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Old 12-07-2014, 01:55 AM   #11
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Yeah if he was a .15 cent feeder he's most likely a comet.

My suggestion like others said is to return him or give him to someone with a gold fish set up. He will get much too large for that tank and he does need different water parameters (temp)


Once you have everything cycled you should probably add more Corey's. They are shoaling and like to be in bigger groups too like the tetras


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Okay will do! Thanks for all the info! For fresh water what should be the reading of a good water???
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0 ammonia, 0 nitrites, and under 40 nitrates, and ph around 7 are the main ones. The lower the nitrates the better though and with the ph it is better to keep it stable than try and move it around a lot. Anywhere from 6-8 is fairly decent. It depends on the fish types in the tank.

I think someone mentioned it previously but the liquid tests instead of the test strips tend to be a little more accurate


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Old 12-07-2014, 02:14 AM   #13
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0 ammonia, 0 nitrites, and under 40 nitrates, and ph around 7 are the main ones. The lower the nitrates the better though and with the ph it is better to keep it stable than try and move it around a lot. Anywhere from 6-8 is fairly decent. It depends on the fish types in the tank.

I think someone mentioned it previously but the liquid tests instead of the test strips tend to be a little more accurate


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Thanks so much! Just order them online and should be here by the 12 ... Once I have those reading I'll add another group of fish!
Angela, what would you recommend to add next? Tropical fish that you recommend
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It all depends what you like- given that it is a 20 gallon and you will have the group of neons and then if you add the cories I would stick with anther smaller tetra or maybe a single flame dwarf gourami as a centerpiece.

You just don't want to add aggressive fish with neons - so I would avoid barbs, and black skirt tetras and other more aggressive fish. And also you don't want fish that get really big - I would definitely avoid clown loaches, plecos, and rainbows. The rainbows don't get as big but they are super fast and need a lot of space.


I really like guppies - lots of variety but then you get into the possibility of babies if you have both male and females. If you do add both males and females make sure there are at least 2 females for every male, if not 3. They will chase them to death



Micro rasboras are pretty cool. I don't have a ton of experience with them though


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It all depends what you like- given that it is a 20 gallon and you will have the group of neons and then if you add the cories I would stick with anther smaller tetra or maybe a single flame dwarf gourami as a centerpiece.

You just don't want to add aggressive fish with neons - so I would avoid barbs, and black skirt tetras and other more aggressive fish. And also you don't want fish that get really big - I would definitely avoid clown loaches, plecos, and rainbows. The rainbows don't get as big but they are super fast and need a lot of space.


I really like guppies - lots of variety but then you get into the possibility of babies if you have both male and females. If you do add both males and females make sure there are at least 2 females for every male, if not 3. They will chase them to death



Micro rasboras are pretty cool. I don't have a ton of experience with them though


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Love love love this ❤️❤️❤️ thanks for taking the time and writing this paragraph! Really do help me decide what to add next! Thanks bunches
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Ember tetras are pretty neat too. You could add more of them because they are small

You just don't want to add too many and over stock the tank. That's when diseases show up as you can get more spikes in ammonia/nitrite and nitrates can build up quickly and it tends to stress fish out in an over stocked tank


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Ember tetras are pretty neat too. You could add more of them because they are small

You just don't want to add too many and over stock the tank. That's when diseases show up as you can get more spikes in ammonia/nitrite and nitrates can build up quickly and it tends to stress fish out in an over stocked tank


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Sounds like a plan to me I sure do want to add more tetras and at least 2 or 3 more Cory catfish.
I absolutely don't want to deal with pregnant guppies ... It would be too much for me and more since I am new :/ ... But I do like flame dwarf ... It would actually fit in with the theme of my tank.
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Yeah babies can be tricky. Guppies breed like crazy too.

The one thing to keep in mind chain stores especially sometimes give really bad advice. If you have questions or doubt something definitely check here

Aq advisor and live aquaria are good sites. I always buy from local stores or the classifides on here but I often double check live aquaria for compatibility and basic info on a fish - suggested tank size, size of the adult fish, ph and temp


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Yeah babies can be tricky. Guppies breed like crazy too.

The one thing to keep in mind chain stores especially sometimes give really bad advice. If you have questions or doubt something definitely check here

Aq advisor and live aquaria are good sites. I always buy from local stores or the classifides on here but I often double check live aquaria for compatibility and basic info on a fish - suggested tank size, size of the adult fish, ph and temp


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Thanks. I sure will use those sites! Thanks a lot for your help!
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Old 12-07-2014, 03:18 AM   #20
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Alright! Congrats and welcome to the hobby. It's addicting and gets even worse when you take the leap into planted tanks. That's where I started.

You have two female guppies. Bad news: females are practically born pregnant. Nearly every female from the LFS will join your tank full of babies.
Worse news: they don't even have to breed every time they drop a clutch!
Good news: there isn't much room to hide in your tank. So babies will be exposed.
Better news: neons and guppies LOVE to eat fry. I've seen my guppies pop out fry and turn around and eat them.

I admire that you didn't do the trendy thing and buy males. I don't have an answer for your comet issue. If you can return him do it. Other wise.... Sigh. Water changes will need to be a mandatory weekly thing, maybe biweekly depending on your water readings. As you're cycling it's going to be a delicate thing.

Plus 1 for prime! Prime is your best friend.

After the tank runs for several months I say more cories! Preferably the same markings as the ones you already have. I have 6 in my tank 3 like you're, 2 peppered, 1 albino and they pretty much stuck with those who look like them, they'll mingle some times but I rarely see the peppered apart and the false juli stay pretty close too.

As for a center piece I bet a dwarf gourami would be okay.

Once you get the hang of this, come to the dark side and learn about planted aquariums. Good luck.


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