Stocking A 20 Gal Tall And A 29 Gal. Perhaps A Different Kind Of Stocking Question...

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by BlackFishMatter, Apr 24, 2017.

  1. BlackFishMatterNew MemberMember

    Hi. Long time lurker, first time poster.

    So, I recently dusted off my ancient 29 gal tank from storage which is currently in the cycling process. I also picked up a 20 gal tall at Petco while browsing fish ($1galsale/I have no self control).

    I have them set up right next to each other in the dining room. Initially, I planned on making the 29 gal a fresh community tank, and the 20 gal a small salt tank. Researching the cost of a salt tank quickly changed my mind.

    The 29 gal currently has a large piece of driftwood and sandstone caves with a white sand substrate.
    The 20 gal is bare. I considered some black diamond blasting sand for a substrate, but that is as far as I have gotten.

    Any ideas how I can set up these 2 tanks to differentiate them? I don't want what will essentially be two community tanks. Chiclids in the 29 would be cool, but i guess the tank is a little small for that. I was thinking a school of coreys, tetras, and a centerpiece (ram?) For the 20 gal, I am all ears (maybe a guppy tank?).

    Or i could take a common sense approach, and take the 20 gal back to Petco.
     
  2. BottomDwellerFishlore VIPMember

    Welcome to fishlore!

    Here are a couple of ideas

    29 gallon-
    1 Angelfish or 1-2 german blue rams
    10 Kuhli loaches or albino/bronze cories
    10-12 Cardinal tetras or 8-10 cherry barbs

    20 gallon
    1 Bolivian ram
    1 Honey gourami or 3 male guppies
    10 Celestial pearl danios or neon tetras
    8 Panda cories

    Or
    10 Ember tetras
    3-5 male endlers
    1 Honey gourami or dwarf gourami
    8 Kuhli loaches
     




  3. JeffKWell Known MemberMember

    What about some peacock gudgeons for the 20 gal? Maybe something like:

    4 peacock gudgeons
    6-8 kuhli loaches OR 8 dwarf cories (pygmy, hasbrosus, or hastatus)
    10 male endlers OR 10 ember tetras
     
  4. aquatickeeperFishlore VIPMember

    Maybe this:

    29 gallon

    6x ember tetras
    6x neon tetras
    1x bolivian ram
    8x kuhli loach

    20 gallon tall

    8x flame tetras
    1x honey gourami
    2x platies
    6x salt and pepper cories
     
  5. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    Welcome to fishlore!
    I would do this:
    20 tall:
    12 celestial pearl danios
    8 salt and pepper cories (C. habrosus)
    2 peacock gudgeons

    29g:
    8 cardinal tetras
    8 black neon tetras (or rummynose tetras if you like them better)
    8 kuhli loaches
    1 german blue ram
    2 honey gouramis
     
  6. BlackFishMatterNew MemberMember

    I never heard of a gudgeon. They look great.

    I am definitely going to look into the gudgeons, loaches and pearl danios.

    Unfourtely my LFS is kind of lacking carying the standard popular fish but I'll keep an eye out.

    Thanks for all that responded. I'll update when further along.
     
  7. JeffKWell Known MemberMember

    Sometimes peacock gudgeons are also listed as peacock gobies (fyi)
     
  8. vikingkirkenWell Known MemberMember

    If you want something really different for the 20g, look into shelldweller cichlids!
     
  9. vikingkirkenWell Known MemberMember

    More ideas--a biotope or species tank. At first glance, species tanks may not seem exciting. But you really get a chance to see some interesting behaviors when a species has the tank to itself. Threadfin rainbows would be awesome in a 20g planted tank by themselves, or perhaps with shrimp or a couple gudgeons if you want tankmates.
     
  10. Lindsay83Valued MemberMember

    Dad says, when his goldfish die, I can have my 200ltr tank back (nice of him, I know - my tank, and i can have it back when his fish die ...is it cruel to say, "can't wait? :confused: :D), so as I'm setting up my own 28gal tank, I consider myself in a similar situation as you, OP.

    What i'm going to do with mine, is:

    200ltr/52gal (US)
    South American community tank with Tetra spp, Ram cichlid, cories.

    106ltr/28gal (US)
    South Asian Biotope OR (and this is my preferred option) Tiger Barb species tank.
     
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