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post #1 of 3 Old 10-11-2011, 11:11 AM Thread Starter
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Stocking with LemonTetra

I have a 20 gallon high tank with 7 lemon tetra. It is a south american biotope with a pH of 6.5, temp of 78 degrees, and soft water. The tank looks great, but I would love to add some variety to it. Byron has suggested a whiptale catfish for the substrate, but I was wondering if there is anything that could add variety to the upper level of the aquarium. I was thinking something a little bigger that could live on its own. If there are any other smaller fish that I could get a group of, that would work too. I just don't want to end up with a crowded tank, just a little variety. If there is nothing out there, then I will just get 2 more Lemon Tetra.

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S.A. Flooded Jungle (20 gallon)
A heavily planted tank. Inhabitants include: 7 Lemon Tetra, 1 Whiptail Catfish, and MTS.

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The 20g high space is limiting, but with your water parameters (well suited to characins) I would look into hatchetfish and pencilfish. These all remain smallish, are quiet (not active swimmers), so they suit small spaces better.

Among the hatchetfish, stay with the species in Carnegiella, there are 4 and all are in our profiles. I have these in all my Amazonian tanks.

Among pencilfish, any species except Nannostomus beckfordi will work. N. beckfordi are rather feisty and can get nippy esp in small spaces. But all the others are peaceful and colourful. N. eques swims at an angle, so that is something different, and a group of 7-8 would be fine. N. marginatus, the dwarf, is quite pretty and maxes out at about an inch. These two are more often seen than the other species.

The Ember Tetra is small, and a group of 8-9 would be fine with the Lemons.

A Twig Catfish and a Whiptail Catfish would both work (individually or together), and a group of 5 corys, or 6 with 3 of two species.

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The 20g high space is limiting, but with your water parameters (well suited to characins) I would look into hatchetfish and pencilfish. These all remain smallish, are quiet (not active swimmers), so they suit small spaces better.

Among the hatchetfish, stay with the species in Carnegiella, there are 4 and all are in our profiles. I have these in all my Amazonian tanks.

Among pencilfish, any species except Nannostomus beckfordi will work. N. beckfordi are rather feisty and can get nippy esp in small spaces. But all the others are peaceful and colourful. N. eques swims at an angle, so that is something different, and a group of 7-8 would be fine. N. marginatus, the dwarf, is quite pretty and maxes out at about an inch. These two are more often seen than the other species.

The Ember Tetra is small, and a group of 8-9 would be fine with the Lemons.

A Twig Catfish and a Whiptail Catfish would both work (individually or together), and a group of 5 corys, or 6 with 3 of two species.

Byron.
Thanks Byron, you are always a huge help. I will go with either the ember tetra or the dwarf pencilfish. I will most likely end up getting a group of ember tetra because I know my LFS carries them. Not sure about the dwarf pencilfish.

Advice for anyone new to the hobby: Do your research!! Before you do anything to your aquarium, take some time to research it. It has made a huge difference for me

S.A. Flooded Jungle (20 gallon)
A heavily planted tank. Inhabitants include: 7 Lemon Tetra, 1 Whiptail Catfish, and MTS.
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