09-19-2011, 10:38 AM
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Originally Posted by 1stAquarium
I have my own 120 litre aquarium, which had just 5 rummy nose tetras and some snails in, and some molly fry I got free from my LFS, which are in a breeding trap.
I was then given a tank by a friend who is going to live abroad, and I would like some advice about what these fish require as I have not kept most of them before. The new (but mature) tank is an "Interpet Fish Pod 48 litre" I think. The fish which came in it were: 3 zodiac loaches, 1 glass catfish, 2 large male bristlenose, 1 neon tetra, 3 scissortail rasboras, 1 black phantom tetra.
I have since gradually moved the 3 scissortails and the phantom tetra into my larger tank, and added two red/black phantoms to make a small group. I will also be moving the glass catfish and 2 BNs into the large tank. I will provide each BN with his own cave, and they already have some driftwood. So that will just leave the neon and the 3 loaches in the small tank, and I plan to add some guppies at some point. I know the neon should be in a school but every time I have tried to keep neons in the past, they have gradually died, despite pH checks etc, so I don't want to cause any more deaths!
I have bought algae pellets for the BNs and loaches. Am I missing anything? Will these fish be okay?
Well, I know for sure that the glass cat needs other glass cats, as they are a shoaling fish and need at least 5 minimum in a group. The neon's required parameters are about 68-74° F, KH 4-8, pH 5.0-7.0 and also need to be in group. Many of the other fish you have now also do best in a group of absolutely no less than 5-6 members. That being said, a 120 liter tank is about 32 gallons rounded up, and 48 liters is about 12.5 gallons. With all these shoaling fish that need more in their group, including the scissortails, phantom tetra, glass cats, and neon tetra, that's about 23 fish not including what you already have and the others, which is about 33 fish... also not including the molly fry. The loaches should be moved to the 120 liter. (Sorry if that sounded a little scatter brained, was organizing my thoughts)
So, if you want to keep these fish healthy and happy, I think you should really consider adding to their schools... but also you are dangerously close to being overstocked or are already overstocked.
If I were you, I would have the following in what tanks you have:
5 rummy nose tetra
5 glass catfish
6 scissortail rasbora
6 black phantom tetra
2 bristlenose pleco
3 zodiac loach
6 neon tetra
maybe put the mollies in this one... how many fry do you have?
Last edited by OddballFishCoveter; 09-19-2011 at 10:42 AM..