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Old 03-08-2011, 05:11 PM   #1
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Do you think this is a large enough tank?

20 gallons. 2 angelfish, a red tailshark, and a baby swordtail?

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Old 03-08-2011, 05:41 PM   #2
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You could probably make that work, I wouldn't say it's terribly overstocked but don't add anything else. Bigger would be better. Just remember that baby swordtail won't be a baby forever so maybe leave that fish out of the mix?
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Nope. Red Tail Sharks need 55g or bigger. Angels need minimum 30g.
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I haven't heard that angels need a 30. I heard 10 gallons per angelfish though,

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Old 03-08-2011, 05:58 PM   #5
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+1 for mfd. The angels and the RTS will get much too large for a 20g.
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+1 for mfd. The angels and the RTS will get much too large for a 20g.
Make that +2 for mdf. Angels need atleast 30gallons
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:17 PM   #7
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Angels will need a taller tank. However a 20 tall lacks enough foot print. Sure you could do 10g per angel...in a 50 gallon.
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I would say yes, thats great. Some people will say no, but, you can make it work. Just don't add any other fish to the tank.
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Have you ever seen a fully grown angel? They don't stay 3" like most of the ones you see in stores. In a 20g tank, an angel is going to be cramped big time. Also, a very active swimmer like an RTS is going to suffer as well.
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I would say yes, thats great. Some people will say no, but, you can make it work. Just don't add any other fish to the tank.
Please don't spread misinformation. Would you really condemn 2 fish that get 6" tall and 5" long and another fish that will get to 6" with a fish that hits 4" in a 20 gallon tank?

It's not just about stocking levels. Heck, build me a filter large enough and I can house 100 fish in a 1 gallon bowl.
It's about space and aggression.
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What If I took out the swordtail? And won't the red tail shark just roam the bottom? Don't worry I'm probably getting a 36 gallon and might sell the red tail shark. Thanks guys know. I seriously thought a twenty would settle.v

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There's not much roaming to be done in such a small tank. These guys are really active and need a 4' tank. The swordtail has no impact, IMO, on any of what myself or crepe have said. The angels need a bigger tank, whether there's other fish or not.
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Does a 36 gallon sound okay for the angels, baby sword , and say 2 plecos ?

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Does a 36 gallon sound okay for the angels, baby sword , and say 2 plecos ?

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What type of plecos, just wondering. And keep in mind that it doesn't matter if the fish is a baby, you need to go by the adult size. If I just forgot a post already explaining this from you, I'm sorry.

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No perfect entry! and I don't know never owned a pleco before. They always seemed boring to me, but I've suddenly fell in love with them. And the reason I say baby sword. Is because I accidentally stunned his growth and he is 1 inch long for almost 1 year now.

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No perfect entry! and I don't know never owned a pleco before. They always seemed boring to me, but I've suddenly fell in love with them. And the reason I say baby sword. Is because I accidentally stunned his growth and he is 1 inch long for almost 1 year now.

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Oh. Okay. Bristlenose plecos are very cool and only reach about five inches. That's what I'm getting for my tank. Rubberlips are a similar size, and there are a few others that I can't remember. The common plecos in Walmart, etc. are the ones that reach about eighteen to twenty inches. Bristlenose and rubberlips are the way to go.

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Oh okay thanks. Do they have any cool colors? Of course when I said I wanted a pleco/catfish of that type I wanted to get those $200 zebra pleco until I saw the price Lol

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Look up pictures of the bristlenose if you don't know what they look like. They aren't the most colorful, but the males are pretty awesome with those bristles. They look like they need to shave or something. There's always the albinos too. Rubberlips, I'm not sure. I don't know much about them other than size.

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I never was too fond of albino fish in general, but yeah I do like those bristles

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I'm just getting a regular bristlenose. We went to earlmay, and the fish lady gave us the number for the breeder they get theirs from. The guy has a few hundred and he needs to sell some. So we are getting one for like a dollar when at earlmay it's like five bucks.

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