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post #11 of 18 Old 01-21-2014, 04:09 PM
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while not complete, i spent a fair bit of time interested in all kinds of small fish, under 2", looking for even smaller for a rather specific purpose

to build a small self-sustaining tank
i wanted small fish (easy enough) that were omnivores (considerably more difficult for small fish) with a preference towards herbivore diet (suddenly small fish that fit this diet became impossible to find, most being 4" or larger, 6" for full herbivore)

it still did give me lots of time to look up all the pretty small fish
mostly tetras fit the bill, danio's are there too (some, the celestial pearl) i don't remember much now, but green neon at i think, 3/4", cardinal tetra slightly larger, ... the ones i recommended, ...

smaller fish are nicer for a smaller tank as you can fit more in there, instead of having a lone fish (all by his lonesome) you can have a school of fish going to watch ... from other information i have come across, ... more small fish also gives the illusion that your tank is larger than it really is, which is good

there are some fish that are under 1cm, great :), i've never seen any distributor for any of these, the smallest wants a ph of 5 i think, ... (same pH as your can of coke, and you know what's rumored to do to nails but that's all curiosities and possibilities, not realities.

unless some site has come up recently, i have not come across anywhere that lists fish according to size, which would be really nice if you want something special and unique and have a small tank, ... i'm not a web site designer, and have other interests, so i'll wait for someone to come up with such a site, then fall in love :)
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while not complete, i spent a fair bit of time interested in all kinds of small fish, under 2", looking for even smaller for a rather specific purpose

to build a small self-sustaining tank
i wanted small fish (easy enough) that were omnivores (considerably more difficult for small fish) with a preference towards herbivore diet (suddenly small fish that fit this diet became impossible to find, most being 4" or larger, 6" for full herbivore)

it still did give me lots of time to look up all the pretty small fish
mostly tetras fit the bill, danio's are there too (some, the celestial pearl) i don't remember much now, but green neon at i think, 3/4", cardinal tetra slightly larger, ... the ones i recommended, ...

smaller fish are nicer for a smaller tank as you can fit more in there, instead of having a lone fish (all by his lonesome) you can have a school of fish going to watch ... from other information i have come across, ... more small fish also gives the illusion that your tank is larger than it really is, which is good

there are some fish that are under 1cm, great :), i've never seen any distributor for any of these, the smallest wants a ph of 5 i think, ... (same pH as your can of coke, and you know what's rumored to do to nails but that's all curiosities and possibilities, not realities.

unless some site has come up recently, i have not come across anywhere that lists fish according to size, which would be really nice if you want something special and unique and have a small tank, ... i'm not a web site designer, and have other interests, so i'll wait for someone to come up with such a site, then fall in love :)
Cardinals sound good, and last I checked my LFS sold them. How many could I put in a 10 gallon with an otto?
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post #13 of 18 Old 01-22-2014, 05:40 AM
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have a look online for 'cardinal tetra care', pay attention to the adult size, ... follow the 1" per gallon rule, ...

if you wish to push things maybe 2x that, but i wouldn't recommend that unless you're really confident about your tank health, ... considering recent events, take it slow, could start with 1/2 the fish till tank health is stable and go from there.
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post #14 of 18 Old 01-22-2014, 08:54 AM Thread Starter
Would 4 be a good starting point?
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post #15 of 18 Old 02-12-2014, 05:38 AM Thread Starter
Well, I just lost my otto.
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post #16 of 18 Old 02-12-2014, 06:30 AM
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There's probably something wrong with your tank if your fish are dying and putting in more fish will probably just result in those new fish dying until the issue is corrected.

That said, when you correct the issue I don't see real problems with neon tetras. Expect half to die when you get them in your new tank but after that, the ones that live should be good. Aren't cardinals much harder to take care of? I have never had them but that's what I've read.

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post #17 of 18 Old 02-12-2014, 03:34 PM
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Okay, I'm going to be Debbie Downer here and start off asking this -

Do you have a liquid test kid for AT LEAST Ammonia, Nitrite & Nitrate?
If so, what are your parameters?

These are two very important questions that will help us figure out if it was the rocks that caused your fish loss or something else.

How long has this tank been running, what was it stocked with and how often were you doing water changes?

Answering those questions will help us help you in making the right decision.
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post #18 of 18 Old 02-12-2014, 04:00 PM
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+1, never add anything to a tank unless you know about it's well being. Always, always, ALWAYS use a good trusted test kit. Liquid tests > test strips. I never add anything to a new tank until i have thoroughly tested the water and know that it is ready for new livestock.

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Otocinclus really need to be in groups. At least 3+ with 6+ being ideal. I'd also stick with 6+ on neon/cardinals if at all possible. They are a shoaling fish.
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