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post #21 of 27 Old 04-02-2010, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
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post #22 of 27 Old 04-02-2010, 08:21 PM
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A 20 gallon is too small for angel fish, do research to find out the recommended size of tanks for the fish you are contemplating. When you purchase a fish you have to take into consideration their adult size, not their purchased size. I too was given a free 20 gallon and I'm making it a Tetra tank (lots of good looking Tetras out there) as overcrowding is so easy to do with a smaller aquarium.

Here is a stocking calculator that will help you out. Bookmark it and use it when ever you go to add fish to your tank:

http://aqadvisor.com/AqAdvisor.php?A...rchMode=simple
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A 20 gallon is too small for angel fish, do research to find out the recommended size of tanks for the fish you are contemplating. When you purchase a fish you have to take into consideration their adult size, not their purchased size. I too was given a free 20 gallon and I'm making it a Tetra tank (lots of good looking Tetras out there) as overcrowding is so easy to do with a smaller aquarium.

Here is a stocking calculator that will help you out. Bookmark it and use it when ever you go to add fish to your tank:

http://aqadvisor.com/AqAdvisor.php?A...rchMode=simple
well this is where i get my info from. though that website is very helpful. thanks

http://www.fishlore.com/
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post #24 of 27 Old 04-03-2010, 10:11 AM
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rsn is correct. An anglefish can not live happily and healthy in a 20g tank. They eventually grow to 8+ inches with long flowing fins making them even longer.
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so what do you think i should put in besides angelfish
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post #26 of 27 Old 04-03-2010, 01:36 PM
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Well. I would say Rams, but I suspect you're a bit new to fish keeping and that wouldn't work terribly well. I'd go with guppies then. Get some males and females and let em go at it. Then you'll have LOTS of guppies. Of course, get a smaller pleco species. ;3
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post #27 of 27 Old 04-03-2010, 07:39 PM
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Following through this thread, I gather you want some sort of "centrepiece" fish plus the smaller shoaling (schooling) fish like a tetra, and obviously the bottom fish being a small pleco and shrimp.

If that surmise is accurate, and if your water is at pH 6 out of the tap, you have almost endless possibilities. Livebearers were mentioned along the way, they are not suitable for acidic soft water. But among the soft acidic water fish...

A pair of dwarf cichlids would suit a 20g with a piece of wood and well-planted, along with a group of two of the smallish characins (tetras, hatchetfish, pencilfish) or rasbora; the small species pleco and shrimp, or a group of one of the dwarf species of Corydoras or even a trio of the average-sized corys for the bottom level. It is good to have fish that prefer different levels so the activity is spaced throughout the tank rather than all the fish being mid-level.

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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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