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20 gallon numbers for tetra or danio and guarami and Cory’s?

Discussion in 'General Freshwater' started by LanaCarrie, Jul 8, 2018.

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    I’m getting a 20 gallon aquarium (12.5 deepx 24 wide x 16.5 high with heater and s20 marina clip on filter). I’ve researched as much as I can and think I’d like to have the following:

    schoolers: Cardinal or some other tetras or cherry barbs or celestial pearl danios

    centerpiece: honey guaramI(s)

    bottom: panda or salt and pepper cory

    i don’t want to overload my tank and I’m new to the hobby. I like the idea of real plants but have been told to start with fake so I plan to.

    Questions:
    How many schoolers should I get? Could I have two sets? Are there any of the above that are hardier than others? Any recommendations for an alternative (would like colourful)

    do I get 1 honey or a pair? Is there an alternate I should consider (dwarf guarami seem to be susceptible to sickness and betas seem like too much of a fun nipping risk)

    is 4 Cory’s not enough (some places say yes, others say at least 6)

    do I get an algae eater like Otocinclus too? How many?

    Are shrimp or snails an option or does this become too much for a 20 gallon?

    thanks for any advice you have to offer
     
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    CPD's are very small and shy, probably more appropriate for a nano tank.
    Cardinal Tetras are a great choice and are hardy once established.
    Cherry Barbs are very hardy and more active if you want more movement than the more sedate Cardinals.
    I love Panda Cories. I'd go with 5 or 6, as they are schoolers and are more interesting and happy in larger numbers.
    I also love honey Gouramis. Are you talking about the gold ones commonly found in fish stores? I find them to be easier to keep in groups than the wild types, where one breeding male can wreck havoc.
    2 or more would be good, or you can get just one for that matter.
    I'd wait before adding Oto's unless you willing to give them a specialized diet. They do better in a well established tank.
     
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    Thanks much for then info the info! I will get all the fish at a reputable pet store so it sounds like the honey guarami will work. Thanks again!
     
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    If I decided to get skirt tetras instead of cardinals would that be ok?
     
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    Skirts get pretty big and are somewhat aggressive, but yeah, they would work with a few Cories. Keep in mind that later adding shrimp or smaller fish may not work out well with these.
     
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    Thank you! I’ll stick to the cardinals :). Appreciate your help
     

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