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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2014 12:14 am Post subject: 20G Freshwater tank - Help needed before buying Reply with quote

 So  my  parents  agreed  to  buy  me  a  20G  freshwater  tank  as  my  B'day  gift   Cheering  
 
 I  have  a  few  questions  before  I  can  go  forward  with  my  purchase.  The  tank  is  going  to  be  a  freshwater  non-planted  tank.  
 
 Q1:  I  have  a  50W  heater  and  a  sponge  filter  which  is  currently  being  used  in  my  fishbowl.  Will  they  suffice  for  a  larger  20G  tank  or  i'll  need  to  get  a  bigger  heater  and  filter?
 
 Q2:  What  kind  of  gravel  will  be  the  best?
 
 Thanks  in  advance  for  your  inputs   Thumbs Up
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2014 11:17 am Post subject: Re: 20G Freshwater tank - Help needed before buying Reply with quote

                                                   
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So  my  parents  agreed  to  buy  me  a  20G  freshwater  tank  as  my  B'day  gift   Cheering  
 
 I  have  a  few  questions  before  I  can  go  forward  with  my  purchase.  The  tank  is  going  to  be  a  freshwater  non-planted  tank.  
 
 Q1:  I  have  a  50W  heater  and  a  sponge  filter  which  is  currently  being  used  in  my  fishbowl.  Will  they  suffice  for  a  larger  20G  tank  or  i'll  need  to  get  a  bigger  heater  and  filter?
 
 Q2:  What  kind  of  gravel  will  be  the  best?
 
 Thanks  in  advance  for  your  inputs   Thumbs Up                

 
 
 please  update  your  location  ..  also  which  fishes  are  you  going  to  keep?  if  a  heater  is  necessary  is  a  question  depending  on  your  location(  the  temperature  at  your  location)  and  the  fish  you  are  going  to  keep  Smile  ..
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2014 2:06 pm Post subject: Re: 20G Freshwater tank - Help needed before buying Reply with quote

 Location  is  Delhi.  It  gets  quite  chilly  here  between  December  to  Feb  with  temps  near  5c  at  nights.  I  do  have  a  heater  which  i  keep  at  26c.  
 
 Regarding  the  fishes  I'm  not  sure  yet.  I'm  planning  to  get  bottom  dwellers  like  corydoras  (if  available),  and  fishes  that  will  occupy  the  middle  and  top  regions  so  as  to  have  fish  in  every  area  of  the  tank.   I  wish  to  get  bigger  fishes  over  shaols  of  tetra  and  likes.  
 
 Do  suggest  fishes  if  you  have  some  in  mind  Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2014 2:10 pm Post subject: Re: 20G Freshwater tank - Help needed before buying Reply with quote

                                                   
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Location  is  Delhi.  It  gets  quite  chilly  here  between  December  to  Feb  with  temps  near  5c  at  nights.  I  do  have  a  heater  which  i  keep  at  26c.  
 
 Regarding  the  fishes  I'm  not  sure  yet.  I'm  planning  to  get  bottom  dwellers  like  corydoras  (if  available),  and  fishes  that  will  occupy  the  middle  and  top  regions  so  as  to  have  fish  in  every  area  of  the  tank.   I  wish  to  get  bigger  fishes  over  shaols  of  tetra  and  likes.  
 
 Do  suggest  fishes  if  you  have  some  in  mind  Smile                

 
 you  could  go  for  cichlids  ..  cichlids  have  lots  of  varieties  and  they  are  very  beautiful  too  ..  check  this  video  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPybKZkH1CQ  ..i  would  suggest  you  to  go  for  a  cichlid  community  tank,   u  could  also  go  for  gouramis  or  oscars  etc  if  u  want  very  big  fishes  ..
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2014 2:22 pm Post subject: Re: 20G Freshwater tank - Help needed before buying Reply with quote

 A  20G  tank  is  not  sufficient  for  chiclids,  at  least  not  for  the  ones  in  the  video..  
 You  can  try  Ramirezi,  Apistogramma,  Kribensis..  but  do  your  research  before  going  for  them.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2014 2:29 pm Post subject: Re: 20G Freshwater tank - Help needed before buying Reply with quote

 Go  for  chichlids,  they  are  colourful,  great  personality.  I  miss  my  Melanochromis  auratus   Crying or Very sad   He  was  a  great  guy,  had  to  sell  him  because  he  took  over  my  entire  250  L  tank.  Now,  I  have  angels  but  these  are  boring  slow  moving  fish.  The  only  thing  to  keep  in  mind  is  their  aggressiveness.
 You  can  start  with  a  few  small  convicts.  Also,  most  chichlids  dig  in  the  gravel.  A  big  oscar  will  try  its  best  to  redecorate  the  tank   Very Happy  So,  use  small  pea-gravel.  Black  colour  is  good  for  hiding  the  fish  poop!
 OR  if  you  don't  want  chichlids,  you  can  keep  platys,  guppies,  gouramis.  
 A  single  sponge  filter  might  not  be  enough  for  a  75  L  tank.  Make  one  or  two  more  sponge  filters  (see  youtube  for  DIY  songe  filters).  You  can  run  atleast  two  filters  with  an  air-pump.
 Is  the  tank  in  a  concrete  room?  Concretes  are  better  in  keeping  in  heat  than  aluminium  or  steel  sheets.  If  you  room  temperature  stays  at  a  comfortable  level  for  you,  your  50W  heater  might  do  the  job.
 
