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xslinds 05-20-2008 10:10 PM

What should I do with my 20 gallon high?
 
I have one male betta and two loaches. I was going to add a few otocinclus, bought one a week ago, but it died today :( ..I changed my mind about those. I would like to add a few more fish, but I don't know what type. Suggestions?

Lupin 05-20-2008 10:34 PM

Re: What should I do with my 20 gallon high?
 
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Originally Posted by xslinds
I have one male betta and two loaches. I was going to add a few otocinclus, bought one a week ago, but it died today :( ..I changed my mind about those. I would like to add a few more fish, but I don't know what type. Suggestions?

What species are these loaches? Only schooling fish I'd try are the harlequin rasboras and then corydoras/kuhli loaches.

xslinds 05-20-2008 10:38 PM

They are botia kubotai.

herefishy 05-20-2008 11:28 PM

These loaches are a very active fish. They like to be kept in groups of 3 or more and provided with "gathering places" such as caves and broken flower pots. I don't think that Cories would be the best choice for these gregarious little fish. Upper level fishes such as danios, tetras, rasboras and other would make excellent tank mates.

xslinds 05-21-2008 10:03 AM

I've been considering getting another loach. But I was afraid 3 would be too much for a 20 high. Though it is planted and does have hiding places. How many schooling fish would be ok?

Lupin 05-21-2008 07:26 PM

I'd consider an upgrade to 55g before getting more loaches. 6 harlequin rasboras should be fine but again, if you wish to add more, consider an upgrade. A tall tank is just not adequate for schooling fish especially loaches.


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