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cbirk 12-27-2010 07:24 PM

Suggested fish for 20 gal sand substrate?
What are some good fish suggestions for a 20 gal tank, with sand substrate? Tank is currently empty so all recommendations accepted!

tanker 12-27-2010 07:32 PM

Someone recommended shelldwellers to me when I was stocking my 20 gallon. The guy who owns the aquarium shop I go to also mentioned them the other day and said they were terrific. A suggestion to research.

Other than that and if you don't get the shelldwellers, then cories.... I love cories. I've got a group of cory habrosus that I'd particularly recommend for a 20 gallon. They are little weeny ones and do a lot of swimming around. Really terrific little fish.

cbirk 12-27-2010 07:39 PM

A quick google of "shelldwellers" gave me a list of 24 different kinds of cichlids that like to live/breed in shells. Is this what you were referring to?

Also with the Corys, I know they like to be in schools of 5-7, does it matter the exact species? Can I get like 3 Panda cory and 3 Hasbrosus ?

tanker 12-27-2010 09:14 PM

I'm not sure if there was any specific fish, they were just mentioned to me as "shelldwellers". I suppose it would depend on what is available in your area, and whether they suit your tank conditions as to what you could get.

As for the cories, habrosus are reported to like bigger groups and they are really little so more is better. Pandas are another good choice. I had just 3 habrosus (then one died, so only 2) before getting more. They are much more noticeable in their bigger group. When I just had a couple you had to try hard to notice them.

I'm hopeless at stocking levels. Hopefully Byron or someone else will see your thread and give you some better advice about how many cories to get.

Christople 12-27-2010 09:26 PM

I bet he was referring to shell fish like freshwater clams as for your cory question... I have never had any. Kuhli loaches are interesting but you need a group of at least five to see any out and about. rams are okay in a 20 as long as you keep up with water quality

tanker 12-27-2010 09:42 PM


Originally Posted by Christople (Post 543798)
I bet he was referring to shell fish like freshwater clams

No, they're cichlids and live in shells. Like this.

cbirk 12-27-2010 10:24 PM

I do love loaches, but I am pretty sure a 20gal is too small for them. most loaches that I keep anyways require a 55gal.
I think I will probably go with some corys as I have never had any before. Just need to find out what kind, and see if I can intermix them.

sik80 12-28-2010 06:27 AM

panda corys stay pretty small, so would be well suited to your setup i think. Maybe a group of 5. I don't think they'd shoal with hasbrosus though as they (hasbrosus) spend less time on the substrate than most corys. Byron has advised before that some corys will happily shoal with other speices but I'm not sure which.

cbirk 12-28-2010 04:17 PM

I will have to read some of the fish profiles and see if I can figure it out, thanks! conviently enoug my LSF just ordered a batch of panda corys!

tanker 12-28-2010 07:22 PM

I think 5 pandas would absolutely be ok. I had my 4 in my 35-litre (they're now in my big tank) and they seemed ok in that. I had my 5 trilineatus in my 75-litre before they moved over and they seemed ok there too. As mentioned, pandas are smaller than other types of cories, so I had 5 bigger cories in my 20-gallon. I'm pretty sure that 5 pandas would be good in your tank. If your tank hasn't been cycled yet, I wouldn't buy them first though. They apparently like an established tank.

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