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post #1 of 13 Old 07-26-2008, 12:27 AM Thread Starter
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2 tetra number questions

ok i am setting up a 10gal planted tank for tetras and shrimp and i was wondering what the minimum number of tetra i would need for a school and what would be the largest amount of tetra i could put in this 10gal tank
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post #2 of 13 Old 07-26-2008, 12:31 AM
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Would depend on what type of tetras. For neon or cardinals I would put no less than six and no more than twelve. :)

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post #3 of 13 Old 07-26-2008, 12:37 AM Thread Starter
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well i was thinking of 2 small schools of tetra one school of glowlights and the other im thinking of maybe neons but im not sure about the second yet but i know they will be about the same size tetra as glowlights
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post #4 of 13 Old 07-26-2008, 09:41 PM
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For a ten gallon tank you're probably going to be pushing it with two small schools of tetras, and that's if they're small fish and not some of the larger tetras.

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post #5 of 13 Old 07-27-2008, 12:37 AM Thread Starter
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well i am planning on using smaller tetras and i am going to have shrimp to help clean up after the fish and plenty of plant work to help get rid of the nitrates and CO2
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post #6 of 13 Old 07-27-2008, 01:07 AM
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Why not get one decent size shoal of tetras and then some bottom dwellers?
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post #7 of 13 Old 07-27-2008, 02:15 AM
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well i am planning on using smaller tetras and i am going to have shrimp to help clean up after the fish and plenty of plant work to help get rid of the nitrates and CO2
Lets not forget that shrimp have a bio load too. And you need a crazy amount of plants for them to eat enough nitrates for you to consider your tank safe.

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post #8 of 13 Old 07-27-2008, 03:20 AM Thread Starter
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yes shrimp have a bioload too but they will eat more mess than they produce so they would be pretty beneficial
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post #9 of 13 Old 07-27-2008, 06:23 AM
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yes shrimp have a bioload too but they will eat more mess than they produce so they would be pretty beneficial
Not necessarily true, I'm not trying to say shrimp wouldn't be beneficial, But adding more of them won't make it ok to add two small groups of tetras in a ten gallon tank.

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Well, invertebrates metabolisms are very different from fish, so they do produce a lot less waste. While their presence is something to be aware of, a couple of shrimp probably won't make a noticeable difference in the bioload.
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