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Old 09-10-2012, 02:27 PM   #1
 
Stocking a 20g Long

I'm starting my first tank, and I've decided to start small with a 20g long that I already have laying around. I'm thinking a planted tank. I want to have a pair of Bolivian ram cichlids (is there a different kind that looks better?), 3 otocinclus catfish, and ~6 cardinal tetras or neon tetras. Is this over-stocked/under-stocked? Would you suggest something else? Are any of these too hard to care for? Give me some pointers if you can. Thanks! :)
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Old 09-10-2012, 05:39 PM   #2
 
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That actually sounds like a good list. each group has a decent number of fish (the tetras and Otocinclus are both schooling fish. Otos prefer groups of 3 or more although tetras prefer groups of 10 or more so you might want to have a slightly bigger school.) Although for your Bolivian Ram Cichlids once they begin breeding they may become much too aggressive for your cardinal tetras. So if you really want the cichlids i would suggest only getting one. You could go with two dwarf gouramis. they are pretty fish.
However you could get 10 cardinal tetras, 10 neon tetras (or pretty much any other tetra) and your 3 otos.
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Old 09-11-2012, 01:06 PM   #3
 
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That actually sounds like a good list. each group has a decent number of fish (the tetras and Otocinclus are both schooling fish. Otos prefer groups of 3 or more although tetras prefer groups of 10 or more so you might want to have a slightly bigger school.) Although for your Bolivian Ram Cichlids once they begin breeding they may become much too aggressive for your cardinal tetras. So if you really want the cichlids i would suggest only getting one. You could go with two dwarf gouramis. they are pretty fish.
However you could get 10 cardinal tetras, 10 neon tetras (or pretty much any other tetra) and your 3 otos.
Yeah, however I really like the bolivians. I want a good centerpiece fish, and I find them really interesting. I've heard pearl gouramis are pretty too. True? False?
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Old 09-11-2012, 04:41 PM   #4
 
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Yeah, however I really like the bolivians. I want a good centerpiece fish, and I find them really interesting. I've heard pearl gouramis are pretty too. True? False?
I think so. but if you really want to get the Bolivian Rams, I would suggest getting only one. it could still make a good centerpiece fish and you won't have a problem with them either fighting with each other (if they are both males) or becoming aggressive when it's breeding season. The pearl gouramis are farily pretty (when they are juveniles as they usually are in stores, they aren't as colorful as they will be as they mature.) I don't believe that they'll get aggressive when they breed but i'm not entirely sure.
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Old 09-11-2012, 04:44 PM   #5
 
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I think so. but if you really want to get the Bolivian Rams, I would suggest getting only one. it could still make a good centerpiece fish and you won't have a problem with them either fighting with each other (if they are both males) or becoming aggressive when it's breeding season. The pearl gouramis are farily pretty (when they are juveniles as they usually are in stores, they aren't as colorful as they will be as they mature.) I don't believe that they'll get aggressive when they breed but i'm not entirely sure.
Okay, thanks. I was hoping to maybe get some money back from the bolivian ram fry, but I guess I can deal. :/
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Old 09-11-2012, 04:48 PM   #6
 
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well you can always get two anyway i'm just saying you would have to either transfer them to a new tank during breeding season or risk a few of your smaller fish getting hurt. The pearl gourami's shouldn't be a problem when breeding. so you could always make some money off their fry :) plus they are pretty easy to take care of fish
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Old 09-11-2012, 05:33 PM   #7
 
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well you can always get two anyway i'm just saying you would have to either transfer them to a new tank during breeding season or risk a few of your smaller fish getting hurt. The pearl gourami's shouldn't be a problem when breeding. so you could always make some money off their fry :) plus they are pretty easy to take care of fish
So if I got two pearl gouramis in the place of my bolivians, they would be fine with all the other fish, and it would still be a good stocking?
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Old 09-11-2012, 08:00 PM   #8
 
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They should be fine. Pearl Gouramis are like gentle giants. although, I would still keep an eye on them the first few days just to make sure (i've heard that sometimes the cardinal tetras could stress the gouramis out.) but i guess the same goes for all new fish :) Have you started cycling your tank yet?
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So if I got two pearl gouramis in the place of my bolivians, they would be fine with all the other fish, and it would still be a good stocking?
I don't think it will work. Pearl gourami need a larger tank. A 20 gal long is only about 30 inches wide. Pearl gourami need a 3 foot tank. And like all gourami, they will get aggressive when they breed, and the males are territorial. A better gourami for that tank is the honey gourami. You could easily keep a single male and two females in there. When you keep gourami in pairs, the constant pursuits of the male can stress a single female out. It's best to give the male options so he can spread out the amorous pursuits.

If you just wanted a single gourami, you could go with a thicklips gourami or banded gourami. They are larger, so a group wouldn't work in your tank.
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Old 09-12-2012, 10:03 AM   #10
 
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They should be fine. Pearl Gouramis are like gentle giants. although, I would still keep an eye on them the first few days just to make sure (i've heard that sometimes the cardinal tetras could stress the gouramis out.) but i guess the same goes for all new fish :) Have you started cycling your tank yet?
No, I can't even set it up for about another 3 weeks. Kitchen renovations are keeping us a little busy. I'm just trying to figure out how it's gonna be set up in the meantime.
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