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20 Gallon Long Fish Addition
Old 02-22-2013, 10:06 AM   #1
 
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20 Gallon Long Fish Addition

Right now my 20 gallon long has two Mickey Mouse Platys, six Neon Tetras and one Cory Catfish. I would like to add a few more Cories, and maybe a couple more Tetras, but moreso I would like to add a nice centerpiece fish, like a fancy goldfish or something else with elegant fins. Any suggestions of something that will not outgrow a 20L?
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Old 02-22-2013, 12:33 PM   #2
 
Count the goldfish out - unsuitable for more than one reason.
Focus first on getting your corey the pals he needs...then add some neons to bring your shoal up in numbers. Once those two groups are in better balance you can start worrying about adding a new species.
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Old 02-22-2013, 12:35 PM   #3
 
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I'm not an expert, but I think a goldfish would have different needs than your current fish require.

Good luck!
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Old 02-22-2013, 12:40 PM   #4
 
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Count the goldfish out - unsuitable for more than one reason.
Focus first on getting your corey the pals he needs...then add some neons to bring your shoal up in numbers. Once those two groups are in better balance you can start worrying about adding a new species.
I'm cool with that. How many Cories would you reccommend? Should I add three? And how many more Neons should I add?

Right now:

6 Neons
1 Cory
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Old 02-22-2013, 03:03 PM   #5
 
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The Cory should be in groups of at least five. They are very social and hang together a lot. At the top of the page click on the Tropical Fish Profiles, and you can read more about fish that you are contemplating purchasing for your aquarium.
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Old 02-22-2013, 03:29 PM   #6
 
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The Cory should be in groups of at least five. They are very social and hang together a lot. At the top of the page click on the Tropical Fish Profiles, and you can read more about fish that you are contemplating purchasing for your aquarium.
Thanks Freshcatch. I have looked over the profiles, but was looking for more personal answers in a discussion. I like to know what people do. I have kept SW tanks for years and in August just started my first FW aquarium since I was like 12. The rules are so different that I feel like a newbie when I ask about FW aquaria and like the rhetoric of hands on experience.

Five Cories sound good. What about the Tetras? I have six, would ten be too many? Not enough?

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Old 02-22-2013, 05:55 PM   #7
 
Do you know what your water parameters are?

Hardness and PH?

Platys and neons/cories have quite different needs and and some of your fish are going to be at best uncomfortable or might be slowly dying even.

Should find out that before adding anything else.
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:12 PM   #8
 
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With platies and their reproductive capabilities, you may not NEED any more fish!!!

I agree with adding cories and more neons. Just don't overload your tank.
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Old 02-23-2013, 07:28 AM   #9
 
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Do you know what your water parameters are?

Hardness and PH?

Platys and neons/cories have quite different needs and and some of your fish are going to be at best uncomfortable or might be slowly dying even.

Should find out that before adding anything else.
I actually do not know my params. I did a water change about a week ago and before that my last test strip said I needed one (Trates were high). pH is always around 7 or a hair above and GH is around 20.

I have had the tank up and running for 6 months and the only thing I have lost is one Cory and a Gourami. When I initially set up this tank I asked for a good stocking list here and I was told Platys, Tetras and a Gourami would be good with Cories to clean up the gravel some.
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Old 02-23-2013, 07:32 AM   #10
 
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With platies and their reproductive capabilities, you may not NEED any more fish!!!

I agree with adding cories and more neons. Just don't overload your tank.
I haven't had any signs of them reproducing. Are they like saltwater clowns and change sex if need be?
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