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post #1 of 5 Old 10-30-2010, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
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Hello, I'm new to TFK and generally new to fishkeeping. I'm planning on buying a 2o gallon tank. I want to attempt to do a planted-tank cycle. Other than that, I have no idea what to stock the tank with. I would like a fairly easy set of fish that can live well with the live plants. I also am not sure what plants to use. Just looking for some ideas, i've been looking at other posts about this here also.
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-30-2010, 04:31 PM
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Looking around is going to help you a lot as far as coming up with an idea of what fish you think are interesting. Skim through the Profiles you see linked up top and read some good books.

Planted tanks work with most species. Some will love you for it, some couldn't care either way. A few species actively rearrange the tank and so, aren't suited for planted tanks.

If I were you, setting up a 20g, I'd be looking at dwarf cichlids. They're usually not as unruly as their larger cousins, display great color, and have interesting habits.

30g SE Asian Tank
15 Lambchop Rasbora
2 Gold White Cloud Minnows
3 Dwarf Chain Loaches
2 Powder Blue Dwarf Gourami

55g Amazon Tank
2 Wild Type Angels
1 Marble Angel
1 Black Angel
1 Koi Angel
2 Bolivian Rams
14 Pristella Tetra
10 Dwarf Pencilfish
2-3 Twig Catfish (to come)
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thanks, I'll look into those dwarf cichlids.
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post #4 of 5 Old 10-31-2010, 05:48 PM
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Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.

At the head of the Aquarium Plants section, there is a series of 4 articles entitled "A Basic Approach to the Natural Planted Aquarium" that will provide lots of background information on simple planted tanks.

The Fish Profiles section (second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top) has a lot of fish species, and information for each on preferred water parameters, compatibility, numbers (many have to be in groups), etc. Knowing your tap water parameters (hardness and pH) is essential before you decide on fish since not all fish will last in any water.

As you browse these, questions may arise; don't hesitate to ask, there are lots of members with experience here.


Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #5 of 5 Old 11-04-2010, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, I have read those articles by you and they were very helpful!
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