20 Gallon Tank Swordtails And Schooling Fish

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So I have a 20 gallon high that I want to stock more. I'm very interested in lyretail swordtails but I see that their is a large debate on whether or not they should be kept in a 20 or a 30 gallon at minimum. If not what would you all suggest in adding to the tank in terms of livebearers? (I already have a few guppies in there). I would also like a variety of schooling fish, preferably a small species, any suggestions?

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pH: 6.8-7
temperature: 78
All water I use is from an R/O unit so it is very pure
Filter is a Top Fin Power 40

Stocking Now:
3 (soon to be 4) Emerald Green Cories
3 Male Guppies
1 Female Betta (very docile in nature, never flares and has been living in a community tank since she was the size of a guppy)
 

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Up the cories to six they are schooling fish and maybe you could fit a school of neons in there not sure check aquaadvisor
 
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Epicoz said:
Up the cories to six they are schooling fish and maybe you could fit a school of neons in there not sure check aquaadvisor
I have worked with Aqadvisor and because of my filter I can fit neons but I'm concerned about the temperature because they prefer cooler temperatures than my other fish
 

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They look cramped in a standard 20. A 20 high wouldn't be enough horizontal room.
 

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Yeah sorry didn’t think of that rummynose or do you have a preference you could get more guppies or just a centerpiece
 

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caitlinemm said:
So I have a 20 gallon high that I want to stock more. I'm very interested in lyretail swordtails but I see that their is a large debate on whether or not they should be kept in a 20 or a 30 gallon at minimum. If not what would you all suggest in adding to the tank in terms of livebearers? (I already have a few guppies in there). I would also like a variety of schooling fish, preferably a small species, any suggestions?

Parameters:
pH: 6.8-7
temperature: 78
All water I use is from an R/O unit so it is very pure
Filter is a Top Fin Power 40

Stocking Now:
3 (soon to be 4) Emerald Green Cories
3 Male Guppies
1 Female Betta (very docile in nature, never flares and has been living in a community tank since she was the size of a guppy)
I would up your corys to 6 then add a platy or 2 their not really schoolers but they will hang out together even if you pick a couple different colors.. I believe swordtails can get to 4-5-6" that's why their probably not reccomended. (platy are livebearers also )
As far as a schooling fish look for a nano schooling fish and you could probably add 8-10 that would give the top to middle a nice look
 
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Epicoz said:
Yeah sorry didn’t think of that rummynose or do you have a preference you could get more guppies or just a centerpiece
The thought of getting more guppies crossed my mind because the ones I have currently behave kind of like schooling fish, and they are gorgeous
 

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They do hang out together but are considered social fish since they don't show true schooling behaviour.
 

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