Stocking A 20 Gal?

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by wolfgangfish, Jul 13, 2018.

  1. wolfgangfishValued MemberMember

    yo, so I finally got around to buying a 20g for my 3 Platy (all female) and I was thinking I might wanna add some variety to the tank. Any ideas? Water temp is 80f and I have a bubbler and filter going, sand vac and 20-30% water change weekly. Tank is cycled and has some live plants (thinking about trying my hand at carpeting but that’s a whole other thread) any ideas on some peaceful fish who’ll do fine in a 20g with 3 Platy?

  2. AquaticJFishlore VIPMember

    Is this a 20 tall (24 in) or a 20 long (30 in)?

  3. BottomDwellerFishlore VIPMember

  4. wolfgangfishValued MemberMember

    20 long

    Oooh I’ve always liked panda cories, I’d need a sand substrate wouldn’t i? (Its bare bottome right now)
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  5. AquaticJFishlore VIPMember

    Then @BottomDweller offeres some good suggestions :)
  6. BottomDwellerFishlore VIPMember

    A sandy substrate would be ideal:)

    Also speaking from experience may I recommend a dark coloured sand. I have a very understocked tank with white sand which has water changes every other day but still looks awful because the poop sits in top of the white sand and really stands out.
  7. techfoolWell Known MemberMember

    I love panda cories so vote for them. Is the water hard?
    I've given up on tetras in hard water.
    You could get a bristlenose catfish. They max out at about 4 inches though I did see a monster variety in the LFS. They do dig up plants. Mine digs up all the plants around his hidey-hole so the aquascape in that tank is a bit rubbish but I love her more than I love the plants.
    Cherry barbs are peaceful and the males colour up very red once they settle in. They don't need to be in big numbers either.
    I love danios for their activity and joie de vivre and they help shyer fish feel more confident.
    The fish I recommend do well at lower temperatures, I run my main tank on the cool side. In summer the heater doesn't even come on.
  8. wolfgangfishValued MemberMember

    I was thinking white sand bc it would be easier to see the poop to pick up but I’ll think I’ll take your advice on the dark sand, them Platy are waste machines lol
  9. saleraNew MemberMember

    I would go with cories or otos, both are cool bottom fish, The cories are tons of fun when they play personally I love the salt and pepper or skunk
  10. BottomDwellerFishlore VIPMember

    This tank only has a couple of shrimp and snails and I siphon out waste every other day lol 20180714_094739.jpg
  11. wolfgangfishValued MemberMember

    ok so this is how i plan on stocking, lemme know what you think: 3 all female platy (no chance of babes) about 5 panda cories, and a honey gourami. think this will be alright for a 20 g? (wouldn't add them all at once of course)
  12. BottomDwellerFishlore VIPMember

    That would be fine for a 20. I would probably do a couple more cories personally.

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