I have a 10 gallon now with:
2 Lemon tetra
2 red fin tetra
2 glowlight tetra
1 albino placo
They have been doing great! I think that is a perfect fish to water ratio but as the title says, I am novice and here to learn.
I am about to buy a 45 gallon tank to expand my hobby. I read, before I purchased the tetra that they do best in groups of atleast 3-5 but I knew I was limited on fish/gallon and could not resist the variety.
Fish seem to be very happy, especially those little glowlights.. very friendly fish.
My plan is to expand each type of tetra so they will have that school of 5 fish each and add another placo of some type so that will take my 45 gal tank to:
5 Lemon Tetra
5 red fin tetra
5 glowlight tetra
1 albino placo another placo, probably not albino (maybe a darker color breed)
The two questions I have are:
1. Given the tetra I have in my tank now grow from 1"-1.5" and the placos can get several inches can I afford to add any other fish?
2. If I have enough tank for more fish, without crowding, what other types of fish get along with tetra of this size?
I would love to add something docile that is a little larger, that lives solo or perhaps in a pair but only if I won't be crowding out my tank.
I'd love to toss an oscar in there but from what I have read, the oscar would just gobble up my tetra fish. I'd like the Oscar for the size variance in the tank. I know, over time the placo will grow and dwarf the tetras but the placo is fairly motionless. I'd like something that moved through the tank among the tetra.
Thank you in advance to everyone who replies to my post.