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20 gallon long lowish tech

I completely tore down my old 20 gallon and restarted. I reused the ecocomplete from the old 20 as it is well matured.

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30" finnex planted plus 15-16" from substrate.
Aquaclear 50 HOB
Aqueon 20 gallon long
Ecocomplete
Low level EI dosing
Co2 booster

Plants/hard scape

2 medium size pieces of spider wood
Java Fern
Christmas moss
Anubias nana
S Repens
AR Mini
Lobelis Cardinalis
Dwarf sword

Fish/Inverts (current)

Siamese Algae Eater X1
Olive nerite snail x2

Future: this is where im unsure of which way to go. I will for sure get at least 6 Amano shrimp. Possibly will add some dwarf corries (maybe 6 or so). I would like some color and activity in this tank and am considering rummynose tetra. I would like something a little different though.
I have also considered pseudomugil furcatus. I love the way they look and love that they are not overly common. Let me know what y'all think and also about fish selection.
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How about blue axelrodi?


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How about blue axelrodi?
That's an interesting look. Kind of a weird color. Thanks for the suggestion. Have you kept them?
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Yup, they do fine in hard or soft water
I have two left and they're in a good environment, bought 5 originally, co2 gassed 3 of them
colors of blue to normal flash of these guys, they really one up the neon tetra




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I'm leaning heavily toward 6 or so blood fin tetra with one or two German blue Rams with some amanos. Any words of caution around the Rams in a 20? I have seen a bunch of people keeping them in smallish tanks like this online but I have never kept them before so I'm still debating.
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20 gallon long lowish tech

Really like this scape man. I second going with the P. furcatus they are awesome looking fish. Can't help with the rams though, never kept 'em. As for going with Bloodfins, I prefer keeping smaller fish to make the tank look bigger, but it's up to you.


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Really like this scape man. I second going with the P. furcatus they are awesome looking fish. Can't help with the rams though, never kept 'em. As for going with Bloodfins, I prefer keeping smaller fish to make the tank look bigger, but it's up to you.


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What are you thinking as smaller? Bloodfins get to about 2" right? I have also been thinking rummynose and I know they are about 2" as well.

What does everyone think about chili raspboras? Do they really need their own species tank? My sae is friendly for the most part. Would they do ok with a German blue ram?
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Ember tetras, flame tetras and good old neon tetras are another options.

12++ dwarf cories (c. pegmaeus or c. hastatus) - tiny but a lot of fun to watch.

2 German Blue Rams would be just fine in 20L but finding healthy ones seems to be almost impossible in the last year. I've talked to a lot of LFS and breeders and everybody (in my area) are having problems keeping them alive (some strain of hole in the head going around and they die in a couple of weeks). If you really really want them, better check around and pay a premium.

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Yeah when I say small, I mean like Ember Tetras etc. Once you get to 30 gallons I think Rummynose (5cm) sizes start to look better, because you can keep large schools of them. This is just a personal thing though.


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Yeah when I say small, I mean like Ember Tetras etc. Once you get to 30 gallons I think Rummynose (5cm) sizes start to look better, because you can keep large schools of them. This is just a personal thing though.


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Wow embers are tiny. Just not a big fan of them. I get what your saying about at 30 gallons 2" schooling fish start to look better. I think I'll hold off on rummys until I set up my 40 I have sitting in the garage.

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Ember tetras, flame tetras and good old neon tetras are another options.

12++ dwarf cories (c. pegmaeus or c. hastatus) - tiny but a lot of fun to watch.

2 German Blue Rams would be just fine in 20L but finding healthy ones seems to be almost impossible in the last year. I've talked to a lot of LFS and breeders and everybody (in my area) are having problems keeping them alive (some strain of hole in the head going around and they die in a couple of weeks). If you really really want them, better check around and pay a premium.
I may end up paying for premium Rams. I have been reading posts to that effect regarding Rams as well. I'm liking celestial pearl danios. I need to find some to see in person to get a better idea of them. It's nice that they apparently stay at about 1".
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You need a magnifying glass to see any markings on a CPD

Not to push anything, but embers' color is much brighter in a planted tank then in a store. They are pretty spunky and inquisitive and fun to watch. Maybe I should take pictures of mine.
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You need a magnifying glass to see any markings on a CPD

Not to push anything, but embers' color is much brighter in a planted tank then in a store. They are pretty spunky and inquisitive and fun to watch. Maybe I should take pictures of mine.
Yeah please do!

I just had a tank with cherry barbs and I think that's prob why I'm hesitant to go with another all red fish at the moment.
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Got impatient and bought from local options. I put in 4 blood fin tetra and will double that soon. Instead of a gbr I went with a pretty peach color veil tail betta. Not really the centerpiece fish I was planning but I do love them. I'll post a couple pics later
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