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Will it be too many fish in my tank?
Old 11-23-2010, 07:50 PM   #21
 
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Banana plant will (if it lives) send leaves to the surface, but this plant is not easy and while some have luck with it many others do not; it also from what I've read from experts rarely lasts beyond a year.

Water Sprite is incredible. One plant is all you'll need. Once established, it produces numerous daughter plants on several of the leaves, and these can be removed as new plants. I toss out plants almost every week from my Asian tanks where I have this floating, and the original plant I bought some 12 years ago and have had plants ever since.

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Thanks a lot for your help. I will probably get the water sprite. My tank is ready with a PH of around 6.5, so it's time to get the black neon tetras. Tomorrow is the day. Just a quick final question are Black Neon Tetras the kind of tetras that like an odd number group.
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Old 11-23-2010, 10:29 PM   #22
 
You really don't need to reduce the light. I would have alot more fish, but then again thats just me. If its your first tank its a good start. You need at least 6 tetras. They can't count higher then six so the number is up to you.
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Old 11-24-2010, 11:09 AM   #23
 
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You need at least 6 tetras. They can't count higher then six so the number is up to you.
Oh Yeah, I know that tetras need at least 6. I'm asking about if black neons or lemons are kind of fish that like an odd number like 7. I read that some tetras like odd number groups.
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Old 11-24-2010, 01:36 PM   #24
 
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Oh Yeah, I know that tetras need at least 6. I'm asking about if black neons or lemons are kind of fish that like an odd number like 7. I read that some tetras like odd number groups.
I don't know where that came from, I've seen it mentioned here from time to time but I've never found any "source." The fish don't care if the number is even or odd, their only issue would be the more the merrier.

Some fish are better in a certain ratio for reasons of behaviour particularly during spawning. In some species the males drive the females hard, and if there are more males than females this can exhaust the females to the point that they become ill and die. In these cases, 1 male to 2 females, or 2 males to 3-4 females, etc. works better, but the end number being odd or even makes no difference.

For many of the tetra telling male and female is difficult until the fish are mature and the females are noticeably rounder. A group of 6 or more will usually contain a mix. I usually get odd numbered groups, but for no other reason than personal preference. In a vase, 3 flowers are better than 2, and 5 than 4, etc. But this is my psychological quirk.

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Old 11-24-2010, 02:05 PM   #25
 
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thanks, I'm getting my first fish group of fish today 8 lemons. But, if there are at least 6 that's good too. And if they don't have enough lemons or the lemons aren't healthy. I have a backup plan. I'll get either Flame, Pristella, Silvertip, or Penguin Tetras.
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Old 11-24-2010, 04:47 PM   #26
 
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I just made a wonderful addition to my tank. 7 Pristella Tetras. Sadly, the Black Neons were sick and the Lemon Tetras weren't at the LFS. But, never fear the pristellas were available and next on my list. I also got a water sprite and now it's floating around in the tank. I'll try to post a picture of the fish soon.
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Old 11-24-2010, 06:38 PM   #27
 
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I know fish take around a day getting used to the tank. But, my pristella tetras have just been in a group around the bottom of a plant is that normal or maybe the water current is too fast.
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I know fish take around a day getting used to the tank. But, my pristella tetras have just been in a group around the bottom of a plant is that normal or maybe the water current is too fast.
Pristella tend to like currents; my shoal in my 115g remain at the end of the filter outflow, facing into it, almost constantly--except when food is offered elsewhere. Of course, if it's a torrent it may be too much, fish have to work harder the more current they are in, since they can't "stand still" in moving water. But I suspect it is just their getting used to the new environment; most shoaling fish will remain in a close group together when introduced to a different tank, and remaining among the plants indicates they feel more secure there.
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Old 11-24-2010, 07:58 PM   #29
 
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I see. I plan to add either corydoras or two gouramis around the weekend. The thing is, I was mostly paying attention to the tetras in the LFS today. But, I only really noticed some kind of cory that's called green something and maybe pygmy cories. Plus if my pristellas like staying at the bottom it'll get crowded with corys. What is a good top dwelling fish with the parameters of tetras. No hatchetfish though.
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Old 11-24-2010, 08:14 PM   #30
 
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I see. I plan to add either corydoras or two gouramis around the weekend. The thing is, I was mostly paying attention to the tetras in the LFS today. But, I only really noticed some kind of cory that's called green something and maybe pygmy cories. Plus if my pristellas like staying at the bottom it'll get crowded with corys. What is a good top dwelling fish with the parameters of tetras. No hatchetfish though.
Assuming it is just initial reaction, the Pristella will not remain near the substratel they tend to swim mid-water. The green cory could be Corydoras aeneus, or it may be Brochis splendens. They look "identical" at first glance but the Brochis is larger and higher and has a dorsal that extends further along the back. Check the profiles for photos and other info. Pygmy corys are somewhat sensitive to water parameters and conditions, and I strongly advise only acquiring them after the tank is established (not just cycled, but established, say 2 months).

Top fish are not abundant. I have Nannostomus beckfordi, the most commonly-seen pencilfish, in my 115g and they tend to spend most of their time in the upper half of the tank. They must have plants as they spend the day picking over plant leaves for bits of food. The display of the males is fascinating. Check out the profile for photos, and note the info on behaviour. Although a pencilfish, these guys can be a bit feisty.
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