07-24-2013, 05:25 PM
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Originally Posted by DragonRckr
Gotcha! Was going to buy a school of neon tetras as the initial inhabitants, is this too much? My tank is 36g bow.
So...I have to go without feed them for about a week and then gradually feed them?
The plants during that first week will condition the water and get established.
Then you add the one fish just to get some bioload started. The not adding food for a week allows that fish to survive. When I fed that first fish it always died on the 5th day. I would wait a day and add another single fish and it would always survive. But with no food being added that firs week even that first fish survives.
With neons I would add at least 5 maybe 10 for a 30g after the first week. And feed very very lightly. Like only a few flakes (3 max) each day. Some people even report not adding food for that second bunch for another week or two. The fish will have plenty of food with the plants, snail eggs, little itty bitty 'bugs' on the plants. So it's not like the fish starve. But when you add food then you get parameter spikes that do stress the fish.
also with neons when you select them check the gills to see if any are red and enlarged. And reject those fish.
I also have better luck with neons when I have peat moss in the substrate. prevents KH build up.