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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 03-19-2012, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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20gal or 20gal long for sorority?

Hello, I'm thinking about getting a twenty gallon but I'd like to know what would be better. A 20gal regular tank or a 20gal long tank. One more question: how many females might I be able to house in a 20gal?
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Would a 20gal regular tank work?
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It doesn't really matter.. Longer tanks are better since fish prefer swimming side to side however. But both are pretty roomy.

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ok. Any idea how many betta's could live in it?
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Hmm.. With no other tank mates I'm sure you could have around 12 without a problem.. Maybe someone else has a better idea too.

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I have a 29 long. I like the long, because bettas prefer shallow and long, over deep and narrow.

in a 20, you could go with 4-14 I'd say. Just remember, every time you add a couple girls you'll need to take extra steps so they don't get mauled. I have 4, going to be 5, to be put back into the 29 =D I prefer the long tanks for another reason: more ground room for decor and plants!! Means, denser and makes it more fun

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Ok cool. Would you post a picture of ur tank? Please? :)
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once I have it up and running I will post an updated one...sorry for the bad quality =D

first picture was old version of a 20, second picture was newest of the 29... When I can get everything back into the 29, I'll take a picture of that too
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Very nice tanks :) I wish I had an example to go off of on how to properly set up a tank made for a sorority. I know lots of hiding spaces but does that mean a lot of plants or a lot of decorations that can be used as caves?
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Plants to break the line of sight- so they can't zoom across the tank chasing each other without bumping into something. This will decrease fights.. Caves, girls don't seem to be very fond of caves, some use them, some don't :D

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