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Zacheyp's 20 gallon long planted tank!!!

So i'm converting my 20 gallon reef to a planted tank!!!! My reef was a time consuming money pit. I will have some type of biowheel filter, some heater i bought off the internet and a 4 bulb t5ho light fixture. What type of plants could/ should i get. Also all that i know i want in terms of fish is a bristlenose pleco. What other fish could/ should i get. Are there any chiclids i could get? Thanks guys!!!
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Sounds like a fun project! The light may be too much but I'll let hoppy or someone who knows chime in and explain. Have you thought about co2 or fertilizing regimen those are some things to consider.

On the fish side you have allot of options. You could do south American cichlids (a pair or trio) choices are pretty good : Rams (gold, blue, or bolivian), there are many types of Apistos you can keep and then a small school of endlers or a small rasbora or tetra(maybe 5 or 7 depending on your filter)

The bristle nose will one day look funny being n a 20 long, not exactly too big BUT he will grow to to be about 6 inches so he may look out of place.

Off to a good start... Good luck!

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1 T5 HO should be enough for a 20 long (shallow tank). 4 will give you an algae problem like no other...
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Would 2 bulbs be okay?
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You could use 2 bulbs and turn one on or off depending on how it goes as far as algae. You could put high light plants in there. You'd need co2 and fertz to help keep things in balance. DIY co2 would work well on the 20.

+1 on rams. I like otos instead of plecos. They're good like algae cleaners and are really cute. Zebras are really nice looking as well. Rams tend to stick to the bottom, so you can get a top/middle fish. I'm a fan of ember tetras right now.


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Thanks for your help guys if you had a plain 20 long how would you stock it?
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If you had 2 bulbs you'd probably need some type of supplemental CO2 and/or fertilization.

If it were my tank I'd stock it with a big school of some small tetra or rasbora.

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If i had 1 bulb would i need to suplement?
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Heres what im thinking about stocking... Am i overstocked? Can i add more? Do i have agression issues?
A trio of south african chiclids.
3-4 male guppys
a tiny school of cories or ottos
1 female betta
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There are a huge diversity of cichlids you can get. Mikrogeophagus, Pelvicachromis, Apistogramma, Nannacara, Laetacara, Taeniacara, Ivanacara, Dicrossus, and Anomalochromis are the genera I would choose from. Of these, Laetacara, Pelivacachromis, and Mikrogeophagus are the easiest to breed.

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