Question Which Stocking For 20 Long?

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Hey guys, just wondering what I should do to finalize the stock on my 1 1/2 yr old 20 gallon long.

Current stock:
1x male honey gourami
4x black kuhli
5x striped kuhli
some shrimp/snails

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I was wondering what stocking I should go with to finalize it all ...

1x long fin blue eyed bn/albino bn
2x honey gourami
4x black kuhli
5x striped kuhli
shrimp/snails

or this?

3-4x honey gourami
4x black kuhli
5x striped kuhli
shrimp/snails
 

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I prefer the second option. Imo, you'll get interesting behaviors when you keep honey gouramis in a group. Either way, I agree with Anders247 that either options would work fine.
 
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Anders247 said:
Either one would be fine. Do you not want any schooling fish for the top? You have room.
I didn't know what kind would be suitable. The plants have grown in slightly above halfway the height of the tank and I don't want any schooling fish that would always hide in the plants, you know? Of course if anyone has any suggestions... then on the other hand, I do really like the blue eyed bristlenose.

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I prefer the second option. Imo, you'll get interesting behaviors when you keep honey gouramis in a group. Either way, I agree with Anders247 that either options would work fine.
Have you ever kept them in a group? I've read a lot of people recommending a group but I can never find anyone sharing their experience with it. Getting more than 2 makes me a little nervous because i'm not the best at sexing them since they're the gold honey gouramI variety but seeing multiple of them interact sounds really neat.
 

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I used to keep 6 in a 30. I had a mixed sex and one of the males was in breeding colors. Other than that, they do really well together, including males.
 

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I would also pick option 2 and get the honeys some friends.

Another suggestion is adding a small group of galaxy rasboras. Maybe 8 or so if you wanna keep bioload low. They are shoaling fish and since your tank looks quite well planted, you will find them to be really outgoing and active. I keep 12 in my 20 gallon planted community with my solo honey gourami, together with some corydoras hastatus.
 
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imba said:
I would also pick option 2 and get the honeys some friends.

Another suggestion is adding a small group of galaxy rasboras. Maybe 8 or so if you wanna keep bioload low. They are shoaling fish and since your tank looks quite well planted, you will find them to be really outgoing and active. I keep 12 in my 20 gallon planted community with my solo honey gourami, together with some corydoras hastatus.
You know what, that's an awesome idea. I think it'll go with this stocking plan. I never considered galaxy rasboras before because my local store never gets them but i've been ordering from a store in another city and they have all kinds of nano fish.

How does your honey get along with the rasboras?
 

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Ravynn said:
You know what, that's an awesome idea. I think it'll go with this stocking plan. I never considered galaxy rasboras before because my local store never gets them but i've been ordering from a store in another city and they have all kinds of nano fish.

How does your honey get along with the rasboras?
No issues, and they've been together for more than 6 months. They coexist well and eat the same food. My male honey has 0 aggression in him.

For your 20 long, I'd be inclined to go with 12 rasboras or more, say 5 males and 7 females.
 

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