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post #1 of 4 Old 11-26-2018, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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Starting a new tank need advice

So I have recently got a 20 (US) gallon 80 (UK) liter tank off eBay. I am fully aware of tank cycling and water hardness etc. According to my local water supplier, the water is soft, a more accurate number and pH will be given once I get the stuff I need from my local fish specialist.

In this 20 gallon tank I want to have a community tank. The fish that I want to have are as follows:
Dwarf pufferfish (1)
Kuhli loach (Dont know many I want)
upside down catfish (Dont know how many I want)

Can someone please give advice on whether these fish are compatible, some advice on some easy to get hold of plant for said tank, whether I should use the plants in cycling, and also the % water changes I would be expecting to do weekly. Finally, what would you suggest I do the fishless cycling with.


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post #2 of 4 Old 11-26-2018, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
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also is this substrate acceptable would you say?
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post #3 of 4 Old 11-26-2018, 05:00 PM
you might try the methods in my signature and here:

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)

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post #4 of 4 Old 12-01-2018, 02:17 AM
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The substrate looks like carbon...but I bet it shows the fish really well. I have some ciclids that would look dynamite in that color.
Keep tabs on your numbers..they will tell you what you need to do water changes, etc
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