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Markkkkk 07-26-2007 07:01 AM

For a 20 Gallon Tank
For a 20 Gallon Long Tank could i get these fish?

3 Danios
8 Neon Tetras
2 Cories
1 Pleco (LFS doesn't have otos)
maybe a school of Tiger Barbs?

or if that doesn't work:
1 Betta
10 Guppies
can i have 1 pleco?
or anything else

Also im worried that my Marineland Penguin 200 Bio-Wheel filter is going to suck the fish against the canister thingy, is there anything i could do?

Thank you :D

Lupin 07-26-2007 07:06 AM

Your first stocklist is fine. What pleco species does your lfs have? If this is a common plec, cross that out from your list. Common plecs will outgrow your tank soon enough. Please add 4 more cories and 3 more danios to your roster. Both are sociable and will prefer their company.

For the second option, what gender are your guppies? Male guppies will likely be harassed by your betta if he thinks those are his rivals owing to their stunning finnage patterns.

Markkkkk 07-26-2007 07:14 AM

ohh thanks ill just go with the first list

5 Danios
8 Neon Tetras
4 Cories
6 Tiger Barbs

But just wondering, will the absence of an algae eater affect anything?

Lupin 07-26-2007 07:19 AM


Originally Posted by Markkkkk
ohh thanks ill just go with the first list

5 Danios
8 Neon Tetras
4 Cories
6 Tiger Barbs

Go with pentazona barbs or cherry barbs instead of tigers. In a 20 gallons, they'll likely harass the other tankmates.

But just wondering, will the absence of an algae eater affect anything?

leifthebunny 07-26-2007 09:56 AM

If your LFS doesn't have otos, see if they have farlowella cats. They get to 7" in length, but they are essentially a stickfish and good algae eaters.

Also, I would agree with changing the barbs. Tigers get up to 3" in size and are somewhat more aggressive. Cherry barbs are quite pretty and work well with tetras.

mcdanielnc89 07-26-2007 03:46 PM

do not get otos unless u can really keep them fed ith green foods.. they need to be constantly feeeding.. as it is what they do...

Markkkkk 07-26-2007 07:16 PM

oh i just found out i shouldn't get the first list =[
my parents want colorful fish
soo i'll get try something with the second list

1 female betta
10 male guppies?
10 neon tetra

im really confused on what gender to get on which fish =/

leifthebunny 07-26-2007 07:33 PM

Well, if you want some really interesting fish, you could do a species only killifish tank. They only live for a year and basically live to breed. Another option are several members of the apistogramma family, but they would not do well with the betta and are somewhat touchy and prone to stress easy.

As for the second list above, 10 guppies would be a bit much for a 20g. The female bettas tend to be just as pretty but do not have the flowing fins associated with most male bettas.

There are a number of small "torpedo" tetras that would work well with the betta and are pretty. Cardinal tetras resemble neons, but have red down the complete body. They do tend to be very sensitive to water conditions, so you need to make sure the tank is completely cycled first. There are other color variants of Cardinal (gold for example) and Neons (black, green for example). Glowlight Tetras are pretty as well and are more of a clear body with a red line down the body. I like Silver Mirror tetras, but like Penguin Tetras, tend to be fairly fast swimmers which would directly compete with the betta for food and likely starve him/her (ran into this problem personally, but he's in a new home now :)). Danios would be similar as they tend to be faster swimmers. There are also a number of rasboras which work well with bettas (I have harlequin and gold harlequin with one of my bettas). Another good color fish is a threadfin rainbow which would work well with a betta (I also have 3 with my betta).

sweetwaterarabians 07-28-2007 10:35 AM

You will have loads of color with the guppies and neons. They are also my personal favorites. You might want to get 3 or 4 corys to help keep clean up any missed food.

mcdanielnc89 07-28-2007 01:28 PM

I wouldn't get the betta if you get neon tetras... Neon tetras tend to be fin nippers and will more than likely nip your bettas fins...

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