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Number of Fish

Postby darryle91 » Sun Apr 24, 2016 11:07 pm

Hello! I bought a 20 gallon aquarium. Since, this is my first time to have aquarium at home. I want to ask how many fish is the limit of 20 gallon aquarium?
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Re: Number of Fish

Postby DJRansome » Mon Apr 25, 2016 9:19 am

Welcome to Cichlid-forum!

Depends on the species...were you wanting to stock cichlids?
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Re: Number of Fish

Postby fmueller » Mon Apr 25, 2016 11:41 pm

Depends on the size of the fish. Some won't even fit in a 20G, some will breed happily in that size tank!
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Re: Number of Fish

Postby darryle91 » Tue May 03, 2016 8:36 pm

I bought two peacock bass and neon tetras.
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Re: Number of Fish

Postby DJRansome » Tue May 03, 2016 8:40 pm

Uh oh, the peacock bass is a 28" fish. :o
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Re: Number of Fish

Postby dledinger » Tue May 03, 2016 9:08 pm

"Peacock bass" is a common name for more than a dozen different species of varying sizes. The idea that it is a 28" fish is not an accurate statement.

There are species which regularly exceed 36", and species that will never reach 20".

Yes, of course they're all big and not suitable for an adult life in a 20 gallon, but(in my experience) it's a stretch to put an unobtainable level of precision on a fish size when the OP has not even ID'd the species.
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Re: Number of Fish

Postby Granamyr » Wed May 04, 2016 3:56 pm

What you don't think this fish should be in a 20 gallon aquarium? I think that would be cool the fish could talk to him all day since his head would be out of the tank :)

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Re: Number of Fish

Postby dledinger » Wed May 04, 2016 4:05 pm

I'll tell you one thing.....I'd love to go catch a few that size.
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Re: Number of Fish

Postby Granamyr » Wed May 04, 2016 4:14 pm

dledinger wrote:I'll tell you one thing.....I'd love to go catch a few that size.


that would be awesome to catch a fresh water fish that large. I just wish that sellers would confirm with the client about what tank size they have when they are selling a fish that is going to literally get bigger than many tanks
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Re: Number of Fish

Postby Mr Chromedome » Wed May 04, 2016 4:56 pm

I suspect the OP was pulling your leg, note that he said he bought two Peacock Cichlids and Neon Tetras. At least, I hope he was joking.
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Re: Number of Fish

Postby dledinger » Wed May 04, 2016 9:04 pm

Granamyr wrote:I just wish that sellers would confirm with the client about what tank size they have when they are selling a fish that is going to literally get bigger than many tanks


I go in the local stores and here and they're overrun with giant HLLE scarred oscars, redtail cats, clown knifes and sick looking arrowanas. I'm sure they were all dumped in a 55 and subsequently returned a year later. Now they all sit in bare bottom 40 longs next to the feeder fish.

Anything to make a dollar.
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Re: Number of Fish

Postby Granamyr » Thu May 05, 2016 8:24 am

dledinger wrote:I go in the local stores and here and they're overrun with giant HLLE scarred oscars, redtail cats, clown knifes and sick looking arrowanas. I'm sure they were all dumped in a 55 and subsequently returned a year later. Now they all sit in bare bottom 40 longs next to the feeder fish.

Anything to make a dollar.


Which is super sad because they probably chase away half the people they do that to from the hobby. Where if they were responsible and sold them fish that were appropriate for their tanks they might enjoy it still after a year and they would have MORE customers to continue to sell to. Forward thinking though it seems these days is lost kinda like this guy looks like he is :fish:
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Re: Number of Fish

Postby dledinger » Thu May 05, 2016 8:12 pm

It happens in this board, too.

People advise based upon info that they read on the internet without having any experience of their own.

It's a recipe for disaster.
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