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post #1 of 22 Old 06-25-2013, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
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What to do for twenty gallon?

Ok, so I have a 21.75 gallon tank, and no idea what to put into it! My top runnings so far are a betta, and that's it. I want to try something different then a betta this time though, anybody got any ideas? It's probably going to be an NPT also
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post #2 of 22 Old 06-25-2013, 05:38 PM
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There are several options for a 20g. Obviously this will be smaller fish, and there are so many "nano" type fish these days. These will usually be wild caught, so attention to the water parameters is important. And that means we need to know your tap water GH (general hardness) and pH. It is easier selecting fish that will be fine in your water than going the water adjustment route.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If youíre going to take it under your wing then youíre responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #3 of 22 Old 06-25-2013, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, when I have enough money I'll check my water stuff
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Ok, when I have enough money I'll check my water stuff
No need to waste money for a test for GH, you can get that from the water folks, probably on their website. Shoudl know the pH too. Though a pH test kit is well worth having, as a change in pH can signal trouble. But if you find the numbers let us know, or post the link if you can't fathom them.

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What's there website called?
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post #6 of 22 Old 06-26-2013, 08:03 AM
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Byron means your local water company.

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post #7 of 22 Old 06-26-2013, 08:06 AM
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One big Oscar, school of tetras and 10 minnows is good ..Nah I'm just kidding!!!, Dont even bother to mix those up kind of fish up together

Don't mind me i like to joke around once in awhile..


Your local fish store should give you free water testings .bring at least 5 or 6 samples of the water to the store

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post #8 of 22 Old 06-26-2013, 12:20 PM
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Byron means your local water company.
True. If you are on public water, whoever suplies it is where you look. This will usually be the city or town authority.

I just noticed you are in Oregon. If you are west of the mountains, you will almost certainly have soft water. Those of us in SW BC where I am down through Western Washington and Oregon are blessed with soft water. But check it out, then we can proceed.

You also have one of the best fish stores anywhere right there in Portland, called The Wet Spot. They carry many of the fish we will be considering.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If youíre going to take it under your wing then youíre responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #9 of 22 Old 06-26-2013, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah we're west of the mountains. I loooooove the wet spot, i actually sell some of my fish there when my local petsptore can't buy from me. So yeah, I guess i've got soft water
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Yeah we're west of the mountains. I loooooove the wet spot, i actually sell some of my fish there when my local petsptore can't buy from me. So yeah, I guess i've got soft water
Then you have numerous options for a 20-21g tank of smallish fish.

You could do a geographic tank, say a SE Asian pond/stream with one of the dwarf species of rasbora (in Boraras genus), one or more of the small gourami (Chocolate, Licorice, pygmy, eyespot...), with crypts, floating Water Sprite for plants. Or an Amazonian pool with pencilfish, dwarf cory species, pygmy chain sword, floating pennywort pants. Or a Killifish setup with Central African killies [none in our profiles yet, but some members do have these].

Or you could do a theme tank, say a forest lagoon, with some of the aforementioned small fish but not paying attention to geography when it comes to fish and plants, just water/environment similarities.

The possibilities are endless. And The Wet Spot has almost all of these fish in stock, when they are in season. Being wild caught, most of these fish are seasonal according to the collection times in their respective countries.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If youíre going to take it under your wing then youíre responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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