08-29-2013, 02:51 PM
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I have very soft water in my area 40ppm, so in general I like to choose fish that like soft, acidic water and I have bags of peat in the filter in all 5 of my tanks my neons are so happy that they spawn every couple of weeks, which I hear can be quite difficult. I am also currently in the process of setting up a NPT backwater tank, which will look very similar to the photos.
I always hear about people having problems with neons and I never have, they have had whitespot once because I got some boraras from a shop that doesn't treat their sick fish and just sells them on.. I don't shop there anymore though.
I'm thinking either Bolivian ram or apistogramma trifasciata. Possible dwarf gourami.
Originally Posted by newtchaplin
dwarf gourami is a good choice. I sorta agree about the neon's but not really. I have gotten a lot of neon's in my time and I have to say they have problems, maybe it is the mass breeding of them and most usually have ick, or stunted growth, or a curved spine, and they seem to get cotton mouth pretty easy. Neon tetras need acidic water to live a happy life, most other fish do not need that kind of water so the neon's usually only life a couple of year opposed to a full life. Sometimes you might get lucky and find some that are healthy. If you are going to keep the neon's you need to stock with fish that need the same environment that they live in. I'll post a pic showing what kind of water neon's need to survive a full life. The type of water that you need for a neon is Tannin water. The pics show what you will want it to look like.
Last edited by gema; 08-29-2013 at 02:58 PM..