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post #1 of 10 Old 02-16-2009, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
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Stocking question.

I have a standard 29g tank with a Zoo-Med 150 canister and a Topfin 30 power filter. It has 1" of natural colored aquarium gravel, several plastic plants and 3 pieces of real driftwood. I do a 50% water change weekly using a quality conditioner and each filter gets cleaned every other week.

Presently the aquarium has 15 Neon Tetras, 4 Glow-light Tetras, 1 German Blue Ram (male) and a Peppermint Cory. It has been a healthy tank for over 6 months now with no aggression issues.

I would like to add another group of colorful Tetras to the mix but I'm not sure what would work or if I'm already approaching maximum capacity for the tank.


I have been keeping African Cichlids for the last 6 years in other tanks and am very confident with capacity and species mixing with these fish but I don't know to much about the Tetras. Any help on what Tetra would work in this tank will be greatly appreciated.

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post #2 of 10 Old 02-18-2009, 12:15 PM
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I'd say a group of 5 or 6 small tetras would be fine. Sounds like you have decent filtration so you should be fine with another small group but I would make it the last addition to your tank. Maybe some glolights or harlequin rasboras or danios. Hatchetfish are neat also, they are top dwellers, along with the danios so they could be a good way to balance out the tank. The hatchetfish dont take to well to being nipped at so if theres any aggression going on I would be careful with them.

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post #3 of 10 Old 02-18-2009, 02:59 PM
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Get some more cories. Cories are a shoaling fish. Yours would appreciate some more friends and they are so much more fun to watch in groups. What species is yours? I have not heard of Peppermint cories.

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post #4 of 10 Old 02-18-2009, 05:04 PM
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I agree with Jeaninel...more cories! A single cory is a lonely cory. A shoal of cories are very entertaining. When I google "peppermint cories" I get "did you mean: peppermint calories?"

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post #5 of 10 Old 02-19-2009, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies. I'm torn between more tetras or a couple more cories. After some searching I found the real name of the one I have. It is Corydoras paleatus, also known as the pepper cory. Box stores seem to like to spice the names up a bit.

Here's a pic of him/her?

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post #6 of 10 Old 02-20-2009, 09:35 AM
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If you do get more fish get more corys. I would be careful though, your ram is very picky about his water quality. More fish mean more nitrates which is not good for the ram. So long as your water change schedule keeps your nitrates below 20ppm at all times you're ok. I just wouldn't add any more than 4 to 5 cories, tops.

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post #7 of 10 Old 02-20-2009, 11:57 AM
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You might want to consider switching your substrate. That gravel looks a little rough. Sand is best for cories. But I do have one tank that has smooth, very rounded gravel and the cories in there are doing great. They've been in there for about 1-1/2 years and their barbels are in great shape.

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post #8 of 10 Old 04-06-2009, 11:52 AM
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Well, you could try adding a male betta. My neons dont attack the betta and im sure they will be fine with the others. But if you put black neon tetras they might attack the normal neon tetras. Overall, it depends on the attitude of the fish.(If your putting the betta remember to take out any reflecting thingys)
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post #9 of 10 Old 04-06-2009, 12:10 PM
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I have a standard 29g tank with a Zoo-Med 150 canister and a Topfin 30 power filter. It has 1" of natural colored aquarium gravel, several plastic plants and 3 pieces of real driftwood. I do a 50% water change weekly using a quality conditioner and each filter gets cleaned every other week.

Presently the aquarium has 15 Neon Tetras, 4 Glow-light Tetras, 1 German Blue Ram (male) and a Peppermint Cory. It has been a healthy tank for over 6 months now with no aggression issues.

I would like to add another group of colorful Tetras to the mix but I'm not sure what would work or if I'm already approaching maximum capacity for the tank.


I have been keeping African Cichlids for the last 6 years in other tanks and am very confident with capacity and species mixing with these fish but I don't know to much about the Tetras. Any help on what Tetra would work in this tank will be greatly appreciated.
I'm wondering why the filters are being cleaned so often. Are you just removing the inserts/media and rinsing it (in water from the aquarium, not tap water which will kill the good bacteria)? Or actually taking the filters completely apart and really cleaning them? You have a lot of filtration for a 29g and with 50% water changes (that is very good, keep that up) the filters should not need frequent cleaning but only rinsing if the mulm is significant. However, having said all that, it is obvious that things are OK in your setup; as another poster mentioned rams are sensitive to water quality and keeping them at their best is not something everyone has luck with. Some also find neons challenging, and that is always due again to the water quality. So you're certainly doing things right, but I would consider less filter cleaning.

I agree with several others, additional corys are needed; they are shoaling fish and prefer being in a group. I've had good results with three of one species, and three of another, and three of another, etc; they chum around mixed up sometimes, but interestingly seem to prefer their own species.

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post #10 of 10 Old 10-22-2009, 01:04 PM
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I agree. Definitely more cories. I have 5 cories in my 55 gallon tank, from 3 different species. They all get along great. Sometimes they shoal together and sometimes they split up to roam the tank on their own.
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