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Old 12-22-2011, 09:29 AM   #51
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I think, and feel free to disagree, that this discussion is likely not going to lead anywhere - here's my suggestion, and I think most of the folks here would agree.

Get your tank up, running, and cycled.
Add one fish and sit on it. Wait. Check your levels constantly and see how it goes. Personally for a 20 I wouldn't do more than 4 small fish, but that's captain understock talking here. Once you know that the tank is cycled and has enough bacteria to support that fish, add another one. Repeat. I would tend to agree that 5 is the absolute max I would suggest.

I've seen people pack a butt-ton of fish into a tank before too, but just because the stuff is alive doesn't mean its healthy or happy, lets keep that in mind.

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Old 12-22-2011, 09:35 AM   #52
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Originally Posted by zacheyp View Post
I think this will be the order
1 goby
WAit a week
The other goby
Wait 2 weeks
The gramma
Wait 2 weeks the clowns
Replace "week" with "month or more" and you might be ok. That is still very heavy stocking IMO for a 20 gallon and certainly more fish than I would personally add. Remember- the fish you see at the lfs are almost never adult size.

Your tank is going to be less stressful and more enjoyable if you choose a reasonable stock list. It seems that you just want to cram as many fish as you can in there- not a recipe for long term success IMO.

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Old 12-22-2011, 09:46 AM   #53
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I agree with a month after each. I do think that you have 1 too many fish for a 20g also, only plan 5 for my 30g.
You don't want to overstock as that is where problems occur, less fish will be less stress on the current occupants as they need their own teritory, otherwise it will be very stressful for them.

I agree with everything in the post above. Most fish are usually only juvies when they are at the LFS

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