Help with Stocking my new 2o gallon please?
Here are some fish that I know for sure I want in here.
1 Whiptail Catfish
5 - 6 Blue Moscow Guppys
1 Male Gourami
1 Female Gourami
Now, Which would be better, a inside filter? or a outside filter?
And I am going to have live plants, does this mean I cant have any species of snail?
Are there any other species that I could add? I want something attractive, with a nice shape, and nice colors, but would not take away from the Glory of the Guppies as I want them to be my main stars in this tank :) And preferably about 4 -5 inches long :)
Thank you guys!
Oh! Btw, this a 20 G Long Tank :)
First, welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.:-D
Filter. If you are intending plants, as you say you are, I would do an internal filter and something simple. A sponge filter connected to a small air pump works fine on planted tanks, I have this on my 10g, 20g and 29g tanks. Air pumps can be a bit noisy, so if this is a concern (a tank in the bedroom for instance) something like the Fluval U1 would be better; this is basically a sponge filter with the motor included, and it attaches to the tank wall in one of the rear corners.
On the fish, which gourami species were you thinking of? I'll maybe answer my own question, by saying the only really appropriate species would be the Honey Gourami, perhaps in a trio of one male and two females. They should (but no guarantee) get along with the bright-coloured guppies, and the latter might not get nippy. I've not tried this combo myself.
A 4-5 inch fish is going to be out-of-place in a 20g long with guppies. The Whiptail Catfish mentioned is fine, for its length it is not bulky. But largish upper fish will not look "right," believe me. And most of them will be problems in other ways.
Males only for the guppies, presumably; otherwise you will have hundreds of fry in no time, causing water quality issues.
Plants like Corkscrew Vallisneria would be good, if you have medium hard water. Some snails do not eat plants, unless they are decaying. The small pond snails and Malaysian Livebearing Snail are OK.
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Sorry, forgot to say the kind of Gourami. I currently have 1 female Gourami, and I would like to get a male Gourami. And I have considered taking out the whiptail and placing in 8 neon tetras, but the Whiptails's shape is so wonderful. I was hoping that the two Gouramis would keep the baby guppy population down.
But then there have been things I have read about the male Dwarf Gourami being aggresive during certain times that, have made me wonder whether it would be better only to have my female. and could I add 5 platies to this? I have the feeling that it may be slightly too much, but I had to ask. Otherwise my platies will need rehoming when my tank is completely cycled. Cant afford to keep my 10 gallon, and my 3 gallon, and a new 20 gallon running all at once. 3 Gallon is soon to house my Hubbys Betta, so I have to keep it and it only has 3 cords running to it. With low wattage. lol.
The reason that I"m not keeping my ten gallon is because I've heard that a 20 Gallon will use as much power as a window air conditioner.
The gourami will not make much of a dent in the guppy fry, especially if there is more than one female. Broods of 60+ fry every month from each female is what you should be looking at.
To keep the peace, i would not get a male Dwarf Gourami for this small a tank. The female of most gourami species is relatively peaceful; males are territorial, and while this does mainly affect other gourami, they can take a dislike to brightly coloured fish, which is why I previously cautioned about the guppy with gourami.
No mention is made of your water parameters (out of the tap), and this impacts fish. Livebearers require medium hard or harder water. Neons are the opposite, doing best in soft water. Check our profiles for more.
Platy could work, but here again being livebearers, fry will be the issue if they include females. And with the guppy this might get crowded.
There wont be a problem with the female platys :) I only have one, and shes getting on in age. The others consist of 4 very Beautifully patterned males.
As for the water parameters, I am investing in materials to altar water hardness, as my tap water is much too soft, but Currently I have my platies and a few Tetras inside my 10 gallon ( Currently overstocked) and they are both seeming to thrive right now with the hardness being at medium exactly.
So would this be the ideal set up then?
8 Neon Tetras
1 Female Dwarf Gourami
I am so bummed. This entire time, I have had the wrong tank. . . I have a 20 gallon high. . . Looks like its going to be about 2 years before I can get my whiptail catfish :/
Thank you so much :)
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