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Wandafish
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Fish
« on: July 17, 2010, 04:41:29 PM »

I'm getting a new 20 gallon tank with a filter and light and was thinking about what fish to put in it.  Do tetras and guppies get along?

Also, how do you introduce fish to a new tank?  (I know you have to let the nitrogen process happen)  Should I introduce all of the fish to it at once or one at a time?  If anyone could give me step by step instructions that would be very useful.

Thanks for any help!
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Nossie
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Re: Fish
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2010, 05:42:48 PM »

Tetras and guppies come from different kind of waters, most tetras want soft an acidic water, while the guppies want it hard and alkaline. Not to mention the differences in temp Wink The guppies want between 21-25 degrees, and tetras want it warmer, around 24-26 degrees Smiley

This depends on whether you let your tank cycle completely before introducing the fish. If all the ammonia and nitrite is gone, it should be safe to introduce most of them, but you should still be alert the first two weeks or so, and test the water often and do water changes when necessary Smiley Otherwise, I guess you know the whole bag-process d:
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Wandafish
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Re: Fish
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2010, 11:00:09 AM »

oh ok - thanks!  Does anyone know fish that go fine with some guppies that can live well in a 20 gallon tank that has more then one guppy?
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Wandafish
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Re: Fish
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2010, 01:10:16 PM »

What I was thinking now was that i would get guppies and mollies (i've read they go well together)

How many of each should i get if they were to live comfortably in a 20 gallon tank?
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Re: Fish
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2010, 02:43:11 AM »

I've heard that mollies actually prefer brackish water so I do not what you read is actually true as I'm pretty sure guppies are straight fresh water fish. You might want to keep researching Smiley Though I'm no expert on tropical fish.
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Re: Fish
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2010, 04:08:00 AM »

Mollies do thrive in brackish water, but they live perfectly well in freshwater tanks, and they have similar needs as guppies Smiley
Either way, you could get a bunch of male guppies if you don't want them to reproduce, because they do, in a crazy speed! xD Other than that, you can easily calculate the stocking level by giving about 2 liters of water to each 1cm of adult fish body. Which is about 1 gallon per inch Smiley It's different with guppies and other small/shoaling fish, where you could even think 8 inches per gallon. Guppies grow to be about 2 inches in length, and mollies to be around 3-4 inches.

In a twenty gallon, you can typically fit 20 inches of mollies or 160 inches of guppies. So you could fit 5 mollies and around 20 guppies if you like Wink It could be good to have some bottom dwellers in such a tank as well! Like a few corydoras or common ancistrus would stay pretty small Smiley Then it would be good to have maybe... 2-4 corys and 1-2 ancistrus. The ancistrus will be 4 inches, and the corys will be around 2-3 inches when grown. So if you would want the bottom feeders, you could fit 2 corys and 1 ancistrus + 3 mollies + 12 guppies. How does that sound?

But, you shouldn't get all the fish at once, remember that! You could start with getting all the guppies for a start so the filter will get used to fish Wink After a week or two with good water quality, you could buy some mollies Smiley
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Re: Fish
« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2010, 12:26:03 PM »

thanks!!  does anyone know how much space just 1 molly needs?  (don't plan to get just one, but i want to know how many gallons each one needs)  I was thinking i'd get mollies, guppies, and a ghost shrimp, but I would want room in my tank just in case they had fry and i wanted to keep some.  How many would be good of each in a 20 gallon? 
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Re: Fish
« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2010, 01:15:14 PM »

Since a molly grows to be 3-4 inches, it will need 3-4 gallons. Well, I mentioned IN THE PREVIOUS POST, around 5 mollies and 20 guppies. But if you like, you could have a few less guppies to make room for potential fry.
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Re: Fish
« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2010, 10:19:06 PM »

Yeah i know, but if you did 4 inches per molly 5 would take up the whole tank, and 20 guppies if you did 1 gallon per inch would take up the whole tank too, right?  Huh
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Re: Fish
« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2010, 05:24:18 AM »

No, you count guppies as 8 inches per gallon, like I also mentioned. But if you feel uneasy about the mollies, get yourself 3 for a start or something d:
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Re: Fish
« Reply #10 on: July 20, 2010, 07:20:17 PM »

Zebra danios are a real hardy fish and go great with guppies too. Wink
Or platys are great and swordtails if you want to stick with all live bearers. Smiley
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