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post #1 of 7 Old 01-03-2013, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
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Stocking help

Hello everyone. I'm new here, and I've owned fish for years. I've got a question, about my 35 gallon tall tank. Right now it holds:

1 striped Raphael catfish (not sure how to spell it, one catfish is missing)
2 head and tail light tetras (accident)
8 flame tetras

Do you think I could add more flame tetras, if so how many? Thanks.
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post #2 of 7 Old 01-03-2013, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone? I need a reply fast,thanks!
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post #3 of 7 Old 01-04-2013, 02:16 PM
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First off, welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.

Before adding, I would consider removing, or preparing to.

The Raphael catfish can reach 9 inches, though around 6 inches is usual in the aquarium. But even at this, it should have more space, a 4-foot tank minimum, to develop and live properly. It may eat small fish, and being active during darkness will have the advantage when it decides to.

If you like the Head & Tail Light I would increase the group. On their own, two may turn nasty as they mature. This often occurs in shoaling fish that do not have a sufficient-sized group.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #4 of 7 Old 01-04-2013, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you. Yes, I made the mistake of listening to the petstore, they said they get 2-3 inches. They are babies now, if they get bigger I probably will return them. I really don't care for the head and tail lights, so I'll probably return them too.
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post #6 of 7 Old 01-05-2013, 08:51 PM
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You could easily go to 12 tetras, the more the merrier. Once you drop that catfish you could add something different on the bottom, lots of catfish or small loaches to choose from.

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The shotgun approach to a planted tank with an LED fixture

Small scale nitrogen cycle with a jar, water and fish food; no substrate, filter etc
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post #7 of 7 Old 01-05-2013, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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