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I am currently restocking my 20 gallon tank. I have had it for a little over a month with fish in it. The water is a milky white from the bacterial bloom, which I hope will go away soon, and I have started getting brown algae on my gravel. I currently have 1 angelfish, 1 hatchetfish (rest sadly died), 4 neon tetras and 4 emerald corys. I am thinking of rehoming most of these fish except the catfish to: 2 German Blue Ram (male female pair), 4 Emerald Corys, 4 JuliI corys, and 8 Cardinal Tetras. My water is: 0 nitrates and nitrites, ~7.5PH, and water temp is around 78-82F. I am adding many plants and in the process of growing them. Anything else I should add/change?
 

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I'd just do one school of cories rather than two and to me that would be a highly stocked tank. Prepare to test regularly and do frequent and large water changes.

I would also recommend waiting until your tank has finished cycling to make any stocking changes.
 

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Be mindful of the Angels and Rams...not sure if they'd start to get all ornery or not together...
 
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SFGiantsGuy said:
Be mindful of the Angels and Rams...not sure if they'd start to get all ornery or not together...
I plan on rehousing the hatchet angel and neons.
 

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What is your ammonia level. If you have 0 nitrates your tank is not cycled. The fish you have are not the best to do an in fish cycle. Make sure you condition your water every day. Also be prepared to do water changes if your ammonia gets to 1 or over.
 
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Ed1957 said:
What is your ammonia level. If you have 0 nitrates your tank is not cycled. The fish you have are not the best to do an in fish cycle. Make sure you condition your water every day. Also be prepared to do water changes if your ammonia gets to 1 or over.
I use test strips so I think the nitrates are a bit higher, I am getting the masterkit soon; the tank is a cloudy white from the bacterial bloom which I don't know much about.
 
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I have been really struggling to find fish to keep in my 20 gallon long freshwater tank. I have gravel substrate and adding live plants very soon. The only problem with my tank is the water temp and the PH. The temp is always around 79-86F max (rarely that high) and my PH is around 7.5-7.8. I have made multiple lists of fish that I wanted but either they aren't compatible or don't like the hard water. Some fish I was really looking into were: Paradise fish, gouramis and GBR's. What is everyones suggestions for top,middle and bottom dwellers that will thrive in my tank? (I am not wanting to get into breeding so I am ok with fish eating the eggs of another one)
 

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Lefky said:
I have been really struggling to find fish to keep in my 20 gallon long freshwater tank. I have gravel substrate and adding live plants very soon. The only problem with my tank is the water temp and the PH. The temp is always around 79-86F max (rarely that high) and my PH is around 7.5-7.8. I have made multiple lists of fish that I wanted but either they aren't compatible or don't like the hard water. Some fish I was really looking into were: Paradise fish, gouramis and GBR's. What is everyones suggestions for top,middle and bottom dwellers that will thrive in my tank? (I am not wanting to get into breeding so I am ok with fish eating the eggs of another one)
As long as your water parameters are constant things like GH and KH usually don't matter. Chasing numbers leads to frustration and dead fish.

You could do GBRs, Rummynose Tetras and SterbaI Corydoras. I've kept all these fish at a pH of 7.6 with no issues.
 
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Fahn said:
As long as your water parameters are constant things like GH and KH usually don't matter. Chasing numbers leads to frustration and dead fish.

You could do GBRs, Rummynose Tetras and SterbaI Corydoras. I've kept all these fish at a pH of 7.6 with no issues.
Do you think a pair of GBR’s would work? Or would I have 2 females or just 1 male or female?
 

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Lefky said:
Do you think a pair of GBR’s would work? Or would I have 2 females or just 1 male or female?
You could probably do 2 females and a male
 

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Lefky said:
Would 3 GBR’s, 6-8 rummynose, and 6 corys be ok in the tank? I plan on adding quit a few plants (below, may not add all just 1 at a time)
That stocking will be just fine.
 

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You should just get a pair of a gbr, but other than that it sounds good imo
 
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RyanC14 said:
You should just get a pair of a gbr, but other than that it sounds good imo
I was looking into 2 female and 1 male but I will try to find a pair at a store or just get 2 and hope. Would the corys eat the eggs if they have any?
 
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RyanC14 said:
Corys would likely eat the eggs
Alright I think I may go with this setup! Would the tank have to be heavily planted? I got a list of plants.

roXen said:
Cardinal tetra have a temp range of 79 F to 82 F.
My tank will most likely be a bit hotter than 82 probably more towards 84-85F. Very hard to cool it down when it is 100F outside haha.
 

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