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post #21 of 25 Old 02-17-2007, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for narrowing that down for me.

Two more questions now:

1. How do I know which of these would be ok with current added from a power head?

2. Are there any bigger fish that I might be able to have one of, that won't try eating the smaller ones?
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post #22 of 25 Old 02-17-2007, 08:21 PM
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1. How do I know which of these would be ok with current added from a power head?
That would require a little more time for researching the fish's origins. If their origin is the rivers where currents are more frequent, then the fish that originated from that will definitely appreciate the currents. None of the fish listed will like the currents.:)
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You have no issues around it. The only big fish you have to remove are the giant danios due to space issues.:)

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post #23 of 25 Old 02-17-2007, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
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Man, I'm getting really excited look at all of this stuff.

I think I just have a few more questions for now.

Should I be looking in to getting real plants for my tank? Right now I just have one fake one in a corner.

Also, given the size of my tank, I'm pretty limited as to how many I can put in. I've heard about 1 inch per gallon is a good number. Actually, I heard from one of the employees at the fish store (not the owner) that 2 inches per gallon was ok, but he may just be trying to sell more fish. Anyways, unless I hear otherwise here, I'm going to go with that, for now. So in reality, with most of these fish, you need about 6 or more, so I'm going to be limited to maybe 4 or 5 groups of fish. Does that sound about right? Assuming I get the smaller fish, in the 1-1.5 inch range?
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Should I be looking in to getting real plants for my tank? Right now I just have one fake one in a corner.
That depends on your choice.:) Elodea densa and hornworts will do well in your tank.
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Also, given the size of my tank, I'm pretty limited as to how many I can put in. I've heard about 1 inch per gallon is a good number. Actually, I heard from one of the employees at the fish store (not the owner) that 2 inches per gallon was ok, but he may just be trying to sell more fish. Anyways, unless I hear otherwise here, I'm going to go with that, for now. So in reality, with most of these fish, you need about 6 or more, so I'm going to be limited to maybe 4 or 5 groups of fish. Does that sound about right? Assuming I get the smaller fish, in the 1-1.5 inch range?
Stick to inch per gallon rule.:)

A 29 gallons will easily fit 40-50 neon tetras.:) This one, however, does not follow the inch per gallon rule but you have to realize neons do not produce too much wastes hence the bioload is not too heavy at all.

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post #25 of 25 Old 02-17-2007, 09:10 PM
That rule is very narrow, there are many exceptions. Heres an example, an Oscar grows to around.... 15 inches, does that mean it can fit in a 15 gallon tank? No, an Oscar needs at least 55 gallons but really should be in a 75 gallon. Goldfish are similar. But neon tetras grow to about an inch, but you can fit double most of the time.

I would suggest as a begginer is to stick to hardy species, you could even do a species tank, a 29 gallon tank with a wide assortment of different colored guppies can look really nice. You should return your fish you have now, and get some platies to cycle the tank. Once the tank is done cycling, maybe add 6 lemon tetras, then wait a week or more for your bacterial filter to take the extra, then add a school of glowlight tetras, wait another week or more. Then add a few cherry barbs, 3-6 is good.

Also to remember, platies and guppies are livebearers meaning you should have a ratio of 1 male to 2+ females, so if you have two males, you will need at least 4 females although 6 is even better.

These fish wont mind a bit of current from your filters and air pumps but i dont think you will need a powerhead for them.
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