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Eagle 04-19-2008 01:19 PM

hi and a question on neon tetras
hello everyone. i am new to the forum. looks like a great place :)

i want to setup a new 5 gallon tank for my office. i havent bought it yet. i love neon tetras and cardinal tetras...could i keep some in this 5 gallon tank? i dont have room for anything bigger, and i want the space to be cleared up. how many can i keep of each?


CB-Sunshine 04-19-2008 02:14 PM

Hi! I'm basically new also but good rule is 1 gal of water for 1 inch of fish. I have two neons but don't know about the others. Hope this helps & Good Luck.

herefishy 04-19-2008 05:15 PM

Welcome to the forum.

The one inch rule is not a good rule. Some fish produce quantum more waste than others.

If I were to make a choice between cardinals and neons, I would pick cardinals. They are hardier and show more color. You could probably stock about six cards if you had adequate filtration.

beetlebz 04-19-2008 11:33 PM

HF, do you think that would provide adequate swimming space for the tetras? I wouldnt have thought so, but then again I need to think less to stay out of trouble :lol:

herefishy 04-20-2008 12:08 AM

Of the tetra group, neons and cardinals are less boisterous than, say serpeas. I would think that they should be ok, especially if a few plants were added to calm them and provide security. But, no more than six. Your concern about swimming space is valid.

Cody 04-20-2008 02:39 PM


I also think you can keep a few (6 max) in the tank. I have been thinking about adding Cards to my 5G because I absolutley love them; dbating between CPD's, Endler's and Cards.

Good luck with your tank. I would love to see your progress.

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