08-28-2010, 12:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Byron
You can't know what stress it may be causing, nor can you know the internal issues. Neither can I of my own knowledge. My analogy of the dog in a cage is apropos.
Space and bioload are related but also separate issues. The water can be kept spotless with plants, daily 50% water changes, etc., taking the one extreme--but the space is still inadequate for 10 neons.
The info in the profiles is not something I make up. I conduct extensive research and assimilate information from reputable and reliable ichthyologists and sites. What I include in the profiles on tank sizes, compatibility, numbers, environment, water parameters is the consensus of those who do know these things; where someone may differ, I mention that. You can take the guides in the profiles here as being the best assurance of providing a healthy environment for your fish. And that should be the goal of every aquarist.
Neither of us is in a position to say whether or not there are any internal issues being caused by this, but after having had these guys for over a year and watching them each and every day wouldn't you say I would be somewhat of an expert concerning this particular group of Neon Tetra? I mean, there are signs you can look for as an indicator of stress.
As for being stunted... In the time I've had them they've grown from about 1/4 of an inch when I purchased them to about 1 1/3 inches now, so that should be in the normal range as well, correct?
EDIT: We can take this to a new thread if need be. I would really like to have a look at any literature concerning Neon Tetras that you think could be of help to me in providing the optimum care for my beloved Neons.
Last edited by CaliforniaFishkeeper; 08-28-2010 at 12:42 PM..