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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 09-17-2012, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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Best tropical fish for beginners?

In a few weeks I plan to get this 20 gallon tank kit
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...26amp%3B+Bowls

I haven't had any other fish besides goldfish and bettas, so I need help stocking a 20 gal tank.


Any ideas?

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Guppies are good starting with males only is good. Cory catfish are nice. I keep three just remember albinos are practicaly blind. An emperor tetra would look nice but PH affects everything. Do you want top dwellers middle region bottom region. A female Betta on average will work nice.
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I can't answer your question but I just had to tell you how gorgeous your profile picture is!!! I love it!
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Hardy tetra are a good first tropical fish. Some like the x-ray tetra and the von rio fire tetra are good for most water types (pH and hardness). If you know you have very hard water, then livebearers will be the way to go. Avoid guppies unless you can find them from another hobbyist. Due to tons of inbreeding ones from the petstore are very fragile.

If you can give us your tap water hardness and pH we can make some more suggestions for you. There are fish that are easy to care for if you have the right water for them.

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Hardy tetra are a good first tropical fish. Some like the x-ray tetra and the von rio fire tetra are good for most water types (pH and hardness). If you know you have very hard water, then livebearers will be the way to go. Avoid guppies unless you can find them from another hobbyist. Due to tons of inbreeding ones from the petstore are very fragile.

If you can give us your tap water hardness and pH we can make some more suggestions for you. There are fish that are easy to care for if you have the right water for them.
It depends on were you get them.
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rasborsas, cherry barbs, hatchet fish, neon tetras, otos, black neons, black skirted tetra, and bleeding heart tetras are all very manageable community fish.

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rasborsas, cherry barbs, hatchet fish, neon tetras, otos, black neons, black skirted tetra, and bleeding heart tetras are all very manageable community fish.
I would not reccomend hatchets and barbs.Cory catfish or Otos great
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I meant the hatchet tetra* and why not the cherry barbs? They aren't like tiger barbs and mean, they are more shy and like to hide in plants.

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I meant the hatchet tetra* and why not the cherry barbs? They aren't like tiger barbs and mean, they are more shy and like to hide in plants.
They can be aggressive. But most fin nippers do not fin nip because of aggression.
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