | fish Filters | PetSmart
  9. Cholo Anderzon Member Member

    That's actually a lot more expensive though, more than twice of the price.
    Also, I'm not aware of the regular changing of the carbon filter media, why is it?

    By the way, are there any compatibility issues in the said species?
    And I'm planning to use daylight led fluorescent, what wattage do you think is ideal?
    Thanks guys.
  10. guppiesandpuppies Member Member

    The Amazon one had the price listed in Indian rupees.

    There's one tip I have that I think all fish buyers should know: Make sure the place you buy your fish from takes good care of the fish they sell. I'm sure you want to have a very good chance of getting healthy fish. Also, buying from a place like that supports taking care of fish properly. Many stores don't take good enough care of their fish. Please ask the employees of the places where you consider buying fish from to make sure they're taking care of their fish before you support them with your money.
  11. Cholo Anderzon Member Member

    Yes.. it's in rupee.. XD

    Thanks a lot for that very general tip. I'll be sure to take note of it. Thanks..
  12. guppiesandpuppies Member Member

    You're welcome. Enjoy fish-keeping! It can be a lot of fun. I love watching my little guppies swim around.
  13. Cholo Anderzon Member Member

    Thanks again..
  14. Jacob MacDonald Member Member

    Quick question.
    Is it a 20G high or long?
  15. Cholo Anderzon Member Member

    Thanks. .

    It's "long" (30"×12"×12")
  16. Jacob MacDonald Member Member

    Okay thanks.
    I asked because I'm setting up a 20 gallon high and plan to have Kuhli Loaches as well, I'm debating how many to get.
  17. Cholo Anderzon Member Member

    I'm initially planning to get 10 of them, I love how they swarm around in a group in an energetic way and also how to hide in a single spot in a crowd like they were cuddling each other up but then they suggest to lesser its number probably because of the number of their other tank mates and the tank size so I decided to get just 8 of them..

    I plan to put just a single large hiding spot for them in the center of the tank so hopefully they'll crowd in their in a large group just like how I love to see them doing so.