Would this over stock a tank

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by RKennedy923, Jul 23, 2015.

  1. RKennedy923New MemberMember

    Keep in Mind no fish are in the tank yet, just wondering. Would this fish combo work in a 20 gallon high tank.

    12 neon tetras
    1 dwarf gourami
    6 Cories

    can I get anything else in here?

    Thanks in advance
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2015
  2. kidster9700Well Known MemberMember

    i think its a little overstocked. i would only do the cories or the hatchetfish. maybe not both. and then get another dwarf gourami instead. lets see what else people think, though.

  3. RKennedy923New MemberMember

    Maybe I could sub out the hatchetfish for 1-2 more dwarf gouramis. Do hatchetfish actually have to school?

    Last edited: Jul 23, 2015
  4. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    Gouramis stay middle to top so they could work instead of the hatchetfish.

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  5. RKennedy923New MemberMember

    So let's say I sub the hatchetfish for a few more dwarf gouramis, how many more could I get? Is there something that can table the hatchetfish's spot up there that is already not on the list? Thanks in advance.
  6. CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

    I'd say that stocking is fine, you could add another gourami but make sure they're male & female or two females as two males would argue over territory
  7. ToniaWell Known MemberMember

    I agree with Coradee. There is a risk adding too many gourami's to a tank. Most of the time, you will see males in the pet store tanks. The reasoning is that males tend to have brighter colors which is what the customers want.

    I personally like your original stocking plan.
  8. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    If you decide not to do the hatchetfish, you could do a larger school of neons. That would look really pretty.
  9. tyguy7760Fishlore VIPMember

    I wouldn't get anymore than 1 dwarf gourami. Most fish stores only carry males as the females are not as pretty. If you go to the LFS and get 2 or 3 dwarf gourami's then your chances of getting more than 1 male is very high. If you can find a female or two to go with your male then that is an option but don't plan on that until you check to see if you can even get a female. They may be able to order you one though.

    I agree with TexasDomer. Get rid of the hatchets and expand your school of neons or other tetra to 8 or maybe 10 depending on the type of tetra/schooling fish you go with.

    I will say that your original stock I think would be fine. It seems a bit overstocked to me but not greatly and I would think if you keep up with your water changes you would be fine.
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2015
  10. KarenLMWell Known MemberMember

    I personally would go with:

    1 male Gourami, centerpiece fish
    6 cories
    12 neons.

    I like the looks of one big school rather than two smaller ones.
  11. RKennedy923New MemberMember

    New update at the top, what do you think here? I would really like to get at least a few of one more species in here, not sure if it's possible.
  12. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    That looks like a good stocking plan. If you really wanted to add something else, you could do a few male guppies?
  13. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    I think that would make the tank overstocked with the guppies.

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  14. RKennedy923New MemberMember

    Does anybody else think it would be overstocked if I added two male guppies. What about adding a few tetras instead if guppies, would that make it overstocked?

    when I say tetras or I mean something like bleeding heart tetras or white skirt tetras.
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2015
  15. tyguy7760Fishlore VIPMember

    It's close. You might be able to get a guppy or two in there. You could always cut back the school of neons some. Definitely not platy's. Make sure to do all male. If you get multiple male guppies keep a close eye on them. If your tank is overstocked, your guppies will start to fight and kill each other. If they are comfortable, then they will get a long fine

    I have 3 male guppies in my 36g bowfront and they hang out all the time. Some arguing but no damage. I would suspect those same 3 male guppies in an overstocked tank may rip each other to shreds.

    I think you are pretty stocked. Tetras will take up less room and less bioload than the guppies so you are more likely to add more tetras than guppies.

    Plus you always run the risk of getting a slightly more aggressive than normal dwarf gourami and him not liking the guppies. Guppy tails resemble food to many fish and since they will occupy the same space, he may not like them. A normal DG should be fine but DG's are like betta's. It all depends on that individual fish.

    You could try something like this

    1 Dwarf Gourami
    8 Neon Tetras
    6 Cory Cats
    2 Male Guppies (Just keep an eye on them at first and make sure they get along.
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  16. RKennedy923New MemberMember

    So what about this stocking idea

    8 neon tetras
    1 dwarf gourami
    6 cories
    how many tetras here
  17. tyguy7760Fishlore VIPMember

    Assuming you meant guppies, I'd go with 2 males.
  18. KarenLMWell Known MemberMember

    Tetras are schooling fish so you need 6+ of each species - your tank IMO is too small for another school of tetra.
  19. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    Agreed, I would either up the number of neons or the cories.
  20. kidster9700Well Known MemberMember

    I wouldn't up the cories since it's only a 20H and I don't really think there's enough ground space for more than six. That's just IMO though

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