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Akeath 05-27-2012 02:59 PM

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.

jaysee 05-27-2012 08:00 PM

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.

Byron 05-28-2012 05:35 PM

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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