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20 gal Peruvian Tank? Any suggestions?

Logan Kemmerer

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32 minutes ago, Logan Kemmerer said:

Im going to be starting a 20 gal long Peruvian tank. I was thinking pencilfish and some corys. Any other ideas would be great!

Are you looking into a general community aquarium of fish from Peru, or are you looking for specific biotopes of fish? Here are several species of fish that you could look into for a general peaceful community (all species listed will be easy to find in a big box pet store or a local fish store. I did not include fish that I wouldn't expect to easily find in a store):

  • The blue tetra (Boehlkea fredcochui). Some sources say it's a fin nipper or food aggressive, while others say it is a peaceful community fish. You can make the decision here.
  • The penguin tetra (Thayeria boehlkei). It's in a similar situation as the blue tetra.
  • Various Moenkhausia species can be found in Peru, but not any that are common in the hobby. The red-eye tetra (Moenkhausia sanctaefilomenae) looks very similar to much more rare species found in Peru, so it would serve as a great substitute.
  • Marbled hatchetfish (Carnegiella strigata).
  • Eques pencilfish (Nannostomus eques)
  • A few common Corydoras species that live in Peru: C. adolphoi, C. aeneus, C. agassizi, C. arcuatusC. elegans, C. panda, C. rabauti, C. trilineatus.
  • A few common Apistogramma species that live in Peru: A. agassizi, A. cacatuoides, A. panduro.
  • Various Ancistrus species can be found in Peru.

Anyway, I hope this helped. Here is another source you could use: https://www.fishbase.se/country/CountryChecklist.php?resultPage=1&what=list&trpp=50&c_code=604&sortby=alpha2&ext_CL=on&ext_pic=on&vhabitat=fresh

If you wouldn't mind, I'd love to see a picture of the finished, stocked tank after you are done. Good luck!

Edited by CorydorasEthan
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