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rales12
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PostPosted: 2011.01.23(Sun)22:26    Post subject: 20g stocking ideas? Reply with quote

We picked up a new 20g (high) tank yesterday, and I'm trying to decide on what to put in it.

I told my husband he could have some say in what goes in this one. So far he's decided he wants "black gravel", is all. At the pet store the other day, he pointed out a few fish that he liked;

-Convicts (too big, right?)
-Jewel cichlid (also too big?)
-Tiger barbs
-Sunset (thicklipped) gourami or dwarf gourami
-"yellow" neon tetras

And the only fish I've really been eyeballing lately is rosy barbs.

He likes really brightly colored fish. We already have a school of cardinals, which is why they aren't listed. He finds fish like diamond tetras to be incredibly bland, and announces it to me every time he looks at the school of them in my 75. Wink

As a side note/question... We bought a Marineland LED set-up, so the light it comes with is LED. The little booklet that it came with didn't give any information about the LEDs, so I don't know how to tell if there'll be enough light to grow any plants. Does anybody know where I can look to find this kind of information? I'd like to know the lighting range so I can pick up some plants.
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PostPosted: 2011.01.23(Sun)23:32    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.aquatic-eden.com/2009/09/led-planted-aquarium-lighting-part-1.html

Doesn't sound like the stock LED lights are a high enough power. :/
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PostPosted: 2011.01.24(Mon)10:11    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know... when I switch it on, the light bar is incredibly bright and almost painful to look at. I just want enough light for a low light tank, enough for more than just java ferns. But if that's what I have to work with... that's what I'll work with! Smile Knowing ahead of time will just help me pick out substrate... flourite or plain black gravel. Wink

I did some more looking last night and have a loose idea of what I want

Some ideas:
Assuming the convicts aren't too big (can someone confirm or deny?)
Stocking #1
1 convict
8-10 tiger barbs

Stocking #2
1 Jewel cichlid
8-10 tiger barbs

Stocking #3
1 Dwarf gourami
5 cherry barbs (they're smaller than rosies, right?)
3 zebra or kuhli loaches
3 ottos
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PostPosted: 2011.01.24(Mon)10:36    Post subject: Reply with quote

Only stocking 3 could work but how about pentazona barbs as these are smaller than tigers.

Zebra loaches grow much larger than khulis.

If you want a cichlid you could have a pair of dwarfs with some higher level tetras.
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PostPosted: 2011.01.24(Mon)16:29    Post subject: Reply with quote

Which LED panel is it?

http://www.marineland.com/sites/marineland/products/categories.aspx?id=2054&cid=5523&mid=5528
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rales12
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PostPosted: 2011.01.24(Mon)16:50    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about one of these:

Non-cichlid
3x zebra loaches
3x ottos
1 dwarf or sunset gourami
8-10 cherry barbs

Cichlid stocking
2 German Blue Rams
3x ottos
8-10x mid-upper schoolers, to be decided

I can't find the five-banded barb anywhere around here, diademhill, or they'd be a good option.
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PostPosted: 2011.01.24(Mon)17:07    Post subject: Reply with quote

Too many fish in both options.

If you have a pair of cichlids or the zebra loaches you only have room for a small shoal of cherry barbs or tetras/harlequins.
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PostPosted: 2011.01.24(Mon)17:46    Post subject: Reply with quote

Should I plan for more like 5 fish in the shoal?
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PostPosted: 2011.01.24(Mon)19:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd go with the kuhlis over the zebras, they are really cute and stay pretty small. Sticking with the ideas you've given I would look into doing something like this maybe,:

1 Dwarf Gourami
3 Kuhli loaches
6-8 Harlequin Rasboras

The rasboras stay a little smaller and are pretty cool to look at, there are lots of dwarf gourami variants, and the loaches are rather cute. Plus this gives you fish on all levels, the gourami will stay near the top, the harlequins near the middle, and the loaches in the substrate.
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PostPosted: 2011.01.24(Mon)20:58    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good advice here.
I personally like Khiara's suggestion, and it kinda sorta keeps a somewhat Asian theme.
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