So, long story short I bought an aquaclear 20 filter and a 20 gallon long today for $30. My parents are like OMG but it was such a good deal right! I could have bought 10 3 gallons for $20, so they should be happy. The guy really wanted the tanks gone. :)
Dimensions: 30x12.5x12.5 inches.
So I still have to clean it. I need some ideas for what to put in it! Here's my thoughts:
-some sort of gourami. My water may be too hard for them. Are there any that do well in medium hard water?
-dwarf puffers- love these guys BUT they should be species only, and I don't wanna donate 20 gallons to 10 puffers.
-threadfin rainbows- adorable, like my water. BUT it seems difficult to get them colored up properly, they are sensitive to pH changes (tank maturation?) and nitrates (lots of water changes?).
Other rainbowfish suggestions? PH 7.2, dH 13/14ish.
-fiddler/red claw crabs- I love inverts. I may love them more than fish.. These pet store crabs would be good practice for when I want to import commando fiddlers from Indonesia someday (google those things-amazing). BUT I haven't looked much into brackish water and don't know how much this would add to costs.
A coldwater tank: celestial pearl danios & panda loaches- one of my dream combos, not gonna lie. These fish are both gorgeous, and I could have a huge school of them. Haven't looked into how sensitive they are, panda loaches are strict algae eaters, I'd need to grow algae, not a big problem. BUT these fish are impossible to find in my area, so I'd need to ship em in, could be pricey.
Opinions? Ideas for other combos? :)
(btw don't want a betta sorority, :))