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post #1 of 10 Old 02-18-2018, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
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10 & 20 gallon fish options?

Hi, i'm a fish keeping newbie, and I just got a 10 and 20 gallon aquarium. The 10 is 10.5 x 20.25 x 15 in (w x l x h). The 20 is about 14 x 26 x 19 in. I purchased the 10 and then my uncle gave me a 20. I think I'll put pool filter sand and plants when I cycle them, but I don't really have any ideas for stocking. I kinda want a centerpiece fish and schooling fish for them. I think I want pygmy cories and shrimp in my 20 and shrimp in my 10, will that work? I would greatly appreciate any ideas!
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post #2 of 10 Old 02-18-2018, 07:58 PM
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Hello! Since you are new to fish keeping I recommend that you get fish that work with your water conditions. I think that a good start would be to get a decent liquid test kit. You will want to know your ph and also kh and gh values. Also make sure that your home does not have copper pipes. It is easy for shrimp to overdose with copper. They can only handle a miniscule amount. They do need some copper to live, but again just the tiniest amount that occurs either naturally or is in small amounts in some foods. Have you familiarized yourself with the nitrogen cycle yet? There are stickies posted on this forum that will tell you all about it. What are you planning to use for a filter, light etc? I do like the thought of a bunch of little corys. I used to have a bunch. This was one of my favorite tanks. Such cool little fish.

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post #3 of 10 Old 02-18-2018, 08:01 PM
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Just reread your post. You obviously know what cycling is. I think you should start off with a bunch of plants during cycling. Corys love lots of plants.

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post #4 of 10 Old 02-18-2018, 08:06 PM
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Thanks! I know some about the cycling process because I had a betta in a 10 gallon like 6 years ago and I learned about cycling, but that was the only fish I ever had. I saw the pygmy cories at a fish store and I thought they were cool, so I wanted them in my tank.
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post #5 of 10 Old 02-18-2018, 10:01 PM
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I think for the 10 gallon you can go with a scool of neon tetras or zebra danios, shrimp and guppies.
For the 20 gallon you can put a school of neon tetra or zebra danios with one or two anglefish. Maybe you can do something else besiest the school but I am like you. You can go with guppies to. You can have shrimp wit all the fish I listed.
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post #6 of 10 Old 02-18-2018, 10:24 PM
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I would stick with nano fish kept in decent numbers. Angels need a way bigger tank than a 20 gallon. I sent you a message?

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post #7 of 10 Old 02-19-2018, 06:48 AM
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Yeah I agree, Nano fish of less than 2 inches in length, full grown, for the 10. For the 20, small fish of around 2 inches full grown. While the 20 is twice the volume of the 10, both are small tanks that require small fish.

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post #8 of 10 Old 02-19-2018, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
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So my plan for the 20 is 8 or so cories, a school of tetras, maybe some amano shrimp, and dwarf gourami. I don't know how many I can put though. And for the 10 I might do something with male guppies.
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post #9 of 10 Old 02-19-2018, 10:51 PM
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Sorry I am still thinking about my 25 tall because I call it 20. I used to keep them in a 25 gallon tall and it worked out very well.
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post #10 of 10 Old 02-20-2018, 04:20 PM
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I use the methods in my signature

maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

see: https://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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