What more can I add? 20 Gallon Tank

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Flufeeh, Apr 4, 2010.

  1. Flufeeh

    FlufeehValued MemberMember

    Hey FL. I've had a 20g tank for about a year now. Right now it has one Betta, 1 fully grown Platy, and 5 err.. teen Platys, they're not fully grown but they're not really young either.

    Now, is it possible to get some shrimp/other fish in there? I don't care what kind or size. I'd prefer some shrimp since they look pretty interesting.

    The tank right now doesn't have much decor. I have two plastic caves and about 4 plants (all which have a bit of a green algae problem) but tomorrow I'll be buying lots and lots of plants to fill up the back and sides and I'll be getting a bigger focal piece. Thanks. :)
  2. Nutter

    NutterFishlore VIPMember

    Welcome to Fishlore Flufeeh. :;hi2

    With a Betta in the tank I wouldn't recommend adding anything. Bettas should really be kept on thier own as they don't play nice with others. Your fish will probably make a meal of things like Red Cherry Shrimp so best to give them a miss. Be carefull of adding larger shrimp as some will actually attack & eat fish. Especially the Platy Fry you now have.

    In your aquarium info you also have that your Ammonia level is "very low". If there is any reading for ammonia or nitrite at all the tank is not cycled & should not have any fish added to it. I strongly urge you to get the tank cycled properly first for the sake of your fishes health. :) Plants will help to absorb ammonia.
  3. Meenu

    MeenuFishlore VIPMember

    Hi, welcome to FL. Great advice from Nutter.
  4. OP

    FlufeehValued MemberMember

    Hey. The betta I have right now has no problems whatsoever with the current fish, since I introduced it after the platys so I'm not really worried about that.

    What I meant by very low, I meant there was none. I thought that there was always some small amount of ammonia in there.
  5. Elodea

    ElodeaWell Known MemberMember

  6. OP

    FlufeehValued MemberMember

    Thanks. My mom loves the Betta and I think a 6g or so tank will be great for her. Although it'll take at least another week before I can buy everything and transfer the Betta. It's been fine for 6 months, I don't think another week will kill it. :)
  7. Nutter

    NutterFishlore VIPMember

    It should be fine for the next week or so. The trouble with Bettas is that everything can be fine for many months & then out of the blue everything changes & they start picking on thier tank mates or being picked on them selves.

    Once you have moved the Betta out you could probably have something like a Dwarf Gourami if you want a centrepiece type fish or you could have a shoal of about 8 Harlequin rasboras or similar sized Tetra.
  8. Elodea

    ElodeaWell Known MemberMember

    I think a 6.6 bookshelf tank would be very good...it's longer than a 10 gallon and rather shallow - gives the betta room to explore.
  9. MindTravel3r

    MindTravel3rValued MemberMember

  10. Meenu

    MeenuFishlore VIPMember

    I agree about putting a cutting of the filter media directly into the new filter - it'll speed up the cycling. If you have an extra filter, you can put it on your current tank now, and it will start seeding.
  11. Jake the Fish

    Jake the FishValued MemberMember

    Flufeeh, you may not have realised but I recommended that you put your betta in a separate tank in your other thread.
  12. click

    clickWell Known MemberMember

    Welcome to Fishlore Flufeeh! What part of Romania are you from? I was born in Cj.
    We would love to see some pics of your tank if you have any.

    Enjoy the site!