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Thanks for all the help everyone! After looking through some videos on youtube, I have decided to just go with a big group of neon tetras. A big group of them is really cool to watch. This way I can make the tank perfect for the neons without worrying about any other species. I was thinking about 11-12 neon tetras? I want a big group but I don't want my tank to look like a holding tank (like the ones at petsmart, walmart, etc.). Does that sound like a good number?
That should work, with the live plants. You can add some substrate-type fish, I always think they add character to characin displays, and the small catfish I'm thinking of do not contribute much to the bioload. Whiptail Catfish or Twig Catfish [this one needs soft water, the Whiptail is OK with soft or medium hard], 1 of either or 1 of both, or 2 of either.

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That should work, with the live plants. You can add some substrate-type fish, I always think they add character to characin displays, and the small catfish I'm thinking of do not contribute much to the bioload. Whiptail Catfish or Twig Catfish [this one needs soft water, the Whiptail is OK with soft or medium hard], 1 of either or 1 of both, or 2 of either.
while I would love to add a whiptail catfish to my tank, I am a little confused. The fish profiles say it needs a 24" tank which I have and stays under 5". However, liveaquaria.com says it needs a 50 gallon tank and gets larger than 7". Both profiles also say that it needs some water movement. I will be using a sponge filter so I won't have much of that
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while I would love to add a whiptail catfish to my tank, I am a little confused. The fish profiles say it needs a 24" tank which I have and stays under 5". However, liveaquaria.com says it needs a 50 gallon tank and gets larger than 7". Both profiles also say that it needs some water movement. I will be using a sponge filter so I won't have much of that
We're getting confused over species. This is another case where common names are terribly misleading. When I use "Whiptail Catfish" I know it will shade and that sends you to the species in our profile. I have had this fish for many years, and it has been one of the most peaceful and interesting fish in my tank. And it does not need water current.

But there are other "whiptail" fish available in stores that are much larger, may be more aggressive, and should be avoided in smaller tanks. Usually these are in the genus Loricaria, rather than Rineloricaria, though only a reputable fish store will have this sorted out. You have to go by appearance usually since fish may often be mis-identified in stores.

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Thanks so much Byron. I will be getting some neon tetra and one whiptail catfish to start out. I may add one more to the tank later on down the road.
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