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Fish Frenzy 03-01-2007 09:06 PM

Help Picking First Fish

I am having a really hard time picking my fish and need help!

First off, I am a fish newb and have a 20 gallon tank, which I would like to have fish in by mid March at the latest.

I know I want Panda Cories, but my fish lady told me to wait until I have had other fish for at least a month before getting bottom feeders. So I will.

But I can't pick what else to get! I was thinking Tiger Barbs, but I don't want them bugging my cories. Then I was thinking Dwarf gouramis, but I heard they can be aggressive and I don't really know how many to get, if I should start a tank with them or what else they go good with. (But I really do like the look of them)

Can anyone suggest something good to start my tank with?

I don't want anything overly big because I do not want to limit myself. I would like a nice, small variety.

Thanks! :D

musho3210 03-01-2007 09:15 PM

if you like color, platies are for you. They come in almost any color and are very hardy, they prepare the tank for your cories and other weaker fish. Do you know what cycling is?

Fish Frenzy 03-01-2007 09:19 PM

Yes, I do. I was planning on doing fish cycling, I don't feel comfortable doing the ammonia cycling with my first tank. So I wanted a really hardy fish to start with.

Will Platies work well for that?

musho3210 03-01-2007 10:03 PM

yes platies are some of the best choices for cycling a tank, along with danios

Trishfish 03-04-2007 09:04 AM

I just cycled with platies and they do seem to be quite hardy. If you choose them make sure you get at least two females to one male. They're very easy to sex. I would also recommend you get males who start off noticeably smaller than your females. They're supposed to be a little smaller at maturity but I have a mutant monster who rules the tank.

GobbleDog 03-07-2007 01:56 PM

Largemouth bass make excellent pets.

tophat665 03-07-2007 11:28 PM


Originally Posted by GobbleDog
Largemouth bass make excellent pets.

But better entrees. :P (Caught my first at the age of 2. 20". Mom helped reel it in.)

daisycutter 03-07-2007 11:35 PM

black belly limias-small peaceful livebearer thats as hard as nails very hard to find in stores so better go with the platys and/or danios

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