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post #1 of 3 Old 05-27-2012, 02:59 PM Thread Starter
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Would this be overstocking my 75 gallon?

I have a 75 gallon I've had set up for some time, and I want to get a school of Neon Tetras to add in.

Right now the tank contains:
11 Harlequin Rasboras and 1 Espei Tetra (the Espei was mislabeled at the store as a Harlequin and he schools with Harlequins)
12 Gold Tetras
11 Dwarf Neon Rainbows - 10 females and 1 male
Panda Cories - I'm planning for 15, right now there are only 11 but room for a few more of the inevitable fry is a top priority
1 male Bristlenose Pleco

Are the Neon Tetras compatible with everyone?
How many Neon Tetras could I reasonably fit?

I have 1 Neon Tetra fry in a fry keeper in here already, his egg must've came in on some Taiwan Moss I got for another tank, and he hatched in there. I treated the moss, but some of the strands were sticking above the Potassium Permanganate solution, and I'm assuming his egg was on one of those strands. I was very, very curious about what he was and have raised him in here once I found him, he's now getting his colors - bright blue eyes, a partial red stripe, and a silver belly, plus a visible adipose fin.
I really want to get this little guy a school once he is bigger, and to keep him. I'd be sad if I had to rehome him.
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post #2 of 3 Old 05-27-2012, 08:00 PM
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You have room for the tetras - as large a school as the others. Your tank is no where near overstocked from the perspective of the tank's capacity. Your filtration is okay - fine for the small fish you are keeping. If you were keeping larger or messier fish, I would say that an upgrade would be needed.

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post #3 of 3 Old 05-28-2012, 05:35 PM
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Agree, no issues there. Presumably you keep the tank less warm for all these species, 75-77F range is fine.

A large group is always better, and you have space. I would go for a dozen minimum, could be more but you may find something else down the road that will suit this community.

And the lone T. espei will be fine; I have one in with my group of T. hengeli, aside from the slight difference in the triangle and less-brilliant copper "axe" you'd never know it.


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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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