Tropical Fish Keeping banner

1 - 16 of 16 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
706 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
I just got a new 20 gallon tank and would like some imput on what I should keep in it (after it's been set up and properly cycled, of course :wink: ). I would like to have tetras or other schoaling fish that are under 3 inches when full grown (no live bearers). Any suggestions? I also like small aquatic frogs, and already have a cory cat that can go in it. I'd also prefer not to have neons. Looking forward to your suggestions for fish, gravel colour, live plants and other decorations. This is SUCH an addictive hobby, I'm loving it!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
891 Posts
Well I don't know what fish you want, but I can help with the aquascape :D

Do you want driftwood? Rocks? Heavily planted? Lightly planted?
First chose a "theme" then we can give you some ideas :D

P.S.- please post a pic!! :)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
13,248 Posts
blue_gourami45 said:
I just got a new 20 gallon tank and would like some imput on what I should keep in it (after it's been set up and properly cycled, of course :wink: ). I would like to have tetras or other schoaling fish that are under 3 inches when full grown (no live bearers). Any suggestions? I also like small aquatic frogs, and already have a cory cat that can go in it. I'd also prefer not to have neons. Looking forward to your suggestions for fish, gravel colour, live plants and other decorations. This is SUCH an addictive hobby, I'm loving it!
The bold sentence: Agreed.:thumbsup: I'm getting so addicted with my tanks.:crazy: I'm looking forward for another tank which is 55 gallons and will contain shoals of harlequin rasboras, diamond tetras and flame tetras.:crazy:

Why not try a shoal of harlequin rasboras with diamond tetras?:thumbsup: They're stunning shoalers.:love: As for bottom, try otos or cories. Maybe hatchets for the surface.:)

Good luck with the fishkeeping.:)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
706 Posts
Discussion Starter #4
Yes, I do like the rasboras as they are small, so can keep many! As for aquascaping, I love the natural looking aquariums with real rocks, driftwood and live plants. I don't know whether to go with natural colour gravel, or my other favourite -- mostly black, with blue or green in it (or a combination of those three colours). Thanks for the input thus far; I haven't even put it on the stand yet or filled it with water, much less purchased the decorative stuff, but it will mean lots with everyone's input :)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
620 Posts
I would DEFINETLY go with the natural look. Meaning get natural gravel, see my avatar, and if your planning on getting any plecos ( :D :D ) than driftwood is a must! Well...you should get wood in the tank anyway it brings the natural look out. Also, your probably not going for the heavily planted aquarium so you can just get a few background plants and maybe some java fern to attach to rocks/wood. There is unlimited answers! And yes... THIS HOBBY IS ADDICTING![/b]
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
891 Posts
You really don't need wood, you could go with an all-rock look with some plants to fill in the spaces.
I've been going with the all-rock look because not many people have it, most people have the driftwood look which I am not very fond of (in my tank), and also I live in Arizona so there are way more rocks around than driftwood.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
706 Posts
Discussion Starter #7
Okay, how do you attach plants to the driftwood? At one of the nicer fish stores here, they sell fancy plants attached to driftwood, and they are very expensive ($80 - $100 each). Would be a great do it yourself thing, if it's possible. I really like how that looks.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
13,248 Posts
blue_gourami45 said:
Okay, how do you attach plants to the driftwood? At one of the nicer fish stores here, they sell fancy plants attached to driftwood, and they are very expensive ($80 - $100 each). Would be a great do it yourself thing, if it's possible. I really like how that looks.
There are few plants which you can attach to the woods. They're Anubias, Vesicularia dubyana(Javan moss) and Microsorium pteropus(Javan fern).
Simply tie them with a black string(which can camouflage to the wood) and wait for a few months until those plants will establish on the wood permanently. Then you can remove the string once the plants have established.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
706 Posts
Discussion Starter #9
I'll have to give that a try (the driftwood with plants on it).

RE: the rocks, Brie, I agree with that. I have seen some absolutely stunning set ups at one fish store and what makes them so pretty are the rocks and the live plants.

