20 gallon native tank
Posted 04 April 2012 - 10:32 AM
Thank you in advance.
Posted 04 April 2012 - 11:08 AM
Native fish are a great place to start in fishkeeping. Many of them are hardy and easy to care for, and require a pretty minimal tank setup. There are quite a few species that can live happily in a 20 or 29 gallon tank. If you put your location in your user profile, we will be better able to suggest species that you can find locally. In broad strokes:
- Minnows (Cyprinidae) are virtually bulletproof, for the most part. They are active and quickly (often instantly) learn to eat flake food.
- Sunfishes (Centrarchidae) are another group of hardy, adaptable fishes. Many species are too large for a 20 or 29 gallon tank, but several species would do just fine in such a tank. They do tend to eat smaller fishes, so you must plan stock selection carefully if you want sunfish in a community tank.
- Pygmy sunfishes (Elassomatidae) are tiny invertivores that are great for small, planted tanks.
- Livebearers (Poeciliidae) and topminnows (Fundulidae) include many attractive, active species that do fine in tanks.
- Darters (Percidae, in part) are among the most attractive of our fishes. They are not too difficult to keep, but need a little more care than some of the other groups. I suggest you wait until you have a little more fishkeeping experience to keep them.
- Catfishes (Ictaluridae) include a number of small, handsome species, the madtoms (genus Noturus) that are great for intermediate keepers.
- You can keep larger or more active species
- You can keep a greater variety of species in a single tank
- Water temperature and chemistry is more stable
Posted 04 April 2012 - 01:01 PM
Here's what my Elassoma gilberti look like:
Here's what my grindal worm culture looks like:
Full tank shot taken yesterday of the 55 gallon Elassoma gilberti tank:
They'd do well in a 20 gallon tank.
Edited by EricaWieser, 04 April 2012 - 01:02 PM.
Posted 04 April 2012 - 06:03 PM
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