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Old 07-14-2006, 06:37 PM   #11
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Wow, great replies. This is something exciting for me because I'm just so used to one big guy in the tank. I've never known much about plants or lighting at all. As a matter of fact, I'm not sure what to feed small fish. I'm used feeding golfball-sized pellets.

((EDIT: In fact, I'm going to officially ask that question))
1) What sort of staple food would I use? I heard feeding flakes all the time was akin to eating potato chips all the time. Is that true? I'd feed it bloodworms and such too probably.

I think you've convinced me to go to at least a 20 gallon. I can't wait.

Any more suggestions on fish would be appreciated. I plan to hold to the community rule of high middle and low swimmers. Thanks again.

P.S. I'll post a couple recent pics of my oscar later. I'm at work right now.
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It is really hard to make specific recomendations. I think a list of fish that you are thinking about and then we can let you know their compatability.

I agree with justonemore20, cardinals and harlequin rasboras would make a really cool school of fish although I don't know if they are compatible which each other. If they are, the schooling interaction would look cool.

Corys on the bottom, Julii(C. trilineatus actually) with albino would be cool. maybe 3 of each. They will school together.

Middle fish, I don't know. Gouramis might be too agressive for schoolers, angels definatley would be, Rams I have no clue about. Maybe someone else can give a good idea for a center to top water fish.

As for pleco, I would recommend the same ones but I would say get 2 of them. When mine are alone they just seem to mope. A male and female BN might be good and you might get lucky and get little ones from them. Just add a little driftwood in a spot and they should be happy. Whatever ones you get, driftwood will make them happy and keep them healthy.

Give us ideas of what you like and we will try to help you make decisions that will be best for the tank and the fish.

Just one more thing, fishless cycling is going to be recommended here. Not many here will recommend cycling with fish. The details on the fishless cycle are in the stickys.
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Old 07-14-2006, 09:04 PM   #13
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I believe SpaceButler has a 55G with the oscar .... should be able to seed the new filter using filter material from that tank for the new tank. That should assure a very fast cycle.
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I'd get 6 of the same cories...not 3 of 2 types. A 20g (make sure its a long) isn't huge, so I'd stick to small cory types for the bottom...pandas, trilineatus, and bandit cories are the smaller, bottom types. Habrosus (salt and pepper) and Pygmy cories are the smallest types, but are more middle and bottom swimmers (so wouldn't be great for the bottom layer). If you can't find pandas, trilineatus, or bandit cories, then I'd go with a pleco. I wouldn't have 2 plecos though. They are big waste producers so you will have enough to clean up after with just one.

Cardinals and harlequin rasboras are compatible. Both are very peaceful.

Most fish aren't a specific top, middle, or bottom fish. Most of them swim all over the tank. I'd just go with 2 schools of 6 or one big school of 10, a centerpiece of gourami or ram, and some smaller cories or a pleco. I don't go by the layers.
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Old 07-15-2006, 12:12 AM   #15
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Lecturing me on cycling. Psha! I'm so insulted.

JK, but thanks for the concern.

EDIT: Also, here's a picture of my oscar most-recent.

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I'll be honest, I've never liked oscars... but yours is really gorgeous.
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SpaceButler - Nice looking fish!!!
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Thank you very much.

And thanks for all the help, but I did some budgeting, and it'll probably be a while before I get another tank.
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