I will still have a piece of driftwood though, just not too much because the big one I have in my 46 gallon is still giving off tannin. It takes forever doesn't it? I don't know if I want to buy more new driftwood and go through that again. I have an older, smaller piece I will use for the big tanks. Thank you everyone!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
675 Posts
how about some glass fish with some hatchets and about 6 tiger barbs(In larger groups i heard they are less agresive) maybe a small bottom feeder(you know the ones with there mouths pointed down) and a snail and a bunch of gost shrimp I wish i could fit that in a 5 gallon :D
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,394 Posts
What type of cory do you have? I would suggest getting some more as they like to be kept in groups of four or more :)

As for the tiger barbs - I would be very wary. I added 9 to my community tank, thinking that in a group that size they would be ok. Wrong - they wreaked havoc and I ended up losing a few fish because of them. I now have them in a separate tank.

Katherine :)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
891 Posts
I would rather get bamboo shrimp, so you can actually see them :p
I really hate tiger barbs for some reason. I think they look horrible in tanks. (No offense to people who have them :) )

About the rocks--driftwood can be really expensive if you get it from a pet store, and if you don't live near a stream or lake it's hard to find. Rocks, on the other hand, are almost everywhere. ;)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
706 Posts
Discussion Starter #13
Actually, I like the way tiger barbs look; there are also albino tiger barbs and green tiger barbs also (in addition to the tiger striped ones). I have, however, heard they can be agressive. Glass fish is a good idea; I like the glass catfish (or are they called ghost catfish)?

My cory is.........I'll have to get its name from the lfs I work at. I've had him for about 5 years now (he's kind of brown, very plain; not spotted, and not an emerald green or an albino).

Will likely go with some tetras. If so, I'll use a darker gravel (not natural coloured), as in my past experience the smaller fish don't show up well unless the gravel and background are darker. I'll decorate with rocks, live plants, and one piece of driftwood on which I'll try to attach a plant!

thanks for your tips. I have purchased nothing for this tank yet, so keep the good ideas coming. When it all comes together I'll borrow a good camera and post a photo. :)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
13,248 Posts
Id avoid glass fish(Chanda ranga). Aside from being nearly aggressive, they are best suited in brackish water tanks.

Ghost catfish is still the same as glass catfish. Glass catfish is the original name. I wouldn't recommend mixing this fish with tiger barbs. Tiger barbs are indeed aggressive but they are also nippy and very fast which can stress out glass catfish.
I'd keep the glass catfish with docile fish rather than with tiger barbs and other boisterous fish
Pls take note that glass catfish will thrive best if kept in a group. Buying singly or in pair is impractical IMO. They tend to pine away as they feel insecure in fewer number.

I prefer darker substrate as this makes the fish feel more secure and confident. Same applies to dark background.:)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,287 Posts
I'd skip the tiger barbs, not because they aren't good and interesting fish but because they do get just about 3" long, and will nip the bejeesus out of everything else in a 20 gallon tank. With tiger barbs, I have been advised, they pretty much need their own swimming level (or to share it with fish even meaner than they are) and, in a 20 gallon tank, to an adult tiger barb, everything is their swimming level.

I have had good luck personally with cherry barbs, and I have heard good things about rosy barbs.

Also, as neat as Harlequins are, Brilliant rasboras are also very pretty. More of the classic minnow shape.

My personal preference is for black gravel. I just used eco-complete for my bottom feeder tank, and it's nice and dark, and has all the good nutrients for plants.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
706 Posts
Discussion Starter #16
I bought some natural gravel tonight, but it's the black river rock kind (fine); i like black backgrounds as well, or plain blue. I remember about a year ago I had green gravel in my 25 gallon, and a plant background. the fish were cardinal tetras and a couple of blackskirts. Well, with those colours, they were difficult to see! I was bored and ended up re-homing them so i could keep angels. I changed the gravel and backgrounds to black, and found it was much prettier. (my whole collection of tanks and fish has changed since then, lol)
 
1 - 16 of 16 Posts
Top