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post #11 of 23 Old 04-22-2013, 11:13 AM Thread Starter
So maybe 7-8 glass catfish, 8 Neon Tetras, 8 Rasboras and loaches or corys for the bottom. Is this feasable??

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So maybe 7-8 glass catfish, 8 Neon Tetras, 8 Rasboras and loaches or corys for the bottom. Is this feasable??
Yes. Which loach though; some (most) are very active.

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post #13 of 23 Old 04-22-2013, 11:53 AM Thread Starter
Kuhli loach i hear would be best for the tank size i have.

After talking to the family, We will probably go with Kuhli loaches, glass catfish, Lemon Tetras and Harlequin Rasboras. Help with quantities would be great!

One more thing. What is a good website to order Water Sprite? (or aquarium plants in general)
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Kuhli loach i hear would be best for the tank size i have.

After talking to the family, We will probably go with Kuhli loaches, glass catfish, Lemon Tetras and Harlequin Rasboras. Help with quantities would be great!

One more thing. What is a good website to order Water Sprite? (or aquarium plants in general)
I will leave the plant website question for those who have done this; I have been fortunate to get my plants locally. Besides, I'm in Canada and imports of plants from the US is not easy [works the other way too].

For numbers, I would say 5-6 kuhlii, minimum 7 Glass cats, 7-8 Lemon and 8-9 Rasbora.

Kuhlii need sand, they have to burrow. Plus lots of chunks of wood with tunnels. You may rarely see them, but once they are settled, and if they have plenty of hiding spots, they should be out more than if they are stressed by not sufficient hideouts.

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Aquariumplants.com is a good place to order plants online. Every shipment I've received from them has been packaged wonderfully and the plants in great condition. The shipping is a bit expensive, so it might not be worth it for just one plant. You could try putting an ad up in the Classified section. We have some users on the west coast and shipping from there would be cheaper than from Aquariumplants.com.

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post #16 of 23 Old 04-23-2013, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
I did actually buy from aquariumplants.com. It should be here Friday. It was $2.99 for the plant but $22 for shipping. I REALLY wanted that darn plant! LOL. I got the 2nd day delivery or it would've been over $40. Hopefully it gets here in ok condition.

Thank you everyone! I will be stocking Neons very soon.
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I did actually buy from aquariumplants.com. It should be here Friday. It was $2.99 for the plant but $22 for shipping. I REALLY wanted that darn plant! LOL. I got the 2nd day delivery or it would've been over $40. Hopefully it gets here in ok condition.

Thank you everyone! I will be stocking Neons very soon.
Yikes - for future reference, most LFS's can add specific fish/plants to their regular weekly orders if you ask so you can avoid having to pay such shipping charges. Also, you might want to poke around on Aquabid or post a"want to buy" listing on fish forums when there are plants or fish you are wanting.
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post #18 of 23 Old 04-23-2013, 10:44 AM Thread Starter
I will definitely do that in the future. I do not have a local fish store within 30 miles of me except Petco and Petsmart. Thats the only problem.
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post #19 of 23 Old 04-25-2013, 01:45 PM Thread Starter
OK so I still had the 3 clown loaches and stocked 11 Neon Tetras on Tuesday night. The Loaches FLIPPED THE F*@% OUT!!!!!!! Complete carnage! 3 Neons dead in 24 hours. A few others with nipped fins. The loaches have been returned and I replaced the Neons. I had to pull all of my plants out to catch the Loaches too. Disaster!

The Tetras are doing fine now. Our final stocking decision is 10 Neons, 8 Glass Catfish, 8 Cherry Barbs and corys for the bottom. Hopefully no more bullying ensues.........
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post #20 of 23 Old 05-22-2013, 01:06 PM Thread Starter
OK so I believe my tank is finally cycled after 5 weeks. Even though my tap water has .50 ppm of ammonia, within 2 days of my water changes the ammonia and nitrite is 0. Nitrate around 10. I believe i am ready to stock more fish. Below is some info about my tank to refresh memories lol.

29 gallon
7.4 pH
Live Plants (see aquarium log for most recent picture)

I currently have 7 Cherry Barbs.

I want to add 10 Neon Tetras and 7-8 Glass Catfish (also cory's or loaches if possible but that is down the road a bit)

My question is: Can i stock 10 Neon Tetras at once? Or should i do 5 & 5? Last time i added Neons, they killed each other so im looking for advice on introducing them to the Cherry Barbs. Also, my Barbs are over an inch and the Neons at the store are pretty small. Should i try to find some bigger Neons?

I was told Glass Catfish should go last and want to confirm that.

Anything else that you want to add that would helpful i would appreciate
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