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  1. Default 20 Gallon in planning


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    So, I'm trying to plan out my first aquarium. I'm looking at a "24 1/4"L x 12 1/2"W x 16 3/4"H" 20 Gallon tank. I'd go bigger, but this would fit perfectly in a spot in my room right now.

    Anyways, I've been debating long and hard on the species. I've pretty much ruled out a Clown Loach(Really wanted one too! Maybe one day.) and Tiger Barbs. DO you guys think these fish would get along and have room in that size tank?

    12 Neon Tetras
    2 Otocinclus
    1 Betta
    3-4 Freshwater Snails of some sort. Any suggestions on the species? I remember having some in a tank when I was younger, but I don't remember what kind they were.

    Thanks for the help in advance everyone.

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    Sorry for the double post, but I just realized this might be some important information. The Betta would be a male.

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    Otos require schools so you need a minimum 8 of them, however they eat algae 24/7 so a 20G wouldn't support enough algae to keep them. You can add cucumber for them but really they aren't suited to small tanks.

    1 betta and 12-15 neons sounds pretty good to me if you look in the snail section of the forum a member posted 2 pics of their nerite snails, awesome colours so check it out.

    I commend you for doing some research and not getting a clown loach!!! They are beautiful fish but that is their downfall. Reaching 14 inches long, needing a school of 6+ and living for 40 years 99% of aquarium owners don't have the means to keep them.

    Don't know how new to the forum you are but read up on cycling a tank if your a newbie
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    Well, I'm glad to hear that the betta, tetras and snails will work out. Are there any of the "sucker fish" that would be able to work in a 20g setup? I really like them but alas, I don't have enough money to buy a larger tank at the moment.

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    Some people may tell you than certain plecostomus will work in a 20 gallon, but more will tell you to go at least to a 30 gallon for them. To add interest to the bottom, I would add shrimp. Something with color like red cherry shrimp. I would highly recommend ordering shrimp online to save money. In stores Tvs can easily go for $3-5 each. Online you typically pay around $1.

    Once your tank is cycled, I would add your neons than snails and shrimp. Wait until last to add the betta and get him as young as you can. Take you time picking a betta too, there ate so many types of bettas out there. My most recent betta is a blue/green half-moon double tail. He's absolutely gorgeous.
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    What is a Tv? And I'm kind of liking the shrimp idea. I saw a few today at one of the pet stores, and I could see adding them to the aquarium. How many would be appropriate? Just one, or more?

    Also, saw an upside down catfish today. Was wondering if 2 of those would fit, or would they need a bigger tank? Thanks for all the advice so far guys!

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    Now THAT was a nice quiet beer... But now that we have had another... Let's go break stuff!! :-P - 850R Thanks for the rep/compliments! - mojosodope Thanks for the rep the other day, cheers - Cliff ...they go with snow, right? - ~firefly~ Thanks for the rep the other day - Cliff 
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    I wouldn't advise you to get any upside downs for your tank size. Often they are hard to I'd when small, some can get upwards of 7inches.
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    Meh, not with your current stock, it wouldn't. I think that the housing should be a little bit larger, though, say, like 30 gallons.

    EDIT: ScottishFish beat me to it.
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    Wow, as cool as a 7 inch catfish would be, that would need a way bigger tank!
    But Cory, what would you recommend to make this work as a 20 gallon? I'm just not going to have enough money to get a larger tank at the moment.

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    Sorry about that, I post from my mobile and it likes to make me look like a idiot. Tvs should have been rcs:red cherry shrimp.
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