20 gallon long compatability/stocking help - Page 2
Tropical Fish

Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources » Freshwater Fish and Aquariums » Beginner Freshwater Aquarium » 20 gallon long compatability/stocking help

20 gallon long compatability/stocking help

This is a discussion on 20 gallon long compatability/stocking help within the Beginner Freshwater Aquarium forums, part of the Freshwater Fish and Aquariums category; --> 2-8" for corys?? Try 2-3". Emerald corys can exceed 4 inches, but they aren't really corys. Also, 8" is pretty big for a BN. ...

Check out these freshwater fish profiles
Convict Cichlids
Convict Cichlids
Leopold Angelfish
Leopold Angelfish
Reply
LinkBack Thread Tools vBmenu Seperating Image Search this Thread vBmenu Seperating Image
20 gallon long compatability/stocking help
Old 08-12-2012, 12:21 AM   #11
 
jaysee's Avatar
 
2-8" for corys?? Try 2-3". Emerald corys can exceed 4 inches, but they aren't really corys. Also, 8" is pretty big for a BN. The size of a BN is largely dependent on the sex of the fish - females being smaller.

I agree - the tank isn't anywhere near large enough for 2 species of gourami. Also, blood fins should be kept in larger groups.

If you can't keep a proper school, then you shouldn't keep the fish. It is not acceptable to only keep a couple fish because that's all you have room for. That's part of the responsibility
jaysee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2012, 12:33 AM   #12
 
Olympia's Avatar
 
Don't forget 8" bloodfin tetra? Uhh, we have profiles that say fish sizes.

You know- it's much more rewarding to keep a full school of fish and watch them interact with each other than it is to have a few lonesome fish that will likely be dull and shy.
Olympia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2012, 01:34 AM   #13
 
thenewguy's Avatar
 
ok. ty guys for all the help :) i guess i will eventually have 7 tetras, 5 corys, 4 otos, and a honey gourami. And i kinda think 5 corys and 4 otos is alot for a tank.... better stock up on bottom feeder pellets :D

EDIT: only other question i have is if the otos will be ok again back in my tank. if the first one i had died within 3 days maybe my water cant support them. anyone care to enlighten me?

Last edited by thenewguy; 08-12-2012 at 01:41 AM..
thenewguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2012, 02:13 AM   #14
 
newtchaplin's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by thekoimaiden View Post
I would probably go for the otos over the pleco. Pleco tend to have a very large bioload and are basically poop machines. They also stray away from algae when they get older and need more meat in their diets. Otos are true algae eaters that will keep your tank clean for life.

If you went with those, a good stocking plan would be: 5 cories, 4 otos, 7 tetra, and 1 honey gourami. Putting two male gourami in a tank of this size is not a good idea as they will not have sufficient space to establish territories.
Your right two male gourami's would be a bad idea. I have one male to 3 females. And only have one male in my 20 with 6 cory's. Pleco's are known to be algae eaters but in reality they can not survive with only algae. Otto's are better for algae eating.
newtchaplin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2012, 02:18 AM   #15
 
newtchaplin's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by thenewguy View Post
ok. the kind of cory i have is julii which grow to 2" max. and on this site the profile for the bristlenose pleco says that it would be fine with other fish in a 20 gallon. plus with 3-4 otos instead of the pleco, the total inch value would be 6-8 sooo.... bristelnose pleco would be a fine substitute for otos IMO.

EDIT: newtchaplin, it says ur tank has only 2 otos, are they doing fine in a small group? maybe i could just put two of those in?
I have only had 2 per tank they swim and chill with all 7 cory's. Lots of plants for shelter and turned over small pots for hides. They say you need 4+ but no you don't. All 4 otto's are around 4 years old and doing very well.
newtchaplin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2012, 02:23 AM   #16
 
newtchaplin's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by jaysee View Post
2-8" for corys?? Try 2-3". Emerald corys can exceed 4 inches, but they aren't really corys. Also, 8" is pretty big for a BN. The size of a BN is largely dependent on the sex of the fish - females being smaller.

I agree - the tank isn't anywhere near large enough for 2 species of gourami. Also, blood fins should be kept in larger groups.

If you can't keep a proper school, then you shouldn't keep the fish. It is not acceptable to only keep a couple fish because that's all you have room for. That's part of the responsibility
there are over 142 species of corydoras, and they range from 1"-4.7", not including the giant emerald which grows 4-6". Yes females are larger then males. Anyone is allowed to do and stock a tank anyway they see fit.
newtchaplin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2012, 02:28 AM   #17
 
newtchaplin's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by thenewguy View Post
ok. ty guys for all the help :) i guess i will eventually have 7 tetras, 5 corys, 4 otos, and a honey gourami. And i kinda think 5 corys and 4 otos is alot for a tank.... better stock up on bottom feeder pellets :D

EDIT: only other question i have is if the otos will be ok again back in my tank. if the first one i had died within 3 days maybe my water cant support them. anyone care to enlighten me?
Don't use water from your garden hose, contains traces of rubber or other chemicals. Always use water conditioner before adding to tank. Or leave water out for 24 hours. Do a 100% water change and clean and sanitize everything in the tank. Boil all bedding for 45-60 min. If you had an outbreak of any kind it will be in the tank if you just fill up and start again. Take it down and sanitize the crap out of it.
newtchaplin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2012, 07:38 AM   #18
 
Olympia's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by newtchaplin View Post
there are over 142 species of corydoras, and they range from 1"-4.7", not including the giant emerald which grows 4-6". Yes females are larger then males. Anyone is allowed to do and stock a tank anyway they see fit.
Then why did you say cories get to 8"? As well as bloodfins and BNs.

Hmm, I think the cories and Otos are fine together. They are sensitive imports so that may be why your first one died.
Posted via Mobile Device
Olympia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2012, 10:49 AM   #19
 
jaysee's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by newtchaplin View Post
there are over 142 species of corydoras, and they range from 1"-4.7", not including the giant emerald which grows 4-6". Yes females are larger then males. Anyone is allowed to do and stock a tank anyway they see fit.
As I said, the emerald cory is not a cory. So tell me about this 8 inch cory of which you speak. Female BN plecos are not larger than males.



I have NEVER had to boil or sanitize the crap out of anything in any of my tanks. That is waaaaaay overkill. You are never going to have a perfectly clean environment for the fish, just like you and I will never have a perfectly clean living space. Diseases and such are EVERYWHERE, and there's nothing you can do about it. That's why it's important to keep the fish as stress free as possible, so that their immune systems can handle it. That's why it's important to keep fish in proper schools and the like. No doubt people can keep fish alive in less than ideal conditions for years - there are plenty of videos on youtube of awfully stocked tanks. That doesn't make it okay to keep the fish in equally poor conditions, because someone else does it.

But at the end of the day, it's your tank, and you are the one that has to look at it everyday.
jaysee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2012, 10:50 AM   #20
 
Olympia's Avatar
 
If someone is on a forum for advice, then we can assume they want the best advice possible and that's what we do.
Olympia is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Stocking a 30 Gallon Long emeraldsky Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 4 05-31-2012 11:06 AM
Stocking a 20 gallon long combray Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 6 08-10-2011 07:42 PM
20 Gallon Long stocking list beat2020 Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 5 05-26-2010 04:02 PM
Marine fish compatability, creating a stocking list Pasfur Saltwater General Articles 1 03-04-2010 02:41 PM
Stocking a 20 gallon long Rhykiru Freshwater and Tropical Fish 2 10-27-2007 11:26 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:00 AM.