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lenalover 02-08-2011 07:50 PM

What types of fish to get?
I have a 20 gallon tank. Right now I have 3 female bettas, 1 male betta, 1 blue gourami and 1 orange platy.

I really like colourful fish like guppies, gouramis, platys etc.

Also, all the fish kinda keep to thereselves, especially the platy and the gourami. Should I get some more platys, or would it make a difference?

zpeck30 02-08-2011 07:52 PM

i have no idea how the male bettas and gourami get along with the others... you mustve gotten lucky somehow

lenalover 02-08-2011 07:54 PM

^^ It's really weird, because every single male betta I've had gets along with the gourami. I have had 2 others in the past that got along with it as well. They were even good with the guppies :S haha

LasColinasCichlids 02-08-2011 07:55 PM

I think you are pretty much stocked, but the gourami is fine solo, probably prefers it. As for the platy I am not sure, as I havent kept them before, just never personally liked them, lol.

lenalover 02-08-2011 08:01 PM

^^ Okay thanks! I was maybe thinking of getting a couple corys or something?

LasColinasCichlids 02-08-2011 08:07 PM

For that tank size, stick to smaller cory...the albinos are smaller than most...just remember that they do best in groups of 5 or more...however, I know people who have one or two in smaller tanks that are fine.

My cory (habrosus) are super small, and could seem like food to some of your fish, as they max out just over an inch, and when you buy them, they are generally 1/2" or smaller.

and if you are interested, have you looked up otocinclus? They are pretty cool catfish cleaners that stay small (2in max).

lenalover 02-08-2011 08:10 PM

^^ Thanks! Wow, I really like that catfish that you said. It's good they stay small too. 5 years ago, I bought 3 plecos, thinking they stayed small. And wow I was wrong, they grew to be like 7 inches long! They all died off now, which is good because they were taking over! haha
Thanks :)

LasColinasCichlids 02-08-2011 08:31 PM

There is a pleco that stays smaller than others, and that is a clown pleco...they usually get about 4-5". I got pissed off last week while at the aquarium store when I overheard a salesperson saying to a customer that it would not get any bigger than 3"...and their clown pleco was already 3"!!!

Yeah, and other plecos, when they get larger can be aggressive and have been known to eat smaller fish.

lenalover 02-08-2011 09:19 PM

^^ That must have been what happened when there were weird disappearances of my fish :S

LasColinasCichlids 02-08-2011 11:12 PM

That is a good possibility.

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