My wife and I are looking for something a little different then what we currently have already for our new 20g tank. Hoping that someone might have some suggestions.
What we already have(and dont want more of atm)
Platys(or any other livebearer)
We do have some harlequin rasboras but we might be interested in more rasboras of a different species, also we have no interest in goldfish, other coldwater fish, brackish or saltwater fish.
It must be plant friendly as we do plan on getting plants sooner or later. We dont want predator fish but aggresive or semi aggresive would be fine. We would like to have at least 2 fish in this tank but otherwise size is not an issue.
Also this tank currently has no light on it(it gets daylight but no direct sunlight), and we were hoping not to put one on it, (we have a seperate thread in the plant section looking for suitable plants.) so would prefer fish that dont require alot of light.
Our ph is mid-high 7's, hardness is 180ppm.
Hope this helped a little bit.
If you are willing to go brackish or even full marine, you should look at either a couple figure 8 puffers or one Green Spotted Puffer, though as he got larger you'd likely need to get a bigger tank. They are so cute and smart and are like having friendly dogs that want your attention. If you want to just stay FW, the pea puffers or dwarf puffers are very cute, they are just so tiny. They would work in a tank your size.
What my husband ment but the original post was just looking for other peoples preferences.... we have gone through the fish profiles on this site one by by one over the last week or so and there are so many possibilities it's hard to narrow down... we only have one fish store in our town the next closest is an hour away and since learning about dyed fish my husband refuses to set foot in there as they sell many different dyed fish... anyways the LFS said they will order us in any fish we may want as long as we let her know before 11 am Tuesday mornings... the store only regularly carries 2 types of tetras, 2 types or livebearer, 2types of barbs, a few loaches and catfish, they sometimes have some gouramis as well.. not much to choose from... so we are just hoping people with experience with other types of fish then us may have some suggestions on fish they have or had that may work for us to narrow the search down a bit
Just be aware that some types of Gourami's from my experience (Blue/Opaline) can be aggressive toward other fish and prefer to be alone. A female is okay in most cases, but males aren't. Just something to be aware of unless you don't mind taking it back, if it doesn't work out. I believe the Dwarf Gourami's are more peaceful.
Space is your main consideration obviously, as others have mentioned. For a 20g, you are (or should be;-)) looking at "dwarf" type species among the Cyprinids or Characins. These are not near so commonly seen as the "standard fare" and include the ember Tetra, Celestial Pearl Danio, Mosquito Rasbora (and several other species in Boraras). There are some "larger" species that do well in a 20g because they are not active swimmers. Any of the pencilfish (species in Nannostomus) in the Characins would come into this category. Require soft water; and Ember Tetra work very well with these, colourful and interesting.
Cichlids are out, except for a pair or trio of one of the dwarf South American species (Apistogramma, Dicrossus genera) if water is soft; if hard, the Lake Tanganyika shell dwellers. Quite different. But plants would be limited, some Corkscrew Vallisneria, a sand substrate, some rocks would make an authentic aquascape.
Gourami would have to be restricted to either the Sparkling gourami (a group of 5) in soft water; or a trio of Honey Gourami is basic water. Companions to these from among the rasbora, one of the dwarf species, or one of the three "Harlequin" type in Trigonostigma. There are some other suitable gourami, but they are not easy fish, and with no intention to disrespect, they take some experience.
Substrate fish for bottom interest, depending upon the upper fish and water params, might include corys, Whiptail Catfish, BristleNose Pleco.
Thank you this narrows the search quite a bit.. I don't take being inexperienced as a disrespect everyone started somewhere again thank you.
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