 One  more  thing,  do  not  buy  those  silver/tiger  sharks,  these  are  pretty  cheap,  but  they  get  very  big.  If  you  can't  provide  enough  space,  they  will  die  or  damage  themselves.  Research  before  buying  fish!
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 I  read  somewhere  that  cichlids  get  territorial  and  their  agressive  behavior  can  lead  to  fights  between  them  and  stress  to  other  habitants  of  the  tank.   How  many  cichlids  can  be  safely  kept  in  20g  tank?  And  what  about  othrr  fishes  to  go  with  them(if  any)?  
 
 
 Can  i  keep  oscars  in  a  tank  of  this  tank?  
 Can  i  have  some  other  combination  of  fishes  that  can  go  into  this  tank?  
 I'm  not  looking  to  get  sharks,  or  any  livebearer  fishes  and  dwarf  gourami  (they  were  too  timid  for  my  liking)
 
 @Rajdeep  :  yes  the  tank  is  in  a  concrete  room.  Im  gonna  use  my  50w  heater  and  if  it  doesnt  suffice  ill  upgrade.  And  will  add  another  sponge  filter  to  the  tank.
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 Your  best  choice  is  keeping  Rams,  although  you  will  need  to  maintain  good  water  quality  with  them.  I  have  never  been  successful  at  keeping  Rams!   Crying or Very sad  Keep  some  cardinal  tetra  with  the  Rams  for  colour.
 Or  you  can  keep  Yellow  labs,  but  your  tank  size  is  limiting.
 
 Oscar  is  a  no-no.  Too  big  for  your  tank,  they  grow  big.  My  opinion  will  be  to  go  for  a  pair  of  Rams.  Go  for  the  cheapest  variety.  Once  you  lean  about  their  requirements,  you  can  switch  to  costlier  varieties  like  the  blue  Ram.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2014 11:20 pm Post subject: Re: 20G Freshwater tank - Help needed before buying Reply with quote

                                                   
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I  read  somewhere  that  cichlids  get  territorial  and  their  agressive  behavior  can  lead  to  fights  between  them  and  stress  to  other  habitants  of  the  tank.   How  many  cichlids  can  be  safely  kept  in  20g  tank?  And  what  about  othrr  fishes  to  go  with  them(if  any)?  
 
 
 Can  i  keep  oscars  in  a  tank  of  this  tank?  
 Can  i  have  some  other  combination  of  fishes  that  can  go  into  this  tank?  
 I'm  not  looking  to  get  sharks,  or  any  livebearer  fishes  and  dwarf  gourami  (they  were  too  timid  for  my  liking)
 
 @Rajdeep  :  yes  the  tank  is  in  a  concrete  room.  Im  gonna  use  my  50w  heater  and  if  it  doesnt  suffice  ill  upgrade.  And  will  add  another  sponge  filter  to  the  tank.                

 
 
 hey  sorry  i  had  ignored  the  fact  that  your  tank  is  20g...  oscars  are  too  big  for  your  tank  ..  and  your  right  cichlids  will  get  agressive  ..
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2014 8:19 pm Post subject: Re: 20G Freshwater tank - Help needed before buying Reply with quote

                                                   
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Your  best  choice  is  keeping  Rams,  although  you  will  need  to  maintain  good  water  quality  with  them.  I  have  never  been  successful  at  keeping  Rams!   Crying or Very sad  Keep  some  cardinal  tetra  with  the  Rams  for  colour.
 Or  you  can  keep  Yellow  labs,  but  your  tank  size  is  limiting.
 
 Oscar  is  a  no-no.  Too  big  for  your  tank,  they  grow  big.  My  opinion  will  be  to  go  for  a  pair  of  Rams.  Go  for  the  cheapest  variety.  Once  you  lean  about  their  requirements,  you  can  switch  to  costlier  varieties  like  the  blue  Ram.                

 
 Cardinal  tetra  look  amazing  in  a  shoal!   
 Also  searched  for  kribensis  and  they  were  good  too.  Next  on  the  list  would  be  ram.  I'm  thinking  of  a  cichlid-tetra  tank  as  long  as  they  don't  hurt  each  other.  Gonna  keep  cory  cats  for  the  future.
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