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What to get in new 20 gallon tank?

Discussion in 'Fish and Aquarium - all types' started by ZooKeeper, Aug 12, 2004.

  1. ZooKeeper

    ZooKeeper New Member

    I need help on deciding what fish to get in my new 20 gallon tank. I would like to only have one or two large fish. Can anybody suggest a fish?
  2. grnlemonade

    grnlemonade New Member

    hmmm, cant be that large of a fish due to it being 20 gallon....do u know the dimesnions of the tank?
  3. Obelix

    Obelix New Member

    20 Gallon would make a nice marine tank :lol: Lets see... if your looking for smaller fish you could get Guppies, Mollies, Platys, White Clouds (Coldwater) Black Skirt tetras *aggressive) and a nice little corey cleanup-crew... or if you want a chichlid of some sort then I think you might be able to keep a convict and some wellchosen other fish that would be hurt.
  4. fishexpert0101

    fishexpert0101 New Member

    oscars and red bellies wold be cool, and get a few plecos
  5. grnlemonade

    grnlemonade New Member

    WHOA...dont even try with oscars, red bellies or common plecos....all three of those get to be at least a foot long and would die in a 20 gallon....jsut one oscar needs at least 55 gallons...you can prob. get some gouramis or tetras or guppys, or millies, etc.
  6. ZooKeeper

    ZooKeeper New Member

    Still need help

    I have looked in to all the suggestions. I am considering a Jack Dempsey or a pair of Convicts. Would these be OK? does anybody have any more suggestions?
  7. Heather&Nicole

    Heather&Nicole New Member

    Dont waste your breath hun. He is going to be banned and so is obelix..sad to say they are the same person
  8. t_chelle16

    t_chelle16 New Member

    A JD wouldn't work, they get just as big as oscars. As single con would probably work without any other tankmates.

  9. Heather&Nicole

    Heather&Nicole New Member

    sort of off topic question..why are jack dempseys sooo expensive? this LFS that i went to was tryin to charge 150 bucks for it
  10. tina1

    tina1 New Member

    Wow, JD's in my lfs only go for $6. But the so called "electric blue" ones are usually $57 :shock:
  11. grnlemonade

    grnlemonade New Member

    wow heatherandnicole. they are ripping you off if it is just the average jack dempsey...the blue ones are really expensive and usually arnt worht it because they seem to die for no reason many times.
  12. Fishkin

    Fishkin New Member

    if you like natives get yellow perch, a crappie, or bluegills.
  13. Heather&Nicole

    Heather&Nicole New Member

    Yeah i didnt buy anything from that place because they had a 4 foot moray eel in a 55 gallon tank :cry: :cry: Other fish were overcrowded too. The JD was full grown.
  14. Nameless

    Nameless New Member

    How big are fully grown JD's and what size tank do they need?
  15. t_chelle16

    t_chelle16 New Member

    They get around 10" and need at least 50 gallons each.

  16. Nameless

    Nameless New Member

    Is there some other fish that is very similar to the JD but just smaller cause I don't think I have enough space for a 10'' fish like a JD?
  17. Fish Addict

    Fish Addict New Member

    mabye go with 1 yellowlab
  18. t_chelle16

    t_chelle16 New Member

    I think a convict or maybe a firemouth is about as close as you will be able to get to a JD and still fit in a 20 gallon.

  19. Nameless

    Nameless New Member

    Are firemouths compatible with convicts and are they the same size when fully grown?
  20. t_chelle16

    t_chelle16 New Member

    Yes, they both get about 6" and given a large enough aquarium, they should get along okay. But I don't think both would work in a 20 gallon.


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