Stocking 20 Gallon Tall Ideas 20 Gallon Tank

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  1. PaleozoicCrumbs

    PaleozoicCrumbsNew MemberMember

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    Starting my 20 gallon tall. I have not added any fish as of now, since I am in the midst of cycling. I do have some plants, and I do plan on adding more.

    Want some stocking ideas, however I'll be honest, I'm not a fan of the more common platies, mollies, and guppies. Seeking something a little more interesting to look at (and that won't end up eating all your plants)


    Things I'm looking for:

    1 Centerpiece fish

    At least 6 schoolers

    possibly 1-3 bottom feeders (fish)

    And possibly some shrimp that can coexist.
     
  2. Crispii

    CrispiiWell Known MemberMember

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    Centerpiece: Betta, Honey Gourami, Peacock Gudgeon, Bolivian Ram, Apistogramma.

    Schoolers: Harlequin Rasbora, Cardinal Tetra, Rummynose Tetra, Celestial Pearl Danio, Gold Ring Danio.

    Bottom Dwellers: Unfortunately, a majority of the bottom dwellers require a group of 6+. Suggestions for bottom dwellers includes Asian Stone Catfish, small Corydoras sp., and Khuli Loaches.
     
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    PictusbossValued MemberMember

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    Here’s something interesting, active, and colorful:

    1x dwarf gourami
    6x harlequin rasbora
    6x neon tetra
    5x peppered corydoras

    Lots of activity and color but also the beauty of the gourami makes it
     
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    I like the idea of adding a Bolivian ram, however I hear that they need to be in pairs to maintain their colors?
     
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    I dont really think that's true. I've seen members in the past have a single Bolivian ram in their tanks, and they looks amazing. But to be fair, they do better in groups!
     
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    1 honey gourami
    12 celestial pearl danios
    10 corydoras habrosus

    This is my stocking for my 20g.

    Another idea if you don't want a school of bottom dweller is
    1 clown Pleco (will also be your centrepiece)
    14 ember tetras
    12 blue cherry shrimps
     
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    Will the Honey Gourami not eat the shrimp? I have Black Ruby Barbs that are one inch now and I am skeptical of adding Red Cherry Shrimp with them. They grow to 2.2 inches maybe 3 inches. If they can't fit in their mouth, I will probably add them once ground cover grows.
     
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    They may eat the shrimplets, but I'm not sure if they'll predate on adults.
     
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    Awesome, I will give it a try mixing the shrimp with the BRB's once I grow decent cover. Thanks!
     
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