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I have just recetly setup a planted 20g high, and I added 3 Panda Cory's after 8 days (not sure if that was a good idea) I also have a Zebra snail in there.

I wanted to get:
4 male Guppies
1 albino (highfin) Bristlenose Pleco
10 Neon Tetras or 6 Black Neon Tetras
and 3-6 Panda Corys, I know this is kinda crowded but I wanted to have fish at all levels of the tank, and I need an algae eater and I heard Bristlenose Plecos are great for that.

I was wondering if it's better to stick with three Panda Corys or six, I know they like others of their species around but is three OK?

Thanks for your help in advance,

---------Mara
 

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3 panda corys will be fine and I wouild get a rubberlip pleco (3" max) instead of a bristlenose (6" max.). A rubberlip stays smaller, is more effective as an algae eater and does not require real driftwood, just a cave or some decor he can hide under during the day.
 

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The Neons MAY nip on the Guppies fins. I read Rubberlip Plecos get about 7" to 10". I may be wrong.

But here is my suggestion:

10 Neon Tetras
4 Panda Cory
1 Albino BN Pleco
And some centerpiece fish.
 

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You're looking at the wrong fish. Rubberlips are L187b and sell at Petsmart for just a few dollars.
 

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I`m not gonna get a pleco, not enough space, Im gonna look into amano shrimp :) so the id be
10 neons
4 guppies
6 corys
4 amano
1 snail

i think that be okay

Ive never heard any trouble about guppies and neons.. but ill look into it
 

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the male guppies will declare war on each other and chase each other around to the ends of the tank... lol....

And if u want to stop that, you need to introduce a few females... well more females then males... and then the guppies will breed like rabbits and crush your bioload in less then 4 months.
 

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the male guppies will declare war on each other and chase each other around to the ends of the tank... lol....

And if u want to stop that, you need to introduce a few females... well more females then males... and then the guppies will breed like rabbits and crush your bioload in less then 4 months.
hmm, I've heard keeping all males guppies was fine :/
 

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yeah so did i, until u goggle kissing male guppies and read how many people see that happening.

at first you think its playing, until you see some of your males with tails ripped :\

The kissing is a declaration of WAR... and no im not kidding.. :\
so whats a good fish for the top of the tank?

gouramis?

maybe ill get a pair of dwarf gouramis
 

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I understand that you don't want a pleco. But just in case someone else reads this and gets the wrong idea, Petsmart and other chain stores don't always have their facts straight. Here is a link to the L187B that they sell.

http://www.planetcatfish.com/catelog/_species.php?species_id=318

I have had a couple of them for almost 10 years (bought at Petsmart) in a 46 gal and a 75 gal and they stay very small. Mine did not even get 3.9", the max. size planetcatfish lists.
 

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I understand that you don't want a pleco. But just in case someone else reads this and gets the wrong idea, Petsmart and other chain stores don't always have their facts straight. Here is a link to the L187B that they sell.

http://www.planetcatfish.com/catelog/_species.php?species_id=318

I have had a couple of them for almost 10 years (bought at Petsmart) in a 46 gal and a 75 gal and they stay very small. Mine did not even get 3.9", the max. size planetcatfish lists.
oh ok, well i think of that if i ever want to get a pleco for my tanks
 

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Yeah, I'll say if you want to keep algae in check, go with shrimp, nerites, oto's and cory's to help maintain it all. PetSmart now saws that Rubber Lips get 5" fyi, I managed there for over a year. They are very misleading when it comes to any species of pleco and similar species. Pretty sure all they care about is money. I almost always refused to sell the typical pleco to anybody because they had no idea what they were getting themselves in to. Anyways, those are stories for another day.

I wouldn't suggest a pair of Gourami's as they will most likely fight off the others in such a small area for territory or fight with each other to claim position. Maybe just 1 gourami like a Honey Gourami.

Hatchetfish, Ghost catfish, rasboras, and danios typically always stay at the top.
 

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Yeah, I'll say if you want to keep algae in check, go with shrimp, nerites, oto's and cory's to help maintain it all. PetSmart now saws that Rubber Lips get 5" fyi, I managed there for over a year. They are very misleading when it comes to any species of pleco and similar species. Pretty sure all they care about is money. I almost always refused to sell the typical pleco to anybody because they had no idea what they were getting themselves in to. Anyways, those are stories for another day.

I wouldn't suggest a pair of Gourami's as they will most likely fight off the others in such a small area for territory or fight with each other to claim position. Maybe just 1 gourami like a Honey Gourami.

Hatchetfish, Ghost catfish, rasboras, and danios typically always stay at the top.
what about a pair of gouramis?

and i cant get otos, well i dont want to
 

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make sure the pleco isnt a common pleco and its a bristle nose pleco.

theres a hugh difference..

the first one can get well over 2 feet... its typically that big fish which u see in youtube thats almost half the length of the tank.

The second one has a growth cap of 6 inches i think.

meh.... but pleco's in general produce enough waste to rival a goldfish.
 
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