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x2fast4everyone 12-29-2009 05:46 PM

No more adjusting.
Alright so Ive thought about trying peat moss or an r/o unit and i have a massive headache so im just going to buy fish that are suitable for my water type.

GH:250 ppm - hard

I have a 20 gallon fish tank with sand and its planted. So african cichlids are out of the question. All ideas are welcomed.

I was thinking something like:

2 Dwarf Gouarmis - unsure?
Type of Algae eater
Type of bottom feeder

Angel079 12-29-2009 09:55 PM

For folks like me that think in degree of hardness that's 14 that in combo with a pH 7.8...there's actually quite some Cichlid and Livebeares that would enjoy that kinda water. If your tank was larger (like min 55g) I'd def recommend your Rainbows, they'd love that water.

Why do you want algae eater, not necessary unless you really have some serious algae to feed on (and then you had other issues in your tank too).

So yea you can't have most Tetra's but the rest of the world is open to you, only limiting factor I see is the 20g. So find some smaller cichlid for that tank that you like :-)

jeaninel 12-29-2009 11:23 PM

You can do some Tanganyikan shell dwellers. Google them and do lots of research but I think they would be a good fit for your tank.

x2fast4everyone 12-30-2009 04:57 PM

I read up on the shell dwellers and it said they like to pull out plants. So that might not be to good. What about some sort of cory or schooling fish?

Angel079 12-30-2009 06:18 PM

In a 20g a neat Cory school of like 10 Cory would work. Just make sure before your buying what you wanna buy, some Cory types grow to lil over 1" others to almost 2.5" with the tank and a nice larger group you'd wanna have some that stay smaller :-) The one's you see on my profile pic here are fairly small.

x2fast4everyone 12-30-2009 07:25 PM

That could work, what is your tap water like and what do you do to it to keep the fish you like?

Angel079 12-30-2009 08:18 PM

Most all Cory's commonly found in the stores are fine with pH ranges from 5-8 and hardness below 20 - So your water will do (otherwise I'd def not have suggested these fish, don't do that kinda stuff:-) )

Do you mean do I alter my tap in any way? No I sure don't do that :-)

x2fast4everyone 12-30-2009 09:37 PM

Alright that will be my second choice if i cant find any shell dwellers. I will get corys and cherry barbs.

Angel079 12-30-2009 09:40 PM

That'll work, just bare in mind they grow to like 2-2.5" so I'd not get too many Cherry's.

I think that's gonna look real neat, some Cory, some Cherry - Are you gonna plant that too? Think that'd look super neat.

x2fast4everyone 12-30-2009 09:45 PM

Its already fully planted. Ive had this tank for about a year now. I killed my whole stock :-( from before on accident. I put distilled water in my tank. All my plants lived though. Ill post a picture of my tank I just fixed it up and added a new substrate.

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