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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-05-2012, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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Peaceful tankmates?

In a 20 gallon long at 78 F, heavily planted and lots of big rocks and some driftwood, would all these guys get along?

5-7 red ramshorn snails (Too many?)

7 female bettas

3-4 Otocinclus

3 Kuhli loaches

10 Ghost Shrimp


Would any of these fish eat my plants? Would any of them eat each other?

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-05-2012, 06:49 PM
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I"d say thats way to many fish for a 20 gal.
maybe 4-5 bettas
4-5 otos or the loaches
and a couple ghost shrimp
you can start with 5 ramshorn but you will soon have 100
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I"d say thats way to many fish for a 20 gal.
maybe 4-5 bettas
4-5 otos or the loaches
and a couple ghost shrimp
you can start with 5 ramshorn but you will soon have 100
Ha, okay. Sorry I'm just afraid of my tank to get covered in algae.

So, 5 bettas, 4 Otos, 3 (?) Ramshorn, 5 Ghost shrimp?
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thats sounds a little better, try not to let your tank get any direct sunlight and you wont have to much of algae problem if you can keep 4-5 otos they should keep up pretty good they are good little algae eaters, Nerite snails need special water qualities to reproduce so they are my personal favorite. some people's bettas will attack there snails and some dont, its something you just have to try and see how they are I think Bettas are beautiful but they can have such different attitudes from one to another. they " may" also attack your shrimp. try a few and see
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I actually think you'd be ok adding the loaches back in, as long as they are kuhlis, not anything bigger. However, they are very shy and in groups of less than 5 you will NEVER see them. I'd get at least ten. 6 bettas, 5 otos and ten kuhlis is not an overstocked tank, IMHO.
I would also recommend not getting the ramshorns. Seriously not worth the bother. If you want a snail, get a single nerite. Between that, the otos and the shrimp, I honestly don't think you'll have any algae problems. You'll definitely have to get the otos eating commercial food (which can be a problem) because there simply won't be enough food for them otherwise.

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