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craftyjag 08-29-2012 08:27 AM

I've decided on fish, now how many can I get?
Hi all, my tank is in the process of cycling, nitrites are rising and I'm getting excited about stocking it! It is planted, with two pieces of driftwood (thanks to Byron's suggestion!) 29 gallon (standard size, not sure of actual dimensions) and soft, slightly basic water (7.4).

I've decided to go with flame tetras and sterbai corys and just stick with the two schools. What I'd like to know is how many of each can I comfortably have in this size tank for optimum fish happiness? I've chosen the tetras based on their looks and water preference, and the corys because my house stays consistently hot from mid-April to mid-September here in Maryland (I live in an old, poorly insulated solid brick "oven" :roll:) so my tank temp is averaging 80-81 and would do so for months. I understand that the sterbai are better at tolerating the higher temps. Aside from that I find them adorable!

I'd like to get the maximum number without overstocking so any advice will help. Thanks!

1077 08-29-2012 09:49 AM

I think you could do eight to ten of the Von rio's and six of the sterbai with regular weekly water changes.

thekoimaiden 08-29-2012 10:25 AM

I agree. I think a school of 10 flame tetra and 6 of the sterbai would make a very nice tank. Schooling fish will always show better color in larger schools, so I like to go as large as I can without overstocking.

craftyjag 08-30-2012 11:24 AM

Thanks! I'm really having fun setting up this tank right this time and having a little slice of nature in my living room. I think I'll really enjoy having two happy schools rather than a tank of "this and that" as I've previously had over the years as most do.

thekoimaiden 08-30-2012 12:44 PM

It sound like it will be a nice tank. I've got one very similar in my bedroom. Beautiful and relaxing. We'd love to see some pictures when it's done!

craftyjag 08-30-2012 12:57 PM

Here's a pic in progress, forgive the blur, I'm having difficulty getting a good shot without glare unless I don't use the flash and my hubby seems to have hidden the tripod. I wish I were as creative at aquascaping as a lot of you folks but I'm not too unhappy with my first attempt!

thekoimaiden 08-30-2012 01:46 PM

Without the flash seems to be the best way to get a picture. I get the best shots after dark and with the room lights out.

Don't sell yourself short. Your tank looks great. A school of flame tetra will add great color to your tank. The floating plants are a great touch. The tetra will love them and give you a beautiful red color.

fish monger 08-30-2012 04:07 PM

Your tank looks nice and your stocking plan is very good.

craftyjag 08-30-2012 04:22 PM

Thanks! The hardest part is the waiting, but my nitrites are off the chart and ammonia is starting to come down, so it's on its way :)

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