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post #1 of 12 Old 03-26-2018, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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Hi, I have a 20g tall aquarium that currently has the following fish
1 molly
3 platys
2 guppies
2 peppered corys (going to get a couple more)
So far everyone is getting along

I want to get a "centerpiece" type fish but I'm not sure what my options are here. I've been told I should be okay with German blue rams or gourami's. I really like the rams.

My water pH is around 7.6-7.7 and the temps about 76-77. Temp is adjustable if I need to.

The tank has had fish in it for about 1.5 months

If anyone has any suggestions I'd really appreciate it.
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post #2 of 12 Old 03-26-2018, 01:59 PM
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Powder blue gouramis are what I have in a 30gal and they are a great easy fish. Can't say anything about the rams since I have never owned any.
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post #3 of 12 Old 03-27-2018, 09:51 PM
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Hi, I have a 20g tall aquarium that currently has the following fish
1 molly
3 platys
2 guppies
2 peppered corys (going to get a couple more)
So far everyone is getting along

I want to get a "centerpiece" type fish but I'm not sure what my options are here. I've been told I should be okay with German blue rams or gourami's. I really like the rams.

My water pH is around 7.6-7.7 and the temps about 76-77. Temp is adjustable if I need to.

The tank has had fish in it for about 1.5 months

If anyone has any suggestions I'd really appreciate it.
Thanks
It's interesting to me that other than the cories, you have all live bearers. Definitely get 2 or 3 more of the cories...they are happier in schools. Rams are really nice bu tend to want an unused terracotta flower pot on it's side or a nice plastic rock formation to claim as a terratory to live in. Gouramis are nice too, but if you mix a male and female together, if the male decides its time to breed and the female is not ready, the male may bother the female and even cause her to isolate and stop eating and die. Just a caution that I've witnessed.

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post #4 of 12 Old 03-28-2018, 09:35 AM
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cories do best in a group of at least 6. so i would agree about the adding of some more cories.

Though I don't have a centerpiece fish suggestion.
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post #5 of 12 Old 03-28-2018, 02:21 PM
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Rams prefer well established tanks because the water parameters tend to be more stable. I really want a pair eventually. I agree about the corys, but also, for a 20G, you are getting close to the safe limit. Have you looked at AqAdvisor.com and checked your stocking level? It is better than one fish inch per gallon.
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post #6 of 12 Old 03-28-2018, 03:16 PM
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As a self proclaimed newb, I donít think GBRs are a good choice - like was said they are sensitive. A better choice would be Bolivian rams because they are much hardier.

Too as a self proclaimed newb, aqadvisor is a good thing to check out for stocking. I think their 100% is a great place for people new to the hobby to stop, cause thereís just no need to do more than that early on. Once your tank, and yourself, are established, then you can start looking at fully stocking the tank, which could be as high as 200% by their calculations.

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post #7 of 12 Old 03-29-2018, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the great suggestions. I'll be checking out that website. For the time being I've just added more peppered corys to put the number up to 5.
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It's interesting to me that other than the cories, you have all live bearers. Definitely get 2 or 3 more of the cories...they are happier in schools. Rams are really nice bu tend to want an unused terracotta flower pot on it's side or a nice plastic rock formation to claim as a terratory to live in. Gouramis are nice too, but if you mix a male and female together, if the male decides its time to breed and the female is not ready, the male may bother the female and even cause her to isolate and stop eating and die. Just a caution that I've witnessed.

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All the live bearers are from store recommendations once the tank was up and going. I ended up getting the corys after doing some youtube/google researching.
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Thanks for all the great suggestions. I'll be checking out that website. For the time being I've just added more peppered corys to put the number up to 5.
Good going on adding more cories. Now be patient for a couple of weeks before adding more fish. That will give you plenty of time to decide on your center piece options.

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Hi, I have a 20g tall aquarium that currently has the following fish
1 molly
3 platys
2 guppies
2 peppered corys (going to get a couple more)
ALL of those fish should be kept in much larger groups then what you currently have.....if you want to add fish, you should be increasing the numbers of your current fish
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