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post #1 of 16 Old 09-23-2011, 06:27 AM Thread Starter
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Must have these sparkling gourami

So I've got a 20H+stand I was going to use till I saw a 20L for 19 dollars so I'm giving the high one away and now I need everything for the long.

First I'm planning on getting a stand(sucks that its like double the price of the 20H one), glass lid, lights and I'm thinking about Fluval® Underwater Filter - Online Only Sale - Holiday Sales - PetSmart the 12-30g one. And plenty of plants and some wood.

This will probably be a species only tank so how many should I have, I'm thinking 10? (I don't like crowded tanks)
I'm sure I'll end up with snails in there but I assume ghost shrimp would be fine too?
Just how densely planted should I have it?
I see they like subdued lighting, I have a crappy incandescent light thing from a smaller tank that I could use but I'm not sure how good of an idea it'll be for the plants where I could just get floating plants with good lights...
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post #2 of 16 Old 09-23-2011, 07:19 AM
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If it was me I would go with HOB filter the underwater one will take room up in your tank. thats just my opinion. Do you have a tank that is already running that you could seed your new tank with. I would go with about 8 fish they get about 1.5 in also they are delicate and really prefer a already established tank. A tank thats about 3 to 6 months old. Lights if you have the kind that takes screw in light bulbs you could go with the spiral 65ook screw in bulbs if you added 2 26wt that would give you enough for low light plants and moss I have high light plants so I have 4 on my 20 gal long. you can check out my tanks in my profile. Hope this helps Pat
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Only thing with the filter is that this tank will be in my bedroom and I want it as quiet as possible.
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Only thing with the filter is that this tank will be in my bedroom and I want it as quiet as possible.
OH good idea then lol I sent you a pm bye the way
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To restrict water movement for these fish, I would suggest an internal sponge or foam type filter with the outflow directed against the end glass where the filter is placed. The Fluval linked will work for this.

In a 20g long, a group of 7 Trichopsis pumila will work, with lots of plants including thick floating vegetation. The males are territorial when they are protecting a nest, and in a good environment spawning will be continual. I've had to move my group of 5 (2 males, 3 females) from tank to tank due to their pestering of other fish including those larger than themselves.

I agree that incandescent lighting works well over these sized tanks, and the compact fluorescent bulbs in a daylight (6500K) will provide good light for plants. The floating plants will dim the light for the fish.

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Ok so I got a glass hood (barely fits on it), lights (defective, just flickers), and a filters (this one better work), so its off to a good start.

Ill do my best to only get 2 maybe 3 males. I'm guessing I should go with black sand/gravel so its darker. Any suggestions on plants to get? More specifically which floating ones.
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Ok so I got a glass hood (barely fits on it), lights (defective, just flickers), and a filters (this one better work), so its off to a good start.

Ill do my best to only get 2 maybe 3 males. I'm guessing I should go with black sand/gravel so its darker. Any suggestions on plants to get? More specifically which floating ones.
Water lettuce is nice it gets roots that hang down and looks cool You could go with ricca. I have little floating stuff do not know the name but I can throw some in with your moss.
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post #8 of 16 Old 09-25-2011, 08:31 AM Thread Starter
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Lol yes please, Ill send you 10 bucks instead.
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Lol yes please, Ill send you 10 bucks instead.
You dont need to send me anymore money they are tiny but they multiply fast..
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post #10 of 16 Old 09-25-2011, 09:17 AM
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Heres some pics the last one is the one I have I have ricca but I just got it so I have to wait till it grows more.

1 Water Lettuce
2 Ricca
3 Greater Duckweed
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