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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-10-2012, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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getting 20g tank, what should i put in it?

a while ago i had a betta that died because he was sick straight from the pet store, and it may have been from me keeping him in such a small tank... my brother is giving me a pretty decent 20g tank with a filter and everything and i was wondering what kind of fish, how many fish so its not so crowded etc im not really sure, im new to this whole thing lol any help would be nice, thanks
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-10-2012, 07:43 PM
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Well, you'll need to cycle it first this takes 4-6 weeks, which will give you lots of research time

In a 20, you could have danios - they come as long fin, short fin, leopard and zebra - generally cheap, but will need a heater. They do best in groups of 4-6 or more.

There are also neon tetras, skirted tetras, barbs of all sorts...

My question is... what do you like? fast or slow fish? colors or some...interesting fish (blind cave tetra :o )...?

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xD Guppies.

or, you know, a large awesomely decorated betta home for one lucky betta and some plants. >.>

Is it a 20long or 20 tall.

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-duckweed- -black and white marble, anything but VT-
-javamoss- -koi marble, anything but VT)
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-steel blue or royal blue CT or HM female-
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theres a lot you can do with a 20g, you can do a community tank with some fish that interest you, a lone betta and some compatable community fish, a female betta sorority, you could divide it multiple ways and have multiple bettas, i'd say you're pretty lucky! start a cycle on it first, you'll have lots of time to decide what you want

i'm cycling a tank for the first time also and using this website:
http://www.drtimsaquatics.com/fishless/fishless.html

there is also a guide to cycling in a sticky here... i believe it's the betta care thread

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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-10-2012, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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i like the slower more colorful fish, they look alot cooler haha but tetras and stuff are cool though its a 20 long and, ill check out how to cycle the tank and everything, i wanna make sure its perfect.. im so excited haha to finally get my betta a nice big tank instead of watching him all bored in this tiny bowl, i feel so bad :P

edit: now that i think about it i actually wouldnt mind having any fish, slow and fast they all look really cool haha

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naturally planted sorority is my vote. Once funds replenish, I'll be going the planted way in all my setups.
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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-10-2012, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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is there a way to tell if my betta is a male or female? i cant remember from when i bought it
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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-10-2012, 09:58 PM
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I'll hold back on this one. Does it have a lot of fins? or are they relatively short?
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rofl, its got alot of fins
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