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post #1 of 6 Old 06-01-2011, 12:41 AM Thread Starter
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my 20 gallon long

heres my 20 gallon long.

1 convict cichlid
2 peppered corys
3 albino corys
1 harlequin rasbora i believe

about 6 live plants

i have a AquaClear 30 filter with a submersible heater, using my old 10 gallon top w/ light as a light source for now until i can get a bigger one.
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-01-2011, 09:40 AM
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tank looks pretty nice, but that harlequin looks really lonely. Don't you want to get him some friends?
The convict's not really compatable with the rasboras..

Convicts are actually one of the most agressive cichlids 'pound for pound', with a pair known to kill fish 2-3 times their size.. (like oscars)

If you insist on keeping the cichlid, then come to terms with the fact that your other fish will eventually become snacks. (Especially the rasbora)

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post #3 of 6 Old 06-01-2011, 01:46 PM
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The tank is looking very lovely, but it won't be for long. The issue of the convict cichlid was discussed in another thread, but for the record I'll summarize; it attains 6 inches and will quickly outgrow a 20g tank, and it is predatory, and a plant destroyer when it gets larger. I suggest again that you return it soon, for its own saqke as well as your tank's.

And rasbora need a group, at least 6 but more is better, and in a 20g long 7-8 would be fine.

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post #4 of 6 Old 06-01-2011, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for the props on my tank.

when my tank settles with the fish thats in it now I plan on getting more rasboras. I already exchanged the Convict with a Bolivian Ram. After reading what you all have told me I figured it would be better to move him back to the store for someone to put him in a suitable tank.

1 Bolivian Ram
1 Rasbora
2 Peppered Corys
3 Albino Corys

I plan on getting another 5 Rasboras atleast, and with that, im guessing that pretty much fills up my tank? Or can I add a little bit more Rasboras or another schooling fish that stays small?
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post #6 of 6 Old 06-02-2011, 10:19 AM
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Given that it is a long tank and there are plants, and if you are regular in weekly partial water changes, and ensure compatible fish in all respects...there is room for another group of smallish peaceful fish.

Look for mid-to-upper level fish (the Ram remains close to the substrate, and there are corys too), rasbora are mid/upper level. Smallish, quiet (not active swimmers) will match what you have and that is a major part of compatibility. Plenty to select from; hatchetfish, some pencilfish species, sparkling gourami, eyespot rasbora, etc.

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