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Can I add more fish?
I currently have 2 blue gouramis, 7 danios, 3 siamese algae eaters, 1 chinese algae eater, ghost shrimp, and 3 snails in a 20 gallon, with drifted and artificial plants. I wanted to add a shark (either a rose-line or red tail), is this too much?
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first thing, Welcome to the forum, I hope you will come back often and take advantage of the knowledge here. There are so many experienced fish keepers here willing to share info with you.
Now, onto the fish. I see that you have 2 Blue Gourami, that in itself MIGHT be a problem as they can be grumpy with each other. When keeping more then one, it is often advised to get one male and 2 female and hope for the best. Each fish is an individual and you MIGHT be alright. That said also, the tank is not big enough for even 1 Gourami.
I advise getting rid of the Siamese algae eaters as well. They get too big for your tank and will be very very aggressive with other fish in the tank.
No on the shark, you have too much in there now. I personally would get rid of the 5 fish that I mentioned. Can you take them back to the store you got them? Has the tank been set up for a long time or is it new?
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I suggest you take a look through our Tropical Fish Profile found in the second tab from the left right underneath our logo. You can also click on a shaded fish name to access the fish's profile like these: neon tetra and dwarf gourami. But the system doesn't pick up plural names. It will get blue gourami but not blue gouramis. Silly computer.
You can also use this a tool to stock your tanks. It's very helpful for tank size and water parameter requirements. AqAdvisor - Intelligent Freshwater Tropical Fish Aquarium Stocking Calculator and Aquarium Tank/Filter Advisor
I would not add a red tailed shark or rose-line shark (Puntius denisonii) to your tank. As others have mentioned, you are going to experience problems with aggression as your fish age, and adding a shark is not going to help.
Thank you all for your input, actually, I've had the tank set-up now for about 4 months, the gouramis are male and female and they get along well, the danios were recent additions so I took them back today, because of everyone's input; with regard to the siamese algae eaters I've had them in there for awhile and they are doing well. Taking everything into consideration, I will find some time to set up a larger tank. Thank you all again for your time and input