Stocking A 20 gallon Tank

  • Thread starter

jtwizz

Valued Member
Messages
97
Reaction score
53
Points
63
Experience
5 to 10 years
Hi all! I'm relatively new here, and I firstly want to thank everyone I've encountered so far, who have educated me on the proper way to keep my goldfish. I am planning to rehome my babies to a large tank or pond soon, but in the meantime I am looking ahead to what kind of fish I can keep in the 20 gallon tank that will be vacated. I do not want anything tropical as I prefer not to have to mess about with heaters. I don't care for Bettas so that's out. I have three young kids who like to watch lots of fish swim around, so if there's some kind that I could get a lot of (without overstocking of course) that would be ideal. Thanks in advance!
 

BottomDweller

Fishlore VIP
Messages
9,382
Reaction score
5,893
Points
598
Experience
5 to 10 years
I would still recommend getting a heater to keep the temperature stable.

You could have
8-10 WCMM or CPD Or 6-8 Odessa barbs, gold barbs, Buenos aires tetras, bloodfin tetras, leopard danios, glo danios or zebra danios.
3 variatus platies
6-8 peppered cories
5 amano shrimp
2 nerite snails
MaddieTaylah said:
Zebra danios, white cloud mountain minnows, bloodfin tetras, buenos aires tetras, dojo loaches, pearl danios & red cherry shrimp are all cold water inhabitants that would be suitable for your tank and are relatively common in pet stores.
Dojo loaches need a 4 foot tank minimum
 

MaddieTaylah

Well Known Member
Messages
603
Reaction score
289
Points
78
Experience
5 to 10 years
BottomDweller said:
I would still recommend getting a heater to keep the temperature stable.

You could have
8-10 WCMM or CPD Or 6-8 Odessa barbs, gold barbs, Buenos aires tetras, bloodfin tetras, leopard danios, glo danios or zebra danios.
3 variatus platies
6-8 peppered cories
5 amano shrimp
2 nerite snails

Dojo loaches need a 4 foot tank minimum
Oops, okay then.
 

BottomDweller

Fishlore VIP
Messages
9,382
Reaction score
5,893
Points
598
Experience
5 to 10 years
Yeah it's just because they usually get to around 10 inches and are pretty active (at least mine are) and are social.
 

MaddieTaylah

Well Known Member
Messages
603
Reaction score
289
Points
78
Experience
5 to 10 years
BottomDweller said:
Yeah it's just because they usually get to around 10 inches and are pretty active (at least mine are) and are social.
I didn't know haha! I just knew they were cold water fish so I wrote them on my list forgetting about the fact that's it's only a 20 gallon tank.
 
  • Thread starter

jtwizz

Valued Member
Messages
97
Reaction score
53
Points
63
Experience
5 to 10 years
BottomDweller said:
I would still recommend getting a heater to keep the temperature stable.
The temperature in my house is quite stable. we keep it at 72 degrees F year-round, and the tank is located in the main living area. I do have a thermometer in the tank to monitor temperature changes but it's never gone below 70. I'd be more concerned about it getting too warm during the late spring/early summer months before we start the air conditioners. (it has been as high as 84).

BottomDweller said:
You could have
8-10 WCMM or CPD Or 6-8 Odessa barbs, gold barbs, Buenos aires tetras, bloodfin tetras, leopard danios, glo danios or zebra danios.
3 variatus platies
6-8 peppered cories
5 amano shrimp
2 nerite snails
Is all that for one tank? or would it be an either/or situation? Also, I have kept snails in the past, and had issues with their shells getting holes in them. what causes that and how might i prevent it in the future?
 

BottomDweller

Fishlore VIP
Messages
9,382
Reaction score
5,893
Points
598
Experience
5 to 10 years
Yeah all for one tank but take note of the "or". Just do one school.

I think the shells getting holes is if the hardness or Ph is too low but I could be wrong.

I would class 84f as tropical lol
 

MaddieTaylah

Well Known Member
Messages
603
Reaction score
289
Points
78
Experience
5 to 10 years
Yeah, I believe the holes in the shells might be caused by a lack of calcium.
 
  • Thread starter

jtwizz

Valued Member
Messages
97
Reaction score
53
Points
63
Experience
5 to 10 years
That's so odd. The tap water where I live is super hard.

BottomDweller said:
I would class 84f as tropical lol
Yea it's usually only like that for a couple days at the end of may/beginning of June before I get too hot and make my husband put the air conditioners in lol
 
Toggle Sidebar

New Threads

Similar Threads

Aquarium Calculator

Aquarium Photo Contests

Follow FishLore!

FishLore on Social Media





Top Bottom