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Old 11-13-2018, 04:26 PM   #1
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Stocking help

I've been doing research and thought it just might be a good idea if I asked people with experience as well.
I have a 20 gallon high freshwater tank. It's actually the one in my avatar but i'll upload a file as well. It's designed as a half open swimming area and half planted hiding places. All the plants are real (except a purple one in the front).
I was looking at rummy nose tetras or harlequin rasboras and maybe a honey gourami or other centerpiece fish.
I was wondering how big a school can put in there and what centerpiece fish (if any) would be good for that size tank?
it will be finished cycling soon, I just have to get the ammonia down a bit.
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Old 11-13-2018, 08:47 PM   #2
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Rummynose and harlequins are great fish!
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Old 11-14-2018, 11:37 AM   #3
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Thanks I like both of them but how many can i keep in there without overstocking?
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I like all tetras and rasboras, esp. harlequins. I am not fond of the idea of a "centerpiece fish." Most all fish are happier in groups and I think isolating one as a single individual of one species is not good for the fish. Besides, almost all fish look better in groups. Get two schools instead of a centerpiece, I think.
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I agree with the last post. Cichlids and gourami are at their best when they are happy, when they are happy they are spawning

If those two species are all you are doing then I would do ten each
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I did the two schools thing in a 20 long for a while with Colombian and glowlight tetras, and I honestly hated it. I love active, colorful fish but it's just WAY too hectic for my tastes, not relaxing to watch at all. I'd go with one bigger school (the fish will like it more anyway) and like, a pair of dwarf cichlids or a small group of honey gouramis.
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Old 11-15-2018, 08:54 AM   #7
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The only other school I would want would be corydoras but I already have baby mystery snails i'm planning on keeping so just one school would be fine.
My question is (and has been) how many fish in a school can i keep without being overstocked.
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Thanks I didn't see that
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Old 11-18-2018, 03:59 PM   #10
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I don't know if I would put Rummies in a 20-high. They're active swimmers who (at least in my experience) are happier in a long-style tank. That said, harlequins are a great choice, with maybe a school of neons for contrast.
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