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  1. Default Help stocking 20 gal tank


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    Hey all I have a 20 gallon tank and I am looking for help/advice/suggestions for adding a few non schooling fish that will do well with what I already have in the tank.
    Currently I have 5 false julii's, 5 black neon tetras, 5 serpae tetras and 1 emerald cory. We are going to donate the 5 serpae tetras and 1 emerald cory to the LFS, the serpaes are nipping at the other fish. We are planning on replacing the serpaes with 5 cardinal tetras. That way we have 2 sets of schooling fish and a set of bottom feeders. But we want to add a 2-3 non schooling fish to the tank that can possible add some color or a variety in the shapes of the fish. I was looking at a gold twinbar platy at one option. Any other ideas?

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    Would a dwarf gourami make a good fit?

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    They might be aggressive with your existent stock

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    You don't really have any room for a single fish. You could try a dwarf cichlid but only 1. I would up the existing schools and add the dwarf cichlid. It should make for a pretty interesting tank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryann
    You don't really have any room for a single fish. You could try a dwarf cichlid but only 1. I would up the existing schools and add the dwarf cichlid. It should make for a pretty interesting tank.
    Why is that? Aqadvisor shows that I have plenty of filtration and with my current stock of 5 each of julii's, neons & cardinals it has me at 86% stocking level. Just messing around with aqadvisor and adding a guppy, a dwarf gourami and a twinbar platy put me at 103 stocking lvl ( using adult sizes). Which isn't bad. Not that I would add those specific fish I don't know if they are compatible or not, though aqadvisor didn't pop up any red flags.

    Just curious. Am I missing something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bolsen27
    Just curious. Am I missing something?
    Yes.

    Aquaadvisor is a tool for sketchwork & rough drafts - NOT for final drafts.

    Simply put. A 20 is a small tank and when you already have THREE schooling species in it.

    You are pushing the limits of capacity and this puts stocking aggressive species [DG or cichlids] as something you should only consider after you have spent some length of time maintaining the stock you have with lower than usual TrAtes to insure you have the bio-filtration required for more stock.
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    Gotcha. I was using dwarf guorami's as an idea only not completely sold on them. Though everything I read abut them says they are a peaceful fish, unlike other guorami's and that they do well in community tanks. I a new to this so I depend on research and forums like this for help so when I am told one thing from research and another on forums I tend to get confused...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bolsen27
    Gotcha. I was using dwarf guorami's as an idea only not completely sold on them. Though everything I read abut them says they are a peaceful fish, unlike other guorami's and that they do well in community tanks. I a new to this so I depend on research and forums like this for help so when I am told one thing from research and another on forums I tend to get confused...
    I have a dwarf gourami in my 30 with serpae tetras, Colombian tetras and a school of cory cats. he's been a great tank mate and adds a ton of color and movement. I think it might depend on the gourami but you might give one a try.
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, pair kribs, & nerite snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted: EBJD, congos, apple snails
    90 Gal Journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=93939
    Fishless cycling: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
    Cycling with fish: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492

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