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  1. Default New 20 gallon High tank

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    I was recently given a 20 gallon high tank that I have set up and had running for about a week. I planted cabomba in the tank as well as have water sprite floating at the top of the tank. I do have a heater and have the tank set around 75-76 degrees at the moment (I am willing to change depending on fish). I also have a Tetra Whisper 20 gallon filter that I have set up.

    I have been looking for a while now on which fish I would like to put in the tank and I always keep coming back to cichlids. I really love almost every thing about them. I really love Tiger Oscars but I know that my 20 gallon is not big enough to house one. :( So basically I was wondering if there is anyone who has any ideas or suggestions on other cichlids that I could house in my 20 gallon? I would not mind if it was the only fish in the tank. If I could keep more fish in the tank (i.e some form of catfish or bottom feeder) I would love to do so. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    My water parameters are as so:

    gH: about 160 ppm
    pH: around 7.5
    kH: around 160 ppm

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    After the tank has been established for awhile you could look into a pair of rams or apistos for a 20g. That is really the best you could do. Oscars need at least a 75g tank.

    You may also want to add a sponge filter to the tank, typically you want to have double the aquarium size for filtration capacity (so 40g filtration for 20g tank etc)

    I would recommend you do a fishless cycle on the tank, look into a small schooling fish that you like (many can be recommended) and then add a pair of bolivian or german blue rams after 2-3 months of the tank running without any issues.

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    Problem with this tank is it offers little floor space so a lot of bottom dwellers are out. Once the tank has matured you could do a group of any of the small otocat species.

    A lot of apisto species, and rams to a certain extend, do enjoy leaf litter and a bit of a blackwater taste. A possible alternative to these species could be any of the smaller gourami species.

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    Yeah, I don't know. I may have to go away from cichlids unfortunately then.

    Does anyone have suggestions for other colorful fish that I could put into my 20 gallon? I like my guppies a lot but I would rather get a different style of fish to put into my twenty.

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    look into a type of micro fish, they are great

    you could do a small school of them, my pic is the type I have in my 10g

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    That's one option. Platies are another if you want big and colourful

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    Or endlers?
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    if you are still open to cichlids a kribensis is also a choice. or an albino kribensis. if no cichlids than as mentioned a platy will be a good choice.

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    Kribs get too big for a 20gallon IMO.

    neons/micro fish will get you a nice pop of color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mizzoutank View Post
    Kribs get too big for a 20gallon IMO.

    neons/micro fish will get you a nice pop of color.
    +1 Yup Go micro IMO.
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