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Water changes and aquarium size.
Old 07-06-2012, 12:53 AM   #11
 
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Smaller ones like corys
Yeah, don't do it. I could be wrong on this but there isn't a species out there that can survive in such a tank. What specific tetras were you looking at putting in there?
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Old 07-06-2012, 12:58 AM   #12
 
Neon tetras, main concern is will the water need changing more just because the tank is smaller.
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Old 07-06-2012, 01:05 AM   #13
 
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If you have very very light stocking and test the water regularly then you might be able to get away with slightly less water changes.

The fact the tank is small though will likely mean you will need to change the water possibly once or even twice a week.
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Old 07-06-2012, 01:10 AM   #14
 
Thanks,
Logic was telling me If a 5 gallon was lightly stocked, I should be fine. I'm getting the message though that it will require more changes. I should restart the 10 gallon. liked the 5 gallon though, just don't have alot of room, thanks for the replies.
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Old 07-06-2012, 01:15 AM   #15
 
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Basically the smaller the tank the more water changes need to be done as there is less volume of water to dilute pollutants.

A good thing to remember - The solution to Pollution is Dilution meaning more water changes.

10g would be better off if you can fit it in.
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Old 07-06-2012, 08:54 AM   #16
 
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I agree. Plus Neon Tetra are a shoaling fish and should not be kept in numbers less than 6. They actually greatly prefer larger shoals as they are a small fish, and they've been geneticaly programed over hundreds of years of evolution that there is safety in numbers.

Almost all small fish are this way, and due to that a 5 gallon isn't suited to much of anything. Personally, I'd only keep a Betta with a couple shrimp or a snail in one that small.
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Old 07-06-2012, 02:41 PM   #17
 
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Agree, a 5g is not sufficient size for any of the "normal" tetra or cory because they must each be in a group regardless of their individual size.

We have fish profiles, and most fish are included. Second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top; info on numbers, minimum tank size, and other issues are included for each species. If the name is identical in posts as i the profile, it will shade, example Neon Tetra, and you can click the shaded name for that profile.

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