02-17-2007, 01:15 AM
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What is it with all these Neon haters? Sheesh! Neons are great little fish. You just need to quarantine them.
Cardinals are 10-15% prettier than neons, and 200-300% more exepensive. And a mix of the two looks better than either alone. (Me, I'll stick with just neons.)
In all honesty, if you're going with a big tank full of little tetras, you would probably do best with a mix of Neons, Cardinals, Green Neons, Black Neons, and Glo-lights (Plus a cory cleaning crew). In a 78, you're looking at 100 to 140 fish possible, So you could go with 50 neons, 25 cardinals, 10 black neons, 10 Glo-lights, and 7 abino or 15 pygmy cories, and 5 ottos. Or you could go with 80 cardinals, or 110 neons (30 of which will prob'ly die - get 'em, from somewhere with a guarantee). You'd pay half or less for the neons, even including attrition. Still, add 7-12 cories and 5-7 ottos, and that sounds like an awesome tank.