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How would You stock a 20 gallon

I am thinking of restocking my 20 gallon long tank aswell as rescaping it.

Instead of just naming my favourites (because i like a lot of fish), i was thinking of trying another method :

if YOU had a 20 gallon planted tank, how would you stock it?

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Lets see. some barbs, tetras (doesn't matter what kind), shrimp, oto, plants, puffer, catfish and some loaches.

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I'd set up an Asian-themed community tank to complement my current South American. I'd probably feature a large school of rasboras. I'd hunt down some of the fantastic new and rare Asian loaches. I'd probably plant the whole tank in just different species of Crypts.





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Going right along with Laura's idea, my current favorite 20g fish is the humble Rasbora Borapetensis (brilliant rasbora). I have 10 in my 20g tank along with a few dwarf loaches and whatever fish I have in QT at the time. For a cheap fish, they are quite striking in my opinion, tough as nails and good schooling fish.

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I'm also thinking of setting up an Asian-themed fish tank.

12 CPDs, some amano shrimp, maybe a pair of smaller gouramies.

Then plants like crypts, hygro and blyxa.
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what are cpd?

i never thought of an asian theme
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oh, i really like that fish, just so expensive though.

any others?
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Some fish that I feel are underrated but would look just as nice are white cloud minnows and zebra danios and leopard danios.

They are super active, easy to take care of and there are many variations.
White cloud minnows prefer cooler water, so you can even get away without a heater.

There are "gold" white cloud minnows (WCM) long-finned (WCM) and a bunch of other variations.

The danios also come in long-finned versions.

I also really like livebearers like platies, guppies and endler's. They are very undemanding and colourful and never shy. The only downsides are that they make too many babies and are poop-factories.
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I just got some threadfin rainbows by chance and I love em!
Dwarf/pygmy cories, pencilfish?
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ah, you know, i actually like the coloring of wcm but i can never see them at any lfs i go to in florida...

i know what you mean though, i have a 10 gallon tank with only grey dull mosquito fish but its actually very peaceful looking.

Zebra danios and leopard danios are cool too. I remember seeing a trio of long fin leopard danios about 6 months ago and they look very nice.

I think i didnt get them because i couldnt find any more ><

plaakapong, i gold threadfin rainbows too because of their finnage but their is only one lfs that sells it (its family run) and its 4-5 dollars a fish D:

You know, i think that the reason why i never see these underrated fish is because new aquarist dont even look at them and go straight to the new ones so the lfs decides not to stock them...

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Has anyone ever tried Diamond Tetras before?

they seem like pretty cool fish.
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I have Diamond Tetras and I really like them,and the way that they glisten.They are an active fish,and under good lighting they are sure eye catchers.They are also one of the largest Tetras,and I have one that is nearly 3 inches long now.When they are young they are more streamlined,but when they age they take on a more rounded shape.They are one of my favorites,if not my most favorite Tetra.


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I have been unintentionally breeding them, apparently, for the last year. I have a fry I just spotted in my empty 10g. I wouldn't recommend them for a 20g, though, because you just can't see them school in the great way they do in a larger tank. I'd go with smaller fish.

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well, i am planning on converting my 29 gallon to a planted and the 20 gallon to a goldfish tank.(this is mostly so that i can keep more stem plants without trimming every day and that my anubias arent as close to light)

Should i still not keep diamonds? Because the tank is still the same footprint, just taller.
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