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Thread: Stocking Ideas

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    Well now that I've given away my two Red Eared Sliders I'm now left with an empty 20 gallon long. I'm not entirely sure what I want to do with it yet. I know I don't want to do a planted tank as, for me, they get very cumbersome and I'd like to focus my attention only on the plants in my 10 gallon and not have to keep track of multiple planted tanks. My choices are:

    1. an Asian tank with a schooling fish, maybe some loaches and possibly some hara jerdoni.

    2. a South American tank with sand, driftwood, leaves some schooling fish, maybe an apistogramma species and whatever else I think would do well.

    3. And lastly an African cichlid tank. I've always really loved African cichlid tanks I just really don't like the enormous ones with thousands of fish. I was looking more on the lines of a species only tank for a small cichlid, perhaps a shell dweller. I've recently fallen in love with shellies and it'd be cool to have a a few individuals from one of the smaller species. Could someone perhaps help me out on that? I've been trying to find a list or a site that shows the smaller shellie species but its really difficult.

    Whatever I decide I'm sticking to the same basic layout. Sand, driftwood, rocks, leaves, etc. I am definitely not going to do a planted tank. I'd love to do a shellie tank with some large stones and a ton of shells. However, as stated before I can't find a suitable, attractive species that would work. Depending on the species you guys recommend I was thinking of having multiple species of shellies in this tank but as I'm in-experienced with African cichlids I'll most likely stick to a single species.
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    If you don't want to do plants I would go with a shell dweller tank you could start with 5 or 6 multies and it would be perfect for a 20 long.
    20 gallon tall: empty
    29 gallon: moderately planted with 9 bloodfin tetra, 1 german blue ram, 11 glow light tetra and 1 BNP
    10 gallon QT: empty

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    Asian, schooling tank. I always love to see a big group of schooling fish.
    50g African Cichlid Tank ♦ 30g Planted Community Tank ♦ 2g Pico Reef ♦ 45g Hex Goldfish Tank ♦ 10g Planted Betta Tank ♦ 55g Oscar & JD Tank ♦ 40g JD Juveniles Tank

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    Quote Originally Posted by Limming View Post
    If you don't want to do plants I would go with a shell dweller tank you could start with 5 or 6 multies and it would be perfect for a 20 long.
    Do you know any other smaller species? I'm just trying to get myself a little list together so I can find what attracts my eye and find what's available to me to purchase. Multies are very cute :D I've seen them around quite often.

    @Special K I was considering it, but I'm not entirely sure. I'm not so much a fan of most of the schooling Asian species. I really dislike almost every barb species and I cannot stand minnows XD I'm really picky about my fish. I've always really disliked minnows, maybe because I've lived mostly in areas where all there was to catch in streams around my house were minnows, I'm just bored with them.

    However at the same time if I find out my water has awful buffering capacity and keeping cichlids would be an issue I may do a South American tank with large pieces of driftwood, sand, and a leaf-litter bottom. That'd look nice with some tannins leaching in, some schooling fish and maybe an apisto. I would prefer a shellie tank though, considering I already own an apisto species and I just want to get a little variety into my system and experiment with different fish.
    Last edited by Gesp56; 07-17-2013 at 06:23 AM.
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    After a bit of researching I've come up with a stock for a tanganyikan tank. I was thinking a small group of Neolamprologus multifasciatus maybe 4 -6 and the anywhere from 1- 3 Julidochromis transcriptus. What're your guys' opinions? Do you think the two species could co-inhabit a 20 gallon long or am I in over my head?
    My 10 Gallon Aquarium Journal
    10 Gallon Planted: 1x Apistogramma trifasciata, 8x Nannostomus marginatus
    20 Gallon: 1x Mikrogeophagus ramirezi, 10x Nannostomus beckfordi, 3x Otocinclus vittatus


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    I haven't kept tangs but from what I've read it'd be best to keep it to the multis only.
    20 gallon tall: empty
    29 gallon: moderately planted with 9 bloodfin tetra, 1 german blue ram, 11 glow light tetra and 1 BNP
    10 gallon QT: empty

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    Alright thank you so much for the help. I haven't decided yet. I definitely know that I'm going for a shellie tank now. I'd love to add Julidochromis transcriptus, but if they won't work hopefully I can find something that can. Idk I don't really like species tanks unless they're absolutely necessary. I like seeing interactions between different species and to be quite honest I've fallen in love with J. transciptus.
    My 10 Gallon Aquarium Journal
    10 Gallon Planted: 1x Apistogramma trifasciata, 8x Nannostomus marginatus
    20 Gallon: 1x Mikrogeophagus ramirezi, 10x Nannostomus beckfordi, 3x Otocinclus vittatus


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    If you like the J. transciptus would it be possible to do a species tank for them?
    20 gallon tall: empty
    29 gallon: moderately planted with 9 bloodfin tetra, 1 german blue ram, 11 glow light tetra and 1 BNP
    10 gallon QT: empty

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    I was thinking about it. But I had my eyes set on shellies no matter what. After a bit more searching around I have a stock list in mind:

    Neolamprologus multifasciatus 6-10
    Julidochromis transcriptus 1-3

    Depending on how many of those two species I add I might add a small school of some sort of dither fish. A lot of forums and threads I've come across seem to come to the same conclusion that multies feel safer and come out more when there's a nice small school of dithers swimming over head. I know its a bit of a risk mixing the two cichlid species but I've been reading a lot that the species do very well together and can co-inhabit a 20 gallon long easily.

    We'll see. This tank won't be stocked probably for several months so I have time to debate and work things over.
    My 10 Gallon Aquarium Journal
    10 Gallon Planted: 1x Apistogramma trifasciata, 8x Nannostomus marginatus
    20 Gallon: 1x Mikrogeophagus ramirezi, 10x Nannostomus beckfordi, 3x Otocinclus vittatus


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    Anyone have anymore suggestions for this stock list for my 20 gallon long?:

    Neolamprologus multifasciatus 6-10
    Julidochromis transcriptus 1-3

    Might also add a small school of some sort of dither fish.

    If you see problems that could arise with the Julis and Multies but believe another cichlid species would do well with the multies, don't hesitate to make a suggestion.
    My 10 Gallon Aquarium Journal
    10 Gallon Planted: 1x Apistogramma trifasciata, 8x Nannostomus marginatus
    20 Gallon: 1x Mikrogeophagus ramirezi, 10x Nannostomus beckfordi, 3x Otocinclus vittatus


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