20 gallon long stocking

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I am not sure what I want the full stock to be in my 20 gallon long, but I know I want german blue rams. What other fish should I stock the tank with?
 

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I'd do this:
8 cardinal tetras
8 rummynose tetras
2 german blue rams
8 kuhli loaches
1 dwarf gourami

Keep the tank temp at 80 F.
 

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Why not something a little more rare/exotic?

6 Asian stone cats
6 Scarlet Badis
Blue Diamond Shrimp (Start with 10 and they'll turn into a decent sized colony)
10 Celestial Pearl Danios

All of which can be ordered from AquaticArts.com; a website I've ordered from myself and have had a great experience with.
 

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That sounds cool, if I did that what kind of plants should I get?
What do you want? Red plants need co2 and a lot of light (not as hard as it sounds, just a little pricier). Carpeting plants are pretty much the same way.

If you don't mind doing a high tech set up, then I'd recommend Dwarf Hairgrass OR Baby Tears, S. Repens, Rotala (your preference of species), and flame swords for the background. You may want to do research into other plants.
 
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If I did do a high tech setup, roughly how much would the co2 and lighting cost?

I am going to be using black diamond blasting sand for the substrate.
 

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If I did do a high tech setup, roughly how much would the co2 and lighting cost?

I am going to be using black diamond blasting sand for the substrate.
Not with a high tech. You need more nutrients in the substrate. Fluval stratum is one of the best plant substrates out there. Co2 isn't too bad if you buy a fluval kit. I bought a 5lb canister for $60 and a regulator for another $60. The canister costed $10 to fill, and the other miscellaneous were about $30. Lighting is a decent amount, about the most expensive thing, but it's worth it.
 

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I ordered most of the materials for the tank today. Everything except the light.
Here's some other miscellaneous items you may want to look at. I use all of them on my planted tank.





I also use an eheim 2211, but you're getting a different filter.
As you can I'm a fan of eheims products.
 

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Thanks. I ordered a 100 watt eheim jager heater with the other materials. Wouldn't an air pump cause the co2 to gas out?
 

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What did you decide on? The goby I currently have is a Sicyopus zosterophorus, but stiphodons are the gobies you don't have to feed.
 
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