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Was given some fish - advice required please!
Old 09-15-2011, 02:21 PM   #1
 
Was given some fish - advice required please!

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?
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Old 09-19-2011, 09:38 AM   #2
 
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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:

120 liter:
5 rummy nose tetra
5 glass catfish
6 scissortail rasbora
6 black phantom tetra
2 bristlenose pleco
3 zodiac loach

48 liter:
6 neon tetra
maybe put the mollies in this one... how many fry do you have?

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Old 09-20-2011, 10:22 AM   #3
 
Thank you for your reply. I don't want to overstock my tank, so I'm thinking I may rehome the glass cat (not via a pet shop, via fish websites etc)? I have now moved all the fish to the larger tank, barring the 3 loaches and 1 BN which I cannot catch at the moment.
I have about 10 molly fry, but you know what their survival rate is like :(
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Old 09-20-2011, 01:51 PM   #4
 
I agree, glass cats are particularly finicky about being in a school. If you don't want to get at least 4 more glass cats, I would rehome the one you have. I have heard that they will often start to refuse to eat if not in a group.

You already know that the neon needs a school. I too have had only terrible luck with them, so maybe consider rehoming that one as well, I'm sure any local petstore would take it as long as its in good health.

You may want to consider keeping as many of the mollies as possible (and maybe purchasing more to help fill out the tank) and making your 48 litre tank a slightly brackish tank for them. There are a lot of varieties, you could have a lot of color and movement with that kind of broad species tank.
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Old 09-20-2011, 03:31 PM   #5
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In my experience (so far) neon tetras are easy to keep as long as the water is soft and slightly acidic. Currently my water parameters are hardness 100 ppm (ideally it should be 75 ppm) and pH 7 (should be 6.6). Please read the fish profile for neon tetras.
You will also need to keep at least 6 of them. Also a planted tank greatly helps, especially with some floating plants.
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