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Posted 12/23/2011 11:56:41 AM


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My 20 gallon tall tropical tank is running low on fish and I am planning on restocking it next week. Currently it has 1 panda cory, which is old so it might die soon, and about 8 or so rummy nose tetras. I would like to get a small to medium sized bottom dwelling fish other then panda corys because they seem to keep dying rather quickly, how long is their life span?
any way what other good corys or plecos would do good in a 20 gallon tank?

I was thinking of maybe getting some clown plecos, the ones that get to only 3 inches.


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30 gallon convict cichlid tank
Fish 5 female convicts and 6 male convicts

20 gallon tall tropical tank
Fish 7 rummy noses, 1 panda cory, 5 serpea tetras, and 1 rainbow shark

15 gallon
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20 gallon long
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Posted 12/23/2011 12:11:55 PM


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Well you definitely could go with a clown pleco trio. Or you could try some kuhlii loaches (several), or a few Botia striata/zebra loaches.

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Posted 12/26/2011 8:17:16 PM
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If you have any intention of upgrading tanks in the future I would most assuredly get a ghost knife fish.  I have one in my 30 gallon and he will lift some of the rock substrate to get what he wants.  Amazing fish and when they warm up to you theyre smart

Otherwise a fire eel or a red tailed shark might be sufficent as they both bottom dwellers, from my experience.

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Posted 12/26/2011 9:48:39 PM


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I wouldnt recommend a black ghost knife or a fire eel for a 30gal tank.. fire eels can get a couple feet long and 2 inches thick. and the big ones are active. definitely not for a 30gal.
BGKs can also get quite large, even too big to turn around in a 30gal..


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Posted 12/27/2011 8:47:38 AM
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Niether one of those are what you'd probly think of as "bottom dweller", and as stated earlier, the fire eel will get WAY to big for a 20 and probly eat the rummynose tetras, and a redtailed shark will get too territorial in a 20 that is a little small for it.

Cory cats shouldn't be dying quickly, you may have some water perameter problems for them. Clown plecos, or rubbernose plecos are a good pleco for a smallish tank. They don't get very big and are relatively cheap. You could get a peaceful cichlid like a bolivian or german ram, or Krib to scavenge the bottom.

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If the cories are dying off quickly it is most likely because of the gravel. If the gravel is too large or too sharp they will not do well. Fine substrate or sand does not necessarily mean it is soft either. If it's not soft enough then their barbels will wear off.
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Posted 1/5/2012 9:59:01 AM


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I have fine sand as the substrate so that isn't the problem. I think some of them died because they got stuck inside a decoration or in a plastic plant. either they died by getting stuck or they were already dead from some other cause and were just in the plant. Anyway I still have one panda cory left and might get some more and see if they survive better.
There were 2 left for a long time and they actually had babies but sadly the babies did not survive.
another factor could have been that they died of old age. how long do panda corys typically live?

I might get a clown pleco or a zebra botia.

I wouldn't get a fire eel or the red tailed shark because I know those grow way to big for a 20 gallon tank.


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30 gallon convict cichlid tank
Fish 5 female convicts and 6 male convicts

20 gallon tall tropical tank
Fish 7 rummy noses, 1 panda cory, 5 serpea tetras, and 1 rainbow shark

15 gallon
Fish 1 female convict cichlids with her babies

20 gallon long
Fish 4 N. Multies shell dweller cichlids, 1 juvenile, and 4 babies!

10 gallon
Fish 1 pink male convict and his babies

Betta named Sonic
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