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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-25-2013, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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My 20 Gallon build

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I'm about to start a basic 20 long tank with the idea that it will be easy to maintain but freaking awesome. The idea is simple, heavily planted with 8-10 cpd's and tons of red cherry shrimp. I also want some type of catfish whether it me corys or ottos. Would either one be safe to keep with shrimp? Also I need some suggestions on solid low light plants. Thanks and Happy Holidays.
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I have cherry shrimp in a community tank with small tetras and leopard cories.
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i have cherrys with 5 Pygmy Corys in a 20 long and they are fine. The Pearls might eat the babys tho

Anubias, java Fern, Java Moss are all pretty safe bets. S. repens grows tall under low light if u like that plant (i love it)
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Thanks for the suggestions!
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I personally prefer ottos over corries but neither will harm your shrimp.
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I'm planning a similar tank. Mostly interested in the CPD's but plan to keel cherry shrimp too.Are you planning on keeping this thread updated cause I would be interested in your progress.
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I'm planning a similar tank. Mostly interested in the CPD's but plan to keel cherry shrimp too.Are you planning on keeping this thread updated cause I would be interested in your progress.
Indeed I am. Good luck with your tank!
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I LOVE the personality on cories but I also like how well of cleaners otos are. They're both pretty dang cute though!

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I LOVE the personality on cories but I also like how well of cleaners otos are. They're both pretty dang cute though!
This is a hard choice.
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I'm worried about having too many fish and having too high of a bioload what do you guys think is an appropriate number?
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I'm worried about having too many fish and having too high of a bioload what do you guys think is an appropriate number?
http://www.aqadvisor.com/AqAdvisor.p...rchMode=simple

This you will find a fairly helpful tool. Tells compatibility, water change suggestions etc.
Someone mentioned that Cory's have good personalities. If you keep that in mind when this site makes suggestions as to the compatibility of any two or more types of anything, you can see where that is a quirk which they don't factor in.
Of course when they say "NO/DON'T" and you say "yea, but it might"...it likely would be good if you had a place to move
the offending critter to, just in case they don't get along. Most shops will take back a fish they just sold you.

And when you said heavily planted, if one aria of that is a dense corner of stemmed plants which you have trimmed the top
off of so they fill the spaces in between each other from new sprouts coming up due to the trimming, the CPD will not stop
you from having a few new shrimp as the babies will stay in the dense aria till they get large enough to be out in the main
aria's of the tank. In fact, a sponge filter is all that's needed for a filter in there and if placed behind such a space, will
provide the babies a great food source as anyone who has a sponge filter will tell you that the RCS are always on it picking
food from it.

The shortest distance between any two points is a straight line...in the opposite direction...
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Current stocking plan is 5-7 pygmy cories and 8-10 cpd's. Might want to add 5-7 of another super tiny fish? Suggestions on what type?
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