Brainstorming a 20G - Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-15-2013, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 62
Brainstorming a 20G

So I picked up a 20 gallon long tank on Saturday, and it's going to be weeks and weeks before I can even start cycling it (still need to hunt down an adequate stand, various equipment, reshuffle the living room furniture to make space, etc).

Anyway, what should I stock this bad boy with, once it's ready to go? Mollies and cories have both piqued my curiosity, but I've never kept them. Anyone got suggestions for a first-timer's community tank?
Sugarbeet is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-15-2013, 10:45 AM
Member
 
bniebetta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 579
This has nothing to do with your post, but I just thought I would let you know that. as a English major, I thoroughly admire you correct use of the word "piqued." :)

bniebetta
bniebetta is offline  
post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-15-2013, 07:11 PM
Member
 
Nicci Lu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: The Boonies, Arizona
Posts: 366
I just got a 20L myself, and have begun stocking it with a betta and 6 black kuhli loaches. I totally recommend the kuhlis! I love my corys, too, it's great fun to watch them bumble around the tank. But the Kuhlis are just to die for. They are little maniacs when they do their loach dance on the glass, circles and circles and circles. Then they hide, and you can see a head or two poking out every now and then from under a rock or a leaf. And then it's back to the cracked-out loach dance. They are just hysterical to watch. Give them lots of hiding spots and get at least 6, and you'll be entertained.

"People have forgotten this truth," the fox said. "But you mustn't forget it. You become responsible forever for what you've tamed."
-Antoine de Saint-Exupery


Nicci Lu is offline  
post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-16-2013, 12:02 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 62
Okay, adding kuhlis to the list of possibilities! They sound totally adorable, and they have such a unique look, too! Like a mini hot dog with fins.

@bniebetta: You know, piqued is such a great word. I need to work it into more conversations. ;)
Sugarbeet is offline  
post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-16-2013, 12:08 AM
Member
 
WolfHhowling's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Carrolltown Pa In good old cambria county
Posts: 223
Mollies are fun, platies are fun, swordtails are fun. Cory cats are just cute, loches are just cute, betta's are cute.

There a just so many cute fish and fun fish you can choose from.

Corries or loaches are just fun little guys. They are easy to take care of too.

Mollies will entertain your other fishes, um bellies when they have fry. If they have fry, or I should say when they have fry.

Planted tank is awesome for fry, but I must say. Only the smartest, most fit, most sly fry will win the survival to adult hood game.

You could put them in with a betta too.


5gallon, One male betta
10 gallon, full of baby fry/ one baby betta
34 gallon:2 peppered corydoras, 2 upside down catfish, 2 cherry barbs, two danio's, 2 platy's, 2 high fin platys, 2 red swords, 2 angelfish, 1 dwarf Gourami, 3 black skirts, two diamond tetra's and 2 gold Gourami.
And going to get, 2 cory cats


WolfHhowling is offline  
post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-16-2013, 12:42 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 62
It's going to be so hard to decide! There's so many possible combinations. I'm sort of glad it's going to be so long before the tank's ready, because I know I'm going to change my mind a hundred times.

I was toying with the idea of including a female betta along with whatever else I stock with. Some mysterious force draws me over to them every time I'm at the shop...

Oy, I hadn't thought about fry! I expect the mollies' tankmates would be pretty effective birth control after the fact from the sounds of it, WolfHhowling?
Sugarbeet is offline  
post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-16-2013, 12:48 AM
Member
 
WolfHhowling's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Carrolltown Pa In good old cambria county
Posts: 223
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sugarbeet View Post
It's going to be so hard to decide! There's so many possible combinations. I'm sort of glad it's going to be so long before the tank's ready, because I know I'm going to change my mind a hundred times.

I was toying with the idea of including a female betta along with whatever else I stock with. Some mysterious force draws me over to them every time I'm at the shop...

Oy, I hadn't thought about fry! I expect the mollies' tankmates would be pretty effective birth control after the fact from the sounds of it, WolfHhowling?
Very effective. They eat there own fry, betta's will eat the fry too. Actually any fish will eat the fry. You might get a lucky one now and then but thats usually a rarity.


5gallon, One male betta
10 gallon, full of baby fry/ one baby betta
34 gallon:2 peppered corydoras, 2 upside down catfish, 2 cherry barbs, two danio's, 2 platy's, 2 high fin platys, 2 red swords, 2 angelfish, 1 dwarf Gourami, 3 black skirts, two diamond tetra's and 2 gold Gourami.
And going to get, 2 cory cats


WolfHhowling is offline  
post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-16-2013, 06:43 AM
Member
 
Crowntails's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 796
I think a school of 6 Panda Cories, 6 Pencilfish, and a pair of Golden Rams would look beautiful. With a nice sand substrate.

Flame - Red and Blue Veiltail Male
Oswald - Blue Halfmoon Male
Crowntails is offline  
post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-16-2013, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 62
Well, at least I wouldn't have to worry about having an avalanche of mollies filling the tank, then. :o

Panda cories seem like the cutest variety of cory so far, with their masks. :) My water is fairly hard, so I don't know how well I'd do with rams, but they are gorgeous fish!

As I'm reading up on cories (I guess I've got one species picked out!), it looks like plain gravel might be too rough for them? So maybe black sand would be a good idea. It would look a little swankier than gravel, too.
Sugarbeet is offline  
post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-17-2013, 01:56 AM
Member
 
Nicci Lu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: The Boonies, Arizona
Posts: 366
Definitely get sand if you go for corys. Mine spend most of the time digging through the sand with their barbels. It's funny to watch the sand come back out their gills. Even with a rounded gravel that wouldn't hurt their barbels, I don't think they'd have half so much fun.

"People have forgotten this truth," the fox said. "But you mustn't forget it. You become responsible forever for what you've tamed."
-Antoine de Saint-Exupery


Nicci Lu is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
brainstorming for project Fish. xtcking Betta Chat 1 03-14-2013 07:46 PM
Need help brainstorming names =) jeanclaudeasher Betta Chat 7 01-04-2011 09:31 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome