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20g Community: Are these compatible?
Old 07-31-2012, 09:23 PM   #1
 
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20g Community: Are these compatible?

Our water is neutral and soft, and the tank will be planted.

x1 Bristlenose Pleco
x1 Honey Gourami
x8 Harlequin Rasboras or Cardinal Tetras (depends on the availability, unless one of these is a much better choice)
x6 Corydoras
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Old 08-01-2012, 01:26 AM   #2
 
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Yes they should get along fine and in your water. The harlequin is better adapted to your water than the cardinal. The cardinal will still live and do well, just not as long as th
Eir normal lifespan. 78 degrees is a good temp for your tank mates and all love plants.
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Old 08-01-2012, 07:42 AM   #3
 
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I would go with dwarf Cory's and a smaller pleco like a clown.
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Old 08-01-2012, 12:14 PM   #4
 
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Are the albino corys the small kind? I adore those.

Oh, there's smaller plecos? I was aiming for a little one, and seemed to remember the Bristlenose being in the lower-size range(and they are cute). Thank you for telling me! I will certainly look into those.

Also, I'll get Harlequins then, as I want the fishies to be as comfy as possible.
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Old 08-01-2012, 12:29 PM   #5
 
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Albino cories are just albino versions of the bronze cory. They are some of the larger cories if I remember correctly. Pygmy cory cats, dwarf cory cats, and panda cory cats are some of the smallest.

I also vote for the rasbora over the cardinal tetra. Cardinals aren't the hardiest fish and need a mature setup. Better to just stick with the harlequin rasbora.

Personally I would just remove the pleco all together. They are little poop machines, and unless you really want one I would never add one to a tank. They only eat algae when they are young and become carnivorous when they age. If you're looking for a cleanup crew shrimp would be a better bet.
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Old 08-01-2012, 03:32 PM   #6
 
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Yes, the albino/bronze corys are one of the largest.

Clown plecos are one that stay smaller, and there are a number of peckoltias (cousins of plecos) that will stay small. The pitbull pleco (peckoltia) is probably one of the most widely available. They are small and like to have a few buddies, kinda like otos.
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Old 08-02-2012, 10:26 PM   #7
 
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I love plecos, but I think I'll wait on one.

@thekoimaiden: It will be a couple weeks before we get the fishies, since we need to switch the substrate to sand for the Corys. You know my situation, so that's why it's directed towards you, but answers from anyone are welcome. They will be in the tank that Comet is in. If I run the 20g filter with the one in the 75g, will it keep the bacteria alive long enough until we get more fish? If not, I have a cycled Betta tank filter of the same size cartridge, it would just be easier to continue to use the one that is in it.

What order should I add the fish if I go with:
Rasboras
Pygmy Corys
1 Honey Gourami

Thanks! I have no idea what order would be best.
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Old 08-03-2012, 12:10 AM   #8
 
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As for the algea eater, I prefer oto cats. They only get to 2" long max and they never stop eating algea due to age unlike plecoptera species. For your size 3 will be quite adequate, 2 if you aren't going to heavily plant. Most seem to be wild caught and they need the algea at first to be where it is in nature, they adapt to eating algea wafers.
As for the order on the fish, in the order you listed them, but get the gourami last. They are kinda finicky as to water quality and it always fluctuates some when you add stuff. For the bio filter get the plants first. Get it completely set up with only the rasboros in since your ph is neutral and soft water your plants will suck the KH naturally (I would advise getting a GH & KH general a
& carbonate hardness tester and a KH buffer to keep the KH up since your plants need it too) in the water and your ph will drop. In soft acidic water all ammonia converts almost immediately to ammonium which is not toxic to your fish and the plants use as a nutrient
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Old 08-03-2012, 01:11 AM   #9
 
Community Tank List, look good?

56 Gallon Community Aquarium

Subject to change
15 Neon Tetras
10 Rummy Nose Tetras
8 Harlequin Rasboras
2 German Blue Rams OR 2 Pearl Gouramis
5 Marble/Silver Hatchetfish
1 Rainbowshark

Bottom

2 Kuhlii Loaches
2 South American Bumblee Bee Catfish
5 or 6 Panda Cory Cats


Yes Ive done my research over and over, and I also know that the tempuratures for some of these fish are different, Ive already got that planned out and solved. Suggestions on how it looks so far is greatly apreiciated.
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Old 08-03-2012, 01:35 AM   #10
 
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As for the algea eater, I prefer oto cats. They only get to 2" long max and they never stop eating algea due to age unlike plecoptera species. For your size 3 will be quite adequate, 2 if you aren't going to heavily plant. Most seem to be wild caught and they need the algea at first to be where it is in nature, they adapt to eating algea wafers.
As for the order on the fish, in the order you listed them, but get the gourami last. They are kinda finicky as to water quality and it always fluctuates some when you add stuff. For the bio filter get the plants first. Get it completely set up with only the rasboros in since your ph is neutral and soft water your plants will suck the KH naturally (I would advise getting a GH & KH general a
& carbonate hardness tester and a KH buffer to keep the KH up since your plants need it too) in the water and your ph will drop. In soft acidic water all ammonia converts almost immediately to ammonium which is not toxic to your fish and the plants use as a nutrient
Should I add the entire school at once? I read that adding too many fish is bad, so just checking.

Can someone help me find a 20g hood for cheap? We have one, but it's finicky. We think the starter in it is probably about to tear up.. it's very loud and blinks when it comes on (old tank). (Edit: Or if there was some way to fix it, or a DIY hood, also open to those options.) We're on a budget, so any help would be great. Also, direction towards where to get driftwood to tie some plants to would be immensely helpful. I really think it would look great for the set up I have in mind.
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