Upgrade To 20 Long

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I finally wore my family down enough to get them to agree to a 20 long. I’ll be putting my 12 danios in there, and getting some panda corys. My poor overstocked danios will have so much space.

I have so many questions here, y’all.

1.They agreed to let me set the tank up the week of the 24th. What should I start finding and buying now?

2.a. Would two 50-watt heaters be enough?
b.What filter should I get? I already have a Quietflow 10, so I might get a second smaller filter and use them together. Is that a bad idea?

3. Are there any really easy live plants that I could use without specialized lighting? I couldn’t get the rest of the household to agree to more expensive lights.

4. Where is the best placement for the tank?

Thanks.
 

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1. Tank deco, gravel, live plants and any equiptment you need.

2. The heaters should be ok, but I would get a filter good for a 25 gallon

3. Java fern and Java moss are very easy to keep. So is anacharis, which I reccomend all of them for a 20 gallon

4. Not in direct sunlight, but in a place with "in
-direct sunlight" This means somewhere where sunlight can bounce of a wall or something before it hits your tank. Just somewhere bright really, but not directly in the sun.
 

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The Quietflow 10 isn’t going to be enough filtration at only 5x turnover. It will get you started but when you add the corys you will definitely need more filtration. I would shoot for something in the 200gph range.
 
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Do I need to order/buy the stand now? What should I look for in a stand?
 

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The Imagitarium stand is a decent stand. I currently have my 20 gal long on one. I did modify it though and put an oak top on top of the stand. I wanted a little more space on the sides and back of it. They are good value priced stands and readily available.
 

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Its always great to upgrade!
I bet the danios are very excited.

1 - I would get the stand, light, heater, and I would buy the filter, but if your ordering your plants online, wait until about a week before buying the tank to order them.
Or if your getting those from your LFS just go there and get them the day you get the tank, If your getting them online, get them now.

2 -The heaters should be good, (suggested above)
Also, like she said above.. Just get a new filter and put your media in it, you can always save your filter for another tank, or just run it on your 20 gallon, with another filter.

On my 20 gallon long, I have the SUNSUN JP-082.
It does a great job, and has a built in bubbler.

3 - I would just do the basics, like Mary suggested.
Those are all easy plants, but maybe get Flourish, and Flourish Root Tabs to encourage growth.

4 - I would not do it by a window, plants can be choked by the growth of algae.
Like suggested above.

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A Brooklyn Imagitarium Stand would do great.
I have my 20 gallon on my dresser, but it takes up a lot of room. lol
 
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Is BDBS safe for cories? If so, medium or fine grit?
 

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corywand said:
I finally wore my family down enough to get them to agree to a 20 long. I’ll be putting my 12 danios in there, and getting some panda corys. My poor overstocked danios will have so much space.

I have so many questions here, y’all.

1.They agreed to let me set the tank up the week of the 24th. What should I start finding and buying now?

2.a. Would two 50-watt heaters be enough?
b.What filter should I get? I already have a Quietflow 10, so I might get a second smaller filter and use them together. Is that a bad idea?

3. Are there any really easy live plants that I could use without specialized lighting? I couldn’t get the rest of the household to agree to more expensive lights.

4. Where is the best placement for the tank?

Thanks.
I have panda corys and its impossible for me to keep up with all their fry xD
 

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corywand said:
Is BDBS safe for cories? If so, medium or fine grit?
Definitely get medium grit. Fine is too fine, imo.
 
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rablalock said:
I have panda corys and its impossible for me to keep up with all their fry xD
Do they eat their fry? Would the danios?
 

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corywand said:
Do they eat their fry? Would the danios?
I have never seen my corry fry being eaten before but I'm sure it happens.
 
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Are there any particular brands of aquarium stand that are trustworthy? Any that I shouldn’t approach?
What size stand does a 20 long need? Is it the same size as a 29 gallon stand?
 

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The measurements of a 20 gallon long is 30x12x12.
They are the same footprint of the 29 gallon, but I bet you could just buy the 20 gallon one for cheaper.

I would just go for the Imagitarium Brooklyn Stands.
They are very trustworthy.
 
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