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Tyler burkett 04-29-2012 05:58 PM

new to the hobby could use some help
i recently bought a 5gal. hex tank for a beta and i got a 20 gal hex tank. i was wondering if all these fish are compatible:german blue ram,6 black phantom tetra, ghost shrimp,and a snail or two. any other help for like water stuff would be apreciated.

Inga 04-29-2012 07:04 PM

Welcome to the forum Tyler, I hope you enjoy your stay. There are a lot of very knowledgeable people here that can help you with your stocking ideas. If you hover over the species name (highlighted purple in your post) it will tell you a bit about the fish. You can also go into our Tropical Fish profiles above on the blue bar. There you will see profiles of each fish. What water parameters they require, tank size and suitability with other fish.

Hope you will post pictures of your new tanks as they progress.

thekoimaiden 04-29-2012 07:43 PM

Hi Tyler! Welcome to the forum and the hobby. Inga gave you some great suggestions about looking up the fish you want in our tropical fish profiles. I highly suggest this. It will give you a good idea of what you will need for your fish including compatibility and water parameters.

A 5 gallon hex is a great size for a Betta splendens. But the problem with your 20 gallon hex is that you are going to not be able to put as many fish in it as you could in a normal 20 gallon tank. Fish need horizontal swimming room more than vertical swimming room. The larger surface area allows more oxygen to diffuse into the water, which also increases the number of fish you can have. If you can return that tank and get something that is longer rather than taller, that would be much better.

For the water stuff you need to read about cycling a tank. This is a handy little guide:

Tyler burkett 04-29-2012 07:50 PM

thank you, both of you. i will look in to the species and that link tomarrow thanks.

Romad 04-29-2012 09:00 PM

Hi Tyler :wave: Welcome to the forum.

A hex tank really limits the type of fish you should have in there. I had a 45 gallon hex and after doing research on this forum, realized that I had to get my fish into a much longer tank. I upgraded to a 75 gallon long when I moved about a year later.

You could have a few dwarf angels perhaps? Or a puffer?

Good luck with your research.

Byron 04-30-2012 11:45 AM

Welcome to the forum Tyler.:-D

You will find it out from the profiles, but I will just mention that a Ram is not a good choice for a small tank. The Black Phantom in a group of 8 will work fine, they are not active swimmers, and having some live plants will make them feel comfortable. Plus some substrate fish, a small group of corys or a Whiptail Catfish, will work well with them.


Tyler burkett 04-30-2012 02:31 PM

how manny of the corrys can i put in and i was hping to have some sort of fish that i can have one of that isnt a scooling fish and wont get lonely

Byron 04-30-2012 03:51 PM


Originally Posted by Tyler burkett (Post 1064509)
how manny of the corrys can i put in and i was hping to have some sort of fish that i can have one of that isnt a scooling fish and wont get lonely

There is nothing that comes to mind for a "centerpiece" fish in this small a tank. This tank is made for small fish that are not active swimmers. You could go with some pencilfish, small tetra, or some of the dwarf species of cyprinids. And a group of 4-5 corys. A Whiptail Catfish would be fine too with any of this. Check our profiles, there are several species under the categories characins (tetra, pencilfish) and cyprinids. You need to watch the water parameters though, some of these are strictly soft water while others will adapt a bit.


Tyler burkett 04-30-2012 04:04 PM

so i will probobly go with the cory and black phantom tetra but will either bother the plants because that iss how i am thinking of cycling the tank. also could i shorten the number of each and the put a female betta in there or is that a little much. i do plan to take good care of the tank and take whatever percoutions neccesary

Inga 04-30-2012 04:15 PM

I do not see the tetra or the cories being an issue with live plants. In fact, I would highly recommend having some nice plants in your tank. They look far more natural then fake ones and benefit your water quality. Remember, heavily planted if you are hoping for a "quick cycle" and only a few fish at a time. You might start with your group of cories or your group of tetra and then do the other group a few weeks later.

Someone with Betta experience will have to answer about the female betta. I am not sure. I know males cannot but I have heard females might be more "social" or tolerant then the males.

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