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gema 06-09-2013 02:04 AM

Stocking a hex
 
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So my husband surprised me last night with a 20g?? Hex tank(actually an octagon and I'm not 100% that it's a 20g but it's definitely bigger than my 15g). Now I know hex tanks are notoriously difficult to stock correctly so I would love some suggestions.
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BackInAction 06-09-2013 10:30 AM

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Originally Posted by gema (Post 2280338)
So my husband surprised me last night with a 20g?? Hex tank(actually an octagon and I'm not 100% that it's a 20g but it's definitely bigger than my 15g). Now I know hex tanks are notoriously difficult to stock correctly so I would love some suggestions.
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here check this out ............maybe this could help you out what you could stock in that tank


AqAdvisor - Intelligent Freshwater Tropical Fish Aquarium Stocking Calculator and Aquarium Tank/Filter Advisor

ZivaD 06-09-2013 10:58 AM

Aquarium Volume Calculator - this will help you determine the actual volume of the tank....which will help.

gema 06-09-2013 05:42 PM

I'm fairly sure it's a 20g. I was just wondering what other people's suggestions were for a tank this size and shape.

Jester10 06-09-2013 09:35 PM

Gourami and some shrimp or maybe a Blue Ram would look really nice.

gema 06-11-2013 06:07 PM

Hubby has decided that his tank is going to be his project. I made him promise he would carefully consider his stocking options. He said he would quite like some neon tetras. Would neons be ok in this tank?

jaysee 06-11-2013 06:47 PM

That's a hexagon, not an octagon :-). Oops, it is an octagon. Darn phone.

My 30 gallon hex was difficult to stock. I layered the tank with small fish - top, middle and bottom.


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Byron 06-11-2013 07:01 PM

Jaysee has the right idea. And with tall tanks which have no horizontal swimming room, you want to stay with generally quiet fish that are not active swimmers but more browsers. And neons are such. But before we get to that, what are your water parameters? There are many small fish but they will often be wild caught and rarer, so knowing the water params is a good starting point. GH (general hardness) and pH, and KH/Alkalinity which is important to tell you what the pH might or might not do. This you can ascertain from your water supply folks, they likely have a website.

Byron.

gema 06-11-2013 11:01 PM

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Originally Posted by Byron (Post 2299162)
Jaysee has the right idea. And with tall tanks which have no horizontal swimming room, you want to stay with generally quiet fish that are not active swimmers but more browsers. And neons are such. But before we get to that, what are your water parameters? There are many small fish but they will often be wild caught and rarer, so knowing the water params is a good starting point. GH (general hardness) and pH, and KH/Alkalinity which is important to tell you what the pH might or might not do. This you can ascertain from your water supply folks, they likely have a website.

Byron.

Hi Byron.

I have soft water 2.2dGH and pH of 7.2 from the tap but has naturally lowered to 7 in my tank which I'm guessing will happen in my husband's tank as well?

gema 06-11-2013 11:03 PM

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Originally Posted by jaysee (Post 2299066)
That's a hexagon, not an octagon :-). Oops, it is an octagon. Darn phone.

My 30 gallon hex was difficult to stock. I layered the tank with small fish - top, middle and bottom.


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What are the dimensions of your 30g hex? Also what fish did you end up going for?


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