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Precautionary note - I tend to ramble, so I apologize in advance.



It's been at least 15 years since I last had an aquarium; I worked in a small aquarium shop at the time. It seems quite a bit has changed in that time. I decided to setup a 20L aquarium in my office at work.



Thinking of going with live plants and doing a small community setup, mainly considering a few cory catfish, some tetras and danios, and possibly either a male betta or a few females. I've been browsing the forums to try to find an answer to just a few questions:


  1. I originally purchased an Aqueon Quietflow 20 HOB filter. After reading a few other recommendations here on the site, now, though, I'm not sure whether to stick with that and possibly add a sponge filter to supplement it, or possibly return it and go with 2 Quietflow 10 HOB instead, and possibly still supplement those with a sponge filter. I could possibly even go with 2 Quietflow 20 with a sponge filter, but that just seems like too much.
  2. Being that this tank is going to be setup in the office at work, I'd like some plants that would be relatively hardy - lots of info out there, but I wondered if anyone here had recommendations.
  3. Considering the live plant route, what substrate options should I be considering? I noticed a few "pre-packaged" substrate options, though I don't know if those still need to be mixed with other substrate or not.

Would love to hear from anyone willing to offer some advice to someone just starting to get their feet wet again - no pun intended!
 

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Hello Mo...

Good for you in getting back into the hobby. I'd recommend a 40 gallon breeder tank. The dimensions make it easy to work on your aquatic plants and you have enough room for a variety of fish.

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Hello Mo...

Good for you in getting back into the hobby. I'd recommend a 40 gallon breeder tank. The dimensions make it easy to work on your aquatic plants and you have enough room for a variety of fish.

M


I would love to have something that size - possibly for my next setup at home.



Unfortunately, this tank is going in my office, so space is a concern. I'm actually surprised my manager even said I could go with a 20 gallon setup; I certainly don't look forward to ever having to move it!



In fact...I'm beginning to question my decision altogether and wonder if I shouldn't just go with a smaller 5-10 gallon tank, though I know that certainly limits my options on stocking...


Any opinions? If I were to downgrade to say, a 10 gallon, what considerations should I make for plants, filtration, and stocking? With the 20 gallon, I was thinking of going with a betta, 5-6 neons, and 4-5 cory catfish, and maybe a few snails or otocinclus - obviously not ideal for a 10 gallon setup, and possibly overdoing it even in a 20 gallon. I still haven't made a decision on plants, mostly because I'm hung up on what to do for substrate.


If I were to stay with the 20 gallon, the filters listed below are the sponge filters I was considering - any thoughts? Again, any advice is much appreciated!

https://www.amazon.com/Aquapapa-Sponge-Filter-Betta-Aquarium/dp/B01N7V15LJ/ref=pd_ybh_a_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=WJ4ZAA3CF4C8XEHCX0KD


https://www.amazon.com/Aquapapa-Sponge-Filter-Betta-Aquarium/dp/B01L8PXSNQ/ref=pd_ybh_a_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=WJ4ZAA3CF4C8XEHCX0KD
 

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Hello again Mo...

You know, back in the day when I was working, I'm retired now. But, I thought about a fish tank at work. After considerable thought, I decided against it. A couple of reasons: I didn't want to be cleaning it on company time. If someone came in my office, they'd think I was slacking on company time. And, what if for some reason, I got laid off? Then, I'd be breaking down the tank and that whole thing would be awkward. I worked for 34 years for this company and now, I have several tanks at home and play with them all the time. I'm glad I didn't set up a tank at work.

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Precautionary note - I tend to ramble, so I apologize in advance.



It's been at least 15 years since I last had an aquarium; I worked in a small aquarium shop at the time. It seems quite a bit has changed in that time. I decided to setup a 20L aquarium in my office at work.



Thinking of going with live plants and doing a small community setup, mainly considering a few cory catfish, some tetras and danios, and possibly either a male betta or a few females. I've been browsing the forums to try to find an answer to just a few questions:


  1. I originally purchased an Aqueon Quietflow 20 HOB filter. After reading a few other recommendations here on the site, now, though, I'm not sure whether to stick with that and possibly add a sponge filter to supplement it, or possibly return it and go with 2 Quietflow 10 HOB instead, and possibly still supplement those with a sponge filter. I could possibly even go with 2 Quietflow 20 with a sponge filter, but that just seems like too much.
  2. Being that this tank is going to be setup in the office at work, I'd like some plants that would be relatively hardy - lots of info out there, but I wondered if anyone here had recommendations.
  3. Considering the live plant route, what substrate options should I be considering? I noticed a few "pre-packaged" substrate options, though I don't know if those still need to be mixed with other substrate or not.

Would love to hear from anyone willing to offer some advice to someone just starting to get their feet wet again - no pun intended!

You might take a look at the methods in the link in my signature.


Just my planted tank methods.

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Hello again Mo...

You know, back in the day when I was working, I'm retired now. But, I thought about a fish tank at work. After considerable thought, I decided against it. A couple of reasons: I didn't want to be cleaning it on company time. If someone came in my office, they'd think I was slacking on company time. And, what if for some reason, I got laid off? Then, I'd be breaking down the tank and that whole thing would be awkward. I worked for 34 years for this company and now, I have several tanks at home and play with them all the time. I'm glad I didn't set up a tank at work.

M

Very valid considerations, which is all the more reason I was reluctant. I've actually decided to return what I've purchased so far and go with a much smaller, more manageable setup with just a single betta. In the future I'll probably setup something at home; right now, I've got a number of home improvement projects going on that make it less than ideal to consider a setup at home.
 
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