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    i'm using the time it takes for my tank to cycle to plan, which is more forethought than i usually show, haha.

    i have a 20g long. so, right now, i have six longfin danios (three zebra and three leopard), plus three mystery snails. no heater, and my dorm stays at a constant 72 degrees. my tap water's pH is 7.5, and my water is pretty hard. i'm not planning on planting my tank. i can keep any water change schedule that's required, and i have an aquatech 20-40g filter.

    so, right now i'm considering getting six black skirt or bloodfin tetra, OR maybe a school of white clouds. once i do that, i'll have two groups of smaller fish, so i wanted more colorful, showy fish that would be good solitary or in a pair. would a male swordtail need to be in a group of females to be happy? what about platies? and mollies prefer warm water, right, so they're not an option?

    i have larger gravel mixed with small rough rocks, so some peppered cories wouldn't be an option, right? i read that they need finer substrate.

    any other suggestions for fish that could work would be great! thanks for reading :)

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    I vote for the white clouds. I have both the regular white clouds and golden white clouds. They don't school tightly, so you will see them all over the tank. They also have a long finned variety that they sometimes call meteor minnows. I have heard that they will all school together. If you have at least 5, they are very peaceful. You might also look into glofish (zebra danios). I have 2 and will increase their # slowly as the tank matures. You might also look into some red cherry shrimp for added interest, they are OK with the lower temps, but only after the tank is stabilized. For more suggestions, http://aqadvisor.com/ put in your tank size and filter and there is an option to show only fish for your tank. You should do more research, but it gives you more options.
    Last edited by Betta113; 03-27-2013 at 10:49 PM.

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    i went by petsmart to decide between black skirt, bloodfin, or white clouds. i'll definitely be getting 6 black skirts, plus some ghost shrimp (or cherries if i can find them locally). if i saw long finned white clouds, i'd definitely consider them, though! that red is really pretty. thanks for the suggestion
    i already have some zebra danios, and those are great. i've been using aqadvisor.com as a rough guide, it's a very useful site.

    i have a few more questions that i mentioned but didn't elaborate on:

    i think i'd like a male swordtail and two female platies. would that work alright? i always see recommendations to keep swordtails with others of their own kind, but since platies are so close genetically, i figured it would be fine. right or wrong?

    and one more question: i'd really love to get some kind of bottom dweller instead of the livebearers to even the tank out. however, i have petco brand gravel (not rough but not smooth) combined with medium river stones. cories wouldn't be an option, and small species of plecos, loaches, or otocinclus would be ill-advised too, right?

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    Hmmm.. decor wise you could probably get away with otcinclus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by logansanguine View Post
    i went by petsmart to decide between black skirt, bloodfin, or white clouds. i'll definitely be getting 6 black skirts, plus some ghost shrimp (or cherries if i can find them locally). if i saw long finned white clouds, i'd definitely consider them, though! that red is really pretty. thanks for the suggestion
    i already have some zebra danios, and those are great. i've been using aqadvisor.com as a rough guide, it's a very useful site.

    i have a few more questions that i mentioned but didn't elaborate on:

    i think i'd like a male swordtail and two female platies. would that work alright? i always see recommendations to keep swordtails with others of their own kind, but since platies are so close genetically, i figured it would be fine. right or wrong?

    and one more question: i'd really love to get some kind of bottom dweller instead of the livebearers to even the tank out. however, i have petco brand gravel (not rough but not smooth) combined with medium river stones. cories wouldn't be an option, and small species of plecos, loaches, or otocinclus would be ill-advised too, right?
    I would go with the bloodfins. They are active, colorful, peaceful, very hardy and with proper care will live a long time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steeler1 View Post
    and with proper care will live a long time.
    Well, doesn't that apply to most fish in the hobby that aren't annual species?

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    Just because I didnt see it mentioned... Oto's are a cool fish but some find it hard to get them feeding well on algae wafers. The common aquarium doesnt yield enough algae to sustain them fully. Make sure the tank is well established over time to allow forage and stability for those fish if you go that way.

    ALso on the mention of sword tails, they get a bit big for the 20 long that already has black skirts planned for it and any platy or other live bearer. The temp is not being regulated by a heater so I am conscerned about the idea of swordtails being they are a tropical species. They might survive but if the water got much colder you might see signs of stress. Same goes for the black skirts.

    If you had a larger tank I would think a riverine tank would be cool with dojo loaches and white clouds. They do better at the cooler temp's.

    All this goes to Steelers point of propper care. Make sure you do research and maybe its not a bad idea to include at least a small heater to keep the temp around 76 where you can mix tropicals with cold water.
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    thanks for all the replies! this forum has been a godsend. i've been researching like crazy, but it's so hard when half of what i read contradicts the other stuff, haha. anyways, i definitely won't go with a swordtail, then, thanks! like i said, every site suggested a different tank requirement, heh.

    i'm lucky to live in a new dorm with a very precise thermostat, so it's always 72 degrees, but if i move i'll definitely get a heater for stability.

    and one last thing: so otos would be possible? i don't want to keep anything that won't be happy. would it be a good idea to plant the tank with something just to make sure they had something to snack on if i didn't have enough algae? i'd definitely offer blanched veggies if i went for some otos (which i won't until the tank is very established).

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    If you suppliment their diet with blanched veggies they can be fine as long as you can get them eating it. Live plants wont do anything for them specifically but is always a nice addition to any tank. That part is up to you.

    A lot of sites are contradicting. What you want to take into consideration is where the fish is from. You can find that pretty easy by googling the type of fish.
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