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  1. Default Fun Stocking Question! 20 gallon long aquarium!

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    I'm going out to buy my new 20 gallon long aquarium this weekend. I'm still working on picking out the filter (so if you have any recommendations that would be very helpful) and I'm not sure if I need a heater, because I'm still working on stocking options!
    Of course I will fishless cycle, using the filter media from my current 10 gallon that has the whole ammonia>nitrite>nitrate cycle working perfectly.
    I love all types of fish. Saltwater, freshwater, brackish, whatever! If you were getting this tank, how would YOU stock it? I really am empty minded right now.
    I know I should get a bigger tank, but if this one goes well in a couple months I might be ready to get a 55-75 gallon tank. This hobby really is addicting, and I think I might be developing MTS!

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    I'm just starting up a 120cm long 20gal that I found in the garage.
    For my filter I'm planning on getting an aquaclear 30 or 50, probably 50.
    Personally I like the planted aquariums, I'm planning on heavily planting the tank and using only a few pieces of driftwood and probably only a couple rocks if any.
    I plan on stocking it with a bunch of neons or cardinal tetras and some corys or otos.

    Keep us updated with what you end up doing!

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    A long would make a lovely stream tank. I'd do one of those. Sand, plenty of smooth river pebbles, some twigs. Some vallis for the background.

    Keep the lights on long during the cycle to promote algae growth on the pebbles. Stick on an eheim 2213 or even a 15 to get a good flow. Stock with 10 white clouds and see about getting 2 pairs of any of the chinese gobies. Add 2 or 3 "hong-kong plecs". Stick in a heater as an insurance but set it to the lowest setting of 18, 19c.

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    I already have tetras in the 10g, so I might not want to do that. But I love heavily planted tanks too. So many great ideas, and so few of them can be done in one aquarium!
    A stream tank would be nice, would be gorgeous and natural :)
    Thanks to everyone who's answered so far! I definitely will keep updating and will post pics as I go!

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    If you love heavy planting then get some decent lights and plant well.

    Do you know if your tap water is hard or soft?

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    Soft, usually about 3-8ppm!

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    Do you know what your pH is? Just wondering what the 3-8ppm is for? Mine is generally 7.6

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    For filtration I would go with either an AquaClear 50 HOB or an API Filstar XP-S canister.
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    Portland water is usually on the 6.8-7.2ph range. If it were me, I would say do this:

    black substrate (black diamond sand or flourite)
    light plant that are easy care (anubias nana, java fern, wysteria)
    one small piece of driftwood with some arms. (The wet spot has some great pieces in their show room for this and is your best LFS)

    For stock, I would do two schools, one of Normans Lamp-eyes and the other of a microrasbora like Galaxy Rasbora (aka celestial pearl danio) or Phoenix Rasbora. Dwarf Cory's (6 schwartz come to mind). An appistogramma of your liking (the wet spot usually has 15-20 types... I like the Panduro personally) at 1 male alone or 1 male with 3 females.

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    That is a very viable solution but...

    lacks ambition I think.

    Water that good... yes on the apisto. Cories an option but.. I'd build this around a pair of apisto. Get some ottocats instead of cories. Add a group of 8-10 of a smaller pencil fish. Scatter leafs on the bottom and get a pair of an apisto.

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