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Old 08-24-2007, 07:33 AM   #11
 
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I want a school of cories, and probably a group of neon tetras as well. Any suggestions? I want to have at least one large(r) fish, what's an example of something bigger and nice looking that I can put in? I'm wanting a fish that's more of a loner, and who will do well in a tank with cories and tetras.
Tetras and cories are fine but a centerpiece would be difficult to choose. I was thinking of a dwarf gourami or honey gourami.
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Old 08-24-2007, 10:38 AM   #12
 
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I was liking the look of the dwarf gourami, if I get one, it will be the last addition. I read that they are harder to take care of compared to the other fish I listed, so I want to make sure everything's right before I put one in.

Any suggestions on numbers?
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Old 08-24-2007, 03:11 PM   #13
 
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what about some kind of cichlid?
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Old 08-24-2007, 04:27 PM   #14
 
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In a 20g, a dwarf gourami would be fine, maybe two if depending on how much other stuff you have (plants, caves, ...). If you want to do a cichlid, the dwarf cichlids out of south America would be better. I dont know if I would do a breeding pair as the tank is only 20g (even dwarf cichlids are pretty agressive during spawning). You're probably better off with a Ram. I'm kind of partial to German Blue Rams, but also have Gold. Bolivians are nce but might get large enough to cause problems with smaller tetras.

With the cories, I would recommend a lot of caves and such.
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Old 08-24-2007, 07:56 PM   #15
 
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Bolivian rams are fine with small tetras. It's their size that really is the issue. You can keep a lone male blue ram as a centerpiece.
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Old 08-24-2007, 08:32 PM   #16
 
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I really like the look of the blue ram, so here's what I'm looking at:

10 cories
10 tetras
1 male blue ram.

Is that close to capacity, or could I look at adding another species to the mix?

Also, what kind of overall environment do I need? lots of caves is all I know that I need.

I was thinking a layout with plants on both sides, a cave or two in the middle, and open area between the plants.
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Old 08-24-2007, 08:36 PM   #17
 
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What cories and tetras are they? If you want 10, stick with the cories that do not exceed 4 cm size. Corydoras hastatus is a good example of small species of cories. Try ember tetras.:)
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Old 08-24-2007, 09:31 PM   #18
 
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i'm not really sure on the specific numbers OR species, what would you put in it?

I was liking the neon tetras and leopard corys though, not sure on the numbers. I'm also getting 5 zebra danios for sure, while the tank cycles.
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Old 08-24-2007, 09:46 PM   #19
 
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I'd stick with ember tetras. Neons are hardly that tolerant of water conditions especially when they're mass produced but it depends on your luck. How about a small group of threadfin rainbowfish instead?:)
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Old 08-25-2007, 10:34 PM   #20
 
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no one mentioned this, so i thought i would. when you upgrade your filter, make sure you get one that is rated for AT LEAST 2 times your tank size. most filters never operate at the capacity which they claim, so it's better to go a little overboard than to have underpowered filtration.
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