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wake49 02-22-2013 09:06 AM

20 Gallon Long Fish Addition
 
Right now my 20 gallon long has two Mickey Mouse Platys, six Neon Tetras and one Cory Catfish. I would like to add a few more Cories, and maybe a couple more Tetras, but moreso I would like to add a nice centerpiece fish, like a fancy goldfish or something else with elegant fins. Any suggestions of something that will not outgrow a 20L?

ZivaD 02-22-2013 11:33 AM

Count the goldfish out - unsuitable for more than one reason.
Focus first on getting your corey the pals he needs...then add some neons to bring your shoal up in numbers. Once those two groups are in better balance you can start worrying about adding a new species.

sparkyjoe 02-22-2013 11:35 AM

I'm not an expert, but I think a goldfish would have different needs than your current fish require.

Good luck!

wake49 02-22-2013 11:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ZivaD (Post 1440522)
Count the goldfish out - unsuitable for more than one reason.
Focus first on getting your corey the pals he needs...then add some neons to bring your shoal up in numbers. Once those two groups are in better balance you can start worrying about adding a new species.

I'm cool with that. How many Cories would you reccommend? Should I add three? And how many more Neons should I add?

Right now:

6 Neons
1 Cory

Freshcatch 02-22-2013 02:03 PM

The Cory should be in groups of at least five. They are very social and hang together a lot. At the top of the page click on the Tropical Fish Profiles, and you can read more about fish that you are contemplating purchasing for your aquarium.

wake49 02-22-2013 02:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Freshcatch (Post 1440700)
The Cory should be in groups of at least five. They are very social and hang together a lot. At the top of the page click on the Tropical Fish Profiles, and you can read more about fish that you are contemplating purchasing for your aquarium.

Thanks Freshcatch. I have looked over the profiles, but was looking for more personal answers in a discussion. I like to know what people do. I have kept SW tanks for years and in August just started my first FW aquarium since I was like 12. The rules are so different that I feel like a newbie when I ask about FW aquaria and like the rhetoric of hands on experience.

Five Cories sound good. What about the Tetras? I have six, would ten be too many? Not enough?

:-)

ladayen 02-22-2013 04:55 PM

Do you know what your water parameters are?

Hardness and PH?

Platys and neons/cories have quite different needs and and some of your fish are going to be at best uncomfortable or might be slowly dying even.

Should find out that before adding anything else.

fairghum 02-22-2013 10:12 PM

With platies and their reproductive capabilities, you may not NEED any more fish!!!:-P

I agree with adding cories and more neons. Just don't overload your tank.

wake49 02-23-2013 06:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ladayen (Post 1440884)
Do you know what your water parameters are?

Hardness and PH?

Platys and neons/cories have quite different needs and and some of your fish are going to be at best uncomfortable or might be slowly dying even.

Should find out that before adding anything else.

I actually do not know my params. I did a water change about a week ago and before that my last test strip said I needed one (Trates were high). pH is always around 7 or a hair above and GH is around 20.

I have had the tank up and running for 6 months and the only thing I have lost is one Cory and a Gourami. When I initially set up this tank I asked for a good stocking list here and I was told Platys, Tetras and a Gourami would be good with Cories to clean up the gravel some.

wake49 02-23-2013 06:32 AM

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Originally Posted by fairghum (Post 1441212)
With platies and their reproductive capabilities, you may not NEED any more fish!!!:-P

I agree with adding cories and more neons. Just don't overload your tank.

I haven't had any signs of them reproducing. Are they like saltwater clowns and change sex if need be?


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