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post #1 of 83 (permalink) Old 07-28-2011, 09:03 AM Thread Starter
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Red face Can't decide on tankmates

I upgraded my sorority into a 20 gallon tank.

It's heavily planted with real and fake plants, the substrate is medium sized gravel.. I have a heater at 28 and a sponge filter in there..

The tank has been running since June so it's cycled and I do 50% weekly changes in the water...

I will have six girls in there (right now it's 5).. And they're learning to get along with each other right now.. My problem is that the tank looks pretty empty and I want it to look "alive".. I want to have 3-6 more fish in there but I don't know which ones. :( And I'm confused because there are so many different opinions out there. Any actual experiences would really help..

My options:
Fancy guppies (2-3 females, 1 male)
Danios (6)
Platies (same as guppies)
Tetras (neon? or which others? 6)
cory cats, if I can find them and afford them but worried about substrate(3-4)

Any other options are also welcome :D Thanks!

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I'd say danios just so your one guy can have company. Platies or guppies so your fishies have food. Neons nip. Maybe try harlequin rasboras, they're peaceful.
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What about the whole "the guppies will be dead in 3 hours" theory? Do danios nip? They're quite shy with my tetras.. I'm liking the idea of platies.. And I'm going to google harlequin rasboras XD

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The Girls: Kamikaze, Beeuty Qveen, Beefcake!, Chunkers, Awesome Sauce
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Guppies . . . depends. I haven't gotten the opportunity to put a betta with my guppies yet. Then again, Awesome Sauce and Chunkers ARE big girls . . . platies will definitely be able to hold their own, being 2" or so. Neon tetras nip and may be too small. Danios do nip but maybe if you kept a big enough group they would stay occupied with themselves and ignore the girls? Plus, they ARE fast . . .
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If your worried about the new fish, of all the ones you listed, platies are probably the safest since they get as big or bigger than female bettas. If your worried about your girls, Youd need a decent sized school (6-7) of Danios or Neons to minimize the chances of fin nips

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Danios or tetras can't do any more nipping than the girls do to each other, haha.
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Neons is out, the whole neon disease and being tiny is scary, like I'll wake up one day and they wont have eyes or something.
Right now I'm thinking platies (big and peaceful and food), danios (lively and fast but small), guppies (pretty and food)... I'll look for the barbs, I didn't like the rasboras so much.. But I'll check out my lfs...

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Yes, and I doubt they carry around dynamite, either XD

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With the kind of nipping these girls do, I'd be worried about the new fish losing fins XD

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Haha, yeah. Your girls do nip as much as any danio or tetra. And personally, I don't really care for harlequin rasboras either, I've just heard they're peaceful. But dull-looking. Very dull-looking.
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