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post #21 of 23 Old 05-23-2013, 03:44 PM
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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
Add all the tetra at the same time. Whenever a shoaling fish is added, the entire group should be added together.

I wouldn't expect the cherry barb to bother the neons, but fish can vary from the norm.

Glass cats last, only because they are the most sensitive and the more stable the tank the better. And the plants will have grown in a bit, so that helps with such skittish fish.

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post #22 of 23 Old 05-23-2013, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
Ever since you told me to switch from API Leaf Zone to Flourish, my plants have EXPLODED! I have had to trim back my water sprite, corkscrew vals and hornwort already. The picture in my aquarium log was just after the trim last week. Plants are full and should be great protection and make the fish comfortable. Im a bit scared of getting the Tetras after they killed each other last time but it may have been that I still had ammonia in my water due to cycling and they were stressed.
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Ever since you told me to switch from API Leaf Zone to Flourish, my plants have EXPLODED! I have had to trim back my water sprite, corkscrew vals and hornwort already. The picture in my aquarium log was just after the trim last week. Plants are full and should be great protection and make the fish comfortable. Im a bit scared of getting the Tetras after they killed each other last time but it may have been that I still had ammonia in my water due to cycling and they were stressed.
Probably something to do with it. Should be OK now. Glad the plants are responding...once you know what they need and how to provide it, you're home free.

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