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New 20 Long Planted, stocking suggestions?
Old 07-12-2012, 10:01 PM   #21
 
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The twig catfish are very neat! I've never seen them before.

I plan on adding 3 more glowlights. They're so happy in there I couldn't have the heart to relocate them. I just didn't want to add 9 fish in all at once.

Do you have any suggestions of something smaller, but different looking? I would appreciate it as those were what I narrowed down to. lol.
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Old 07-13-2012, 12:31 PM   #22
 
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The twig catfish are very neat! I've never seen them before.

I plan on adding 3 more glowlights. They're so happy in there I couldn't have the heart to relocate them. I just didn't want to add 9 fish in all at once.

Do you have any suggestions of something smaller, but different looking? I would appreciate it as those were what I narrowed down to. lol.
With soft water and a 20g long, you have so m any possible fish species I don't know where to begin. But thinking more of something out of the ordinary to start with, there are pencilfishes (all species are in the genus Nannostomus, under the characins--avoid N. beckfordi as it is too rambunctious, but some of the others zare interesting, swimming at a angle for instance) and hatchetfishes (stay with the species in Carnegiella, they are smaller--the Marble Hatchetfish is the most colourful). These all reamin in the upper half of the tank to contrast with the glowlights and corys that are lower, and the hatchetfish are surface. You could have a group of a suitable species from the pencils and a group of say 8 or 9 Marbles, both.

To get some bright blue, look at the Paracheirodon species (characins again), the Neon, Cardinal and Green Neon. A group of 7 or so of whichever. You could still have the hatchets with these.

Then there are the rasbora, Trigonstigma hengeli is my favourite of the three similar species. One of the small Boraras species perhaps. The pygmy sparkling gourami, though not with hatchets which they will nip.

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Old 07-14-2012, 09:41 PM   #23
 
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I'm going to make a trip to my LFS and pay closer attention to what they have in stock and see what I actually have a choice of. I think it's hot out to really have anything shipped.

I might just end up doing some Neons as I've always loved them. :)
If I did neons, could I do 9 of them?
Then just the cory's, maybe a group of 6?

Or if I did the sparkling gourami instead of neons how many should I put in? Will they chase the glowlights? Also should I baffle the filter? It is pretty strong and kind of knocks even the tetras around when they swim through it's path.

Hatchet fish are really cool, but my lid doesn't cover the entire tank, I have a good gap in the back.

And what is your opinion on the Cochu and Kerri Tetra? I came across their profiles on here and find them both pretty interesting too.

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Old 07-15-2012, 01:59 PM   #24
 
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I might just end up doing some Neons as I've always loved them. :)
If I did neons, could I do 9 of them?
With lots of plants, including some fast growing ones (floating plants are ideal for this), yes. And regular weekly partial water changes of 1/2 the tank.

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Then just the cory's, maybe a group of 6?
Fine.

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Or if I did the sparkling gourami instead of neons how many should I put in? Will they chase the glowlights?
Three to five. Should be OK. Glowlights (and neons) are lower water fish, whereas the gourami tend to remain upper water.

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Also should I baffle the filter? It is pretty strong and kind of knocks even the tetras around when they swim through it's path.
Yes, I would. None of these fish appreciate currents.

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Hatchet fish are really cool, but my lid doesn't cover the entire tank, I have a good gap in the back.
They will jump throught relatively small openings. Other fish can too, of course. I would add something to close off anyting other than spaces around filters and heaters.

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And what is your opinion on the Cochu and Kerri Tetra? I came across their profiles on here and find them both pretty interesting too.
Not in this small a tank. The Kerri Tetra is a nice fish, but active (= more space to swim) and the activity would be contrary to what you are otherwise intending. The Cochu is a bit of a fin nipper, and needs a decent sized group in larger quarters. The gourami would be targets here.
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Old 07-15-2012, 02:20 PM   #25
 
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I think i'm just going to leave it as Glowlights, Neons, and Cory's. :)

Thank you for all the advice.
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Old 07-15-2012, 02:30 PM   #26
 
So what no 8 discus?

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Old 07-15-2012, 02:46 PM   #27
 
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So what no 8 discus?

*shrugs*
Nope. 8 discus would be almost an entire paycheck for me. =/
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Old 07-15-2012, 02:52 PM   #28
 
Well you've decided on the stock already anyway.

But hey, there is always your 10g. If anything happens to your bettas, maybe you can get 2 oscars and a common pleco for that if not a discus set up.

Glowlights and neons and especially cories are good btw.
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Old 07-15-2012, 03:16 PM   #29
 
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My one betta has a tumor and is on his way out, so maybe I can put 2 oscars in there. ;)


I really like the smaller tetra species over the larger flashy fish anyways and cory's are adorable too.
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