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post #31 of 58 Old 08-25-2010, 12:10 PM
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I think a BN pleco would be fine, but don't buy it from the store that told you to plant anubias "in the ground". That store might try to sell you a common pleco as a Bristlenose.

I would reccomend buying online from a reputable source if possible.
A Clown pleco would be fine as well.


My only concern is that the cories and pleco might be competing for space on the bottom of the tank...


Also, be warned. As Byron said, Guppies and Gouramis can both tend to be nippy. I would choose cories or a pleco so they have ample space, and add some peaceful fish... Perhaps schooling fish...
10 Cardinal tetras perhaps? (They normally like acidic water, but if they're captive bred they are usually fine.)

Or a large school of celestial pearl danios?

In 2008 the scientific name was changed to Danio margaritatus while the trade or common name remained Celestial Pearl Danio. Might still be listed as Galaxy Rasbora in many stocklists though.

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post #32 of 58 Old 08-25-2010, 12:25 PM
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@ Byron i was just wandering because u seem one of the knowledgable people on here, would my stock list be ok??3
honey gouramis female
6 corydoras's
Clown Pleco/ bristlenosed pleco
4 guppys male
I would not mix guppies with gourami, as I've previously mentioned.

Re the gourami, with the Honey Gourami you can have a male and two females in a 20g, that would be more interesting than 3 females as you will see some natural behaviours. As noted in the profile, this works with this species unlike the others in the genus.

I would not have two pleco in a 20g. The clown is nice, 4 inches max (I see this info is missing from our profile on this species), but note it does need wood (real) and shade (lots of plants including floating plants. Also, it is very secretive. And it does not do much on algae, if that is your thinking.

The BN is better at algae, but until you have some I wouldn't include this fish. It may decide to go for your plants, as another member wrote only yesterday.

From the fish you list, a nice 20g could be 3-5 Honey Gourami (male & female), 5-6 corys, and the clown pleco. Lots of plants, all these fish need plants. This is only a suggestion using the fish you name, nothing more. With 3 honeys (one male/2 female) a group of 5-6 rasbora of the Trigonostigma genus is another option, plus the corys & clown. Or instead of the rasbora, a group (6) of one of the small/medium tetra from a species that prefers quiet water (rather than an active swimmer). Lots of options and variations.

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Ok thank you people are saying so many differant things!
I was going with

5 corys
3-4 gouramis
samlle group of danios and maybe cherry barbs
and a pleco wen the algae has built up maybe

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post #34 of 58 Old 08-25-2010, 01:24 PM
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Ok thank you people are saying so many differant things!
I was going with

5 corys
3-4 gouramis
samlle group of danios and maybe cherry barbs
and a pleco wen the algae has built up maybe

Ultimately it's your choice. We just provide options that we think will work for you, and more importantly, keep your fish happy and healthy for a good long time.
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post #35 of 58 Old 08-25-2010, 01:26 PM
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Well i knoe every1s trying to help but thats wat I wanted but every1s saying its not good for my tank
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post #36 of 58 Old 08-25-2010, 01:39 PM
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Well i knoe every1s trying to help but thats wat I wanted but every1s saying its not good for my tank
Well do you care more about the tank or the fish that will live in it? Pretty much everyone here is willing to sacrifice some of their stocking hopes and dreams for the well-being of the fish. Rightly so. In fact, not doing this is what has cost me many fish lives. Losing a fish is much worse than being without a fish in the first place.

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post #37 of 58 Old 08-25-2010, 01:42 PM
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I know i want the fish to be happy
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I know i want the fish to be happy
let's take this back to your threads... this is borderline thread hijacking.>.>
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post #39 of 58 Old 08-25-2010, 01:47 PM
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post #40 of 58 Old 09-01-2010, 12:42 PM Thread Starter
Not quite there yet...

It's been a few days but I still haven't decided...

I thought about replacing the guppys with Harlequin Rasboras. There's so many different oppinions whether or not Betta would do ok with these.

I was thinking a school of about 7 rasboras, 5 dwarf cory's and a male or female betta (maybe one that's been in a tank with other fish at the LFS?).

What are the odds of that working out?

No matter what compatibily chart site I go to, after googling up the species, either the water parameters don't fit, or the fish are said to be aggresive in the end.

I'm yet to find a community set-up that'd cover all aquarium levels with perfect compatibility and to my liking.
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