Stocking Suggestions For A 20 Gal Long

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Hello! I was hoping to get some suggestions as I'd like a bright but peaceful center fish for my 20 gal long (As well as some small tetras if possible). My tank looks pretty empty right now in mid and upper regions!

Here are the current fish in the tank. Cory cats are not subject to change.

x10 Guppies
x3 Agassiz's Corydoras
x10 Bladder Snails

I have a Top Fin Power Filter 20 and have 4 plants in the aquarium as well as other hidey spots for the Cory Cats. Any help is appreciated!
 

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Cories should be at least 6 for their peace of mind. Otherwise they'll be stressed and have shorter lives.

Other than that I'd say you're fully stocked but someone else would have to confirm that.
 

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pixelhoot said:
Hello! I was hoping to get some suggestions as I'd like a bright but peaceful center fish for my 20 gal long (As well as some small tetras if possible). My tank looks pretty empty right now in mid and upper regions!

Here are the current fish in the tank. Cory cats are not subject to change.

x10 Guppies
x3 Agassiz's Corydoras
x10 Bladder Snails

I have a Top Fin Power Filter 20 and have 4 plants in the aquarium as well as other hidey spots for the Cory Cats. Any help is appreciated!
Make the stocking list like this-
1 Honey Gourami
4 male Guppy
6 corys
6 Rummy Nose Tetra
5 Bladder Snails.
 

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I used to have 6 male guppies, a honey gourami, and my beloved school of Colombian Tetras. Overstocked? Definitely. But it worked for a while. If you want a centerpiece, I'd suggest either a honey gourami, german or bolivian rams, or maybe even a pair of friendlier apistos. Lots of options for tetras as well.
 
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Hello all! Sorry for the delayed reply. My computer crashed and stopped working! I had to take it to a friend's and he found it was a graphics driver error (whoops!). All better now.

This aside, I'll address these in order
When I first got the Cory Cats, I did some research beforehand and saw that they do their best in schools, but would be okay in a small group. They haven't shown any signs of stress currently and love playing together after dark. I am planning on getting more Cories, though! They are super cute and I'd love to see them school. :>
Would a couple of changes to the list be okay? Such as a Dwarf GouramI or Neon Tetras? I don't think they sell Honeys or Rummy Noses at the LFS :s
Hahahaha I feel you. Used to have waaay too many guppies cause they bred so much and was constantly giving them away! I think I'm gonna hold back on getting a Cichlid until I know more about aquariums and feel confident enough. Thank you for the suggestion, though! I'll keep it in mind in the future. Such beautiful fish!
 

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pixelhoot said:
Hello all! Sorry for the delayed reply. My computer crashed and stopped working! I had to take it to a friend's and he found it was a graphics driver error (whoops!). All better now.

This aside, I'll address these in order
When I first got the Cory Cats, I did some research beforehand and saw that they do their best in schools, but would be okay in a small group. They haven't shown any signs of stress currently and love playing together after dark. I am planning on getting more Cories, though! They are super cute and I'd love to see them school. :>
Would a couple of changes to the list be okay? Such as a Dwarf GouramI or Neon Tetras? I don't think they sell Honeys or Rummy Noses at the LFS :s
Hahahaha I feel you. Used to have waaay too many guppies cause they bred so much and was constantly giving them away! I think I'm gonna hold back on getting a Cichlid until I know more about aquariums and feel confident enough. Thank you for the suggestion, though! I'll keep it in mind in the future. Such beautiful fish!
I've only ever had bad experiences with DGs. And there are lots of smaller cichlids that are easy to care for and non-aggressive. You'd just only get one, not a pair.
 
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Oh okay! I might consider it then. I'm really cautious about keeping more aggressive species in general. I really hope I can find some at my LFS. If not, do you know of any companies that can ship their fish to me in a humane way?
 

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pixelhoot said:
Oh okay! I might consider it then. I'm really cautious about keeping more aggressive species in general. I really hope I can find some at my LFS. If not, do you know of any companies that can ship their fish to me in a humane way?
I'm not into ordering my fish online, but I'm sure LiveAquaria is pretty good. I'm getting a single Bolivian Ram for my 20 either tomorrow or Saturday. It'll be my first cichlid, pretty pumped. I mean if you can keep it with a guppy, I'd say it's not too aggressive. Most of the dwarf or ram cichlids can be good community fish if kept alone, their aggression only really comes from breeding. That's why they'll all be labelled as 'semi-aggressive'.
 

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I think you can add a bolivian ram and 5 more cories for the bottom.
 

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Another centerpiece option would be angelfish if you are interested in that . Yet the tank size is their minimum so that could be overstocking.
 
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Yeah I actually noted a lot of the center fish listed have a base space of 20+ gal, but Bolivian Rams and Gouramis seem to be the most promising. :>
 

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Angelfish need a 29 gallon minimum, a 20 is not tall enough for them.
 
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