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Stocking a 20g tank :)

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Me and my dad recently put a 20g planted tank together and we're just looking into stocking.
I was thinking:
-1-2 Honey Gouramis
-8-10 Harlequin Rasporas
and maybe some Octocinclus and/or Panda Cory

We're both new to the hobby so some tips on stocking would be great
(Im a little worried about cory on Eco Complete I've read it can be damaging to their barbels)

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First Question, 20 high or 20 long. It can make a big difference
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Second question, what's your filtration?
Third question, what's the plant stocking level (low, medium, high?)

Eco complete should be fine, IIRC, the missed barbels are due to bad water quality as opposed to Eco complete. Just keep up on your water changes, and it shouldn't be too bad of a problem.

So many fish/plants/inverts to keep, not enough aquaria.
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Hey
Me and my dad recently put a 20g planted tank together and we're just looking into stocking.
I was thinking:
-1-2 Honey Gouramis
-8-10 Harlequin Rasporas
and maybe some Octocinclus and/or Panda Cory

We're both new to the hobby so some tips on stocking would be great
(Im a little worried about cory on Eco Complete I've read it can be damaging to their barbels)

Thanks in Advance
Don't worry about the eco-complete: it's rounded enough that cories won't have a problem with it.

Sounds like a nice choice of fish. I'd wait a while to add otocinclus, as it takes a bit for the stuff they like to eat to build up in a tank. And, for the pandas, get at least a group of five. Corydoras is a shoaling species, and they're happiest with a few friends around.

Is this a 20-regular or 20-long tank?

Good luck!

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Great choices, have fun!!! I love the Cory, I have longfin peppered which actually had babies (17 gallon tank). In same tank as a flame dwarf gourami who is the queen of the tank. All cory catfish do best in groups of at least 3, ideally more. I also have Sterbas which are very cool and active, different 17 gallon tank with a school of cardinal tetras. Otos are a must and also do best with at least 3. Pandas are way cool as well. I have shrimp in my tank with the tetras and love watching them, who would have thought!. They add some color and movement without the bio load. Also love my mystery snails! Amanos are great, but more expensive. I have had harlequins in the past and they also do great. My tanks are heavily planted so I found that very colorful fish look best, don't disappear! If you get smaller fish, get a huge school! Think about colors, top, middle and bottom fish and movement and of course, the ones you love and must have!!!

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PS - acclimate carefully, watch your water chemistry, keep tank clean, read, read, read!! Many excellent people here to advise!

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