Stocking options for a 20G tank

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Hi There!

New here but I have had fish in the past although I don't remember putting this much thought into stocking but wanted to do it right this time even though I don't recall having problems before. I have been doing some research and have come up with a few different stocking options and wanted to get some opinions before moving forward.

Details about my tank:
No Plants
Auto heater at 78

I have definitely done a little switching out of fish based on lists I have seen (which is why I am asking for opinions)

Stocking options:

#1 -------

?# x tetras (of some sort)
5 x Black Skirt Tetras
2 x Dwarf Gouramis
5 x Pana Cory

#2

6 x zebra danios
6 x lemon tetras
3 x platys
3 x pana corys
1 x 1 pygmy sucker catfish

#3

6 x cardinal tetras
2 x Black Mollies
5 x black skirt tetras
?# x sword tails
?# x Kuhli Loach

#4

2 x Dwarf Gouramis
5 x Dwarf Neon rainbow fish
5 x rummynose Tetra
4 x kuhli Loach


Or

another combo of cool colorful fish ??
 

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Sorry to say but none of these combinations will work as... the tetras, loaches and cories are schooling fish and need to be in a group of 6+. In a 20g, the number of gouramis can only be 1, as two will be aggressive and fight with each other, being that they are territorial. In a 20g, you can only do 2 schools of fish and a centerpiece fish. Your best bet would be #1 without the other school of tetras, +1 cory and -1 gourami.
 
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Interesting... as some of these i got off fish sites as a good combo.. glad I'm asking.. any other ideas? very specifically....
 
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That site seems very inaccurate. For instance, a red tailed shark gets way too big and aggressive for a 20 gallon.
 

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I will "third" everything that Dom said. I have been to that site as well. And it is very inaccurate.
 
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Ok, thanks... do you all have any specific recommendations for a community of fish? the tank is set to 78 deg... I just want some pretty fish that are not too hard to take care of while I am learning before I see if I want to get something bigger down the line...
 

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What Dom suggested would work. A Dwarf Gourami as the centerpiece, a school of tetras, and a school of cories.

EDIT: I would avoid the fin nipping tetra species with the gourami.
 

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You could do 6 harlequin rasboras - very pretty, peaceful, and easy to care for. Dwarf gourami, honey gourami, or thick-lipped gourami for a centerpiece, and 6 cory catfish for the lower level of your tank.
 
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