This, Or That?

  1. FishInATree Initiate Member

    Hello!

    New member here, though I've lurked for a year before joining! I'm planning on stocking my 20 gallon (Aqueon 20, planted and with filter) with one of these options...which do you think is best? For aesthetics, for ease of maintenance, combination of fish.

    Info from AqAdvisor.com:

    A)
    6 Guppies
    9 Neon Tetras
    Filtration Capacity: 169%
    Water Change/week: 20%
    Stocking Level: 84%

    B)
    10 Guppies
    Filtration Capacity: 164%
    Water Change/week: 20%
    Stocking Level: 86%

    C)
    6 Guppies
    2 Dalmatian Mollies
    Filtration Capacity: 177%
    Water Change/week: 19%
    Stocking Level: 81%

    D)
    4 Guppies
    2 Dalmatian Mollies
    6 Neon Tetras
    Filtration Capacity: 169%
    Water Change/week: 20%
    Stocking Level: 84%

    Many thanks!
     
  2. goplecos Well Known Member Member

    I would do A. Just make sure that you have somewhere to put the babies.
     

  3. FishInATree Initiate Member

    I plan on getting all male Guppies/mollies. I DO NOT want babies!
     
  4. FishFish221 Well Known Member Member

    Either A or B (with a school of harlequin rasboras) would be good.
     

  5. goplecos Well Known Member Member

    I have heard a lot of success stories about all male colonies, But I have had disastrous results in a heavily planted 29 gallon with hiding places (guppies) and a heavily planted 55 gallon with even more hiding places (mollies). It could work just keep in mind that there is a chance of the males killing each other.
     
  6. FishInATree Initiate Member

    Bah. I was hoping this wouldn't happen. I've been researching (aka lurking) and there seems to be a wide range of experiences, from disastrous to thriving.

    Would it make a difference if it wasn't heavily planted? My tank will have plenty of hiding places but it's not a jungle.
     
  7. FishInATree Initiate Member

    Harlequin rasporas instead of the neon tetras? I'm a guppy fan.
     

  8. goplecos Well Known Member Member

    It could, but really it just depends on the fish. It really depends on weather you want to take that chance. I would, but make sure you have someone to take the fish if they are aggressive.
     
  9. FishFish221 Well Known Member Member

    They tend to be hardier than farm raised neon tetras (which is what you would probably get when you go to the LFS unless it is specifically labeled as wild ones) that are always being inbred to meet up with consumer demands. You could also have more harlequin rasboras in a tank than neons.
     
  10. FishInATree Initiate Member

    Oooo...I'll look into it, thank you!
     

  11. FishInATree Initiate Member

    I compared the water requirements for both the guppy and h. rasboras, and it looks like the RH like different PH values than the guppy. Have you had any issues with keeping them both?
     
  12. el337 Fishlore Legend Member

    I would say either A or B as well. You would need at least a 30g for mollies.

    Unless wild-caught, most fish can adapt to just about any pH.
     
  13. Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

    Welcome to fishlore!
    Is this a 20g high or long?
     
  14. Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

    Welcome to fishlore!
    Is this a 20g high or long?
     
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  17. Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

    A blank post? Did you have a computer error?
     
  18. aquatickeeper Fishlore VIP Member

    What are the dimensions? Dimensions can greatly effect your stocking ideas.