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post #1 of 3 Old 08-23-2012, 11:24 PM Thread Starter
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Help Stocking 20High and 25Gallon


I was gifted a double decker tank stand with a 20 High (24 1/4 x 12 1/2 x 16 3/4) and 25Gallon tank. (24 1/4 x 12 1/2 x 20 3/4). My water is right at 7ph out of the tap and considered "soft/modertly hard about 7-8dGH"

I was wondering if anyone had any stocking ideas. Im pretty open to ideas.

I was going to use my 20Long for a stock like this:
Sparkling Gourami
Ember Tetra
Some sort of cory
whatever else that may work.

If this would be OK in the 20high i would like ot do that, as i dont have room for the 20 Long.

No idea what would work in the 25H. I thought these tanks were going to be dual 29, so i was thinking maybe one GSP. Would one be OK in a 25?

Like i said Im very open to ideas, allthough im not into mollies, guppys, swordtails, etc. I dont really want to use the bottom as a sump but im not against that depending on the situation. Also thinking that maybe I can try salt water with the 20 as a sump. I would like to "get my hands wet" in SW, So im going to post in the SW section and see what the experts say.
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post #2 of 3 Old 08-24-2012, 04:58 AM
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Ember barbs will need a longer larger tank than this. Sparkling gouramis are a beautiful little fish and certainly could be housed in this size tank. I am personally against buying five cory cats and pretending that is a "school" so I would not choose that species either, though many will disagree with me.

Based on my experience with the double decker stand, the bottom tank tends to get ignored. Not intentionally, however it is awkward and uncomfortable to service tanks that are practically sitting on the floor. For one thing, try getting a strong siphon to flow out of a tank stationed so low just to clean the thing. First rule of tank placement: must be in a location that it accessible.

I learned not even to try to keep a tank down below. Your idea of using it as sump space, though, is a winner!

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post #3 of 3 Old 08-24-2012, 08:07 PM
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The 20g tank on the bottom would make a good QT for new fish though.

With those water parameters you have practically an endless possibility with soft water fish. Some of the more rare cyprinids, or pencilfish come to mind. The 29g has room for a good group of corys, but here is where the "dwarf" species would be ideal provided the temp can stay less than 76-77F.

My 29 is pictured below. It currently has Corydoras pygmaeus, Corydoras habrosus, Trichopsis pumila, Parosphromenus deissneri, Trigonostigma hengeli, Brevibora dorsiocellata, and Nannostomus rubrocaudatus.
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