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Mustang Boy 07-25-2008 11:27 PM

2 tetra number questions
 
ok i am setting up a 10gal planted tank for tetras and shrimp and i was wondering what the minimum number of tetra i would need for a school and what would be the largest amount of tetra i could put in this 10gal tank

1077 07-25-2008 11:31 PM

Would depend on what type of tetras. For neon or cardinals I would put no less than six and no more than twelve. :)

Mustang Boy 07-25-2008 11:37 PM

well i was thinking of 2 small schools of tetra one school of glowlights and the other im thinking of maybe neons but im not sure about the second yet but i know they will be about the same size tetra as glowlights

Tyyrlym 07-26-2008 08:41 PM

For a ten gallon tank you're probably going to be pushing it with two small schools of tetras, and that's if they're small fish and not some of the larger tetras.

Mustang Boy 07-26-2008 11:37 PM

well i am planning on using smaller tetras and i am going to have shrimp to help clean up after the fish and plenty of plant work to help get rid of the nitrates and CO2

okiemavis 07-27-2008 12:07 AM

Why not get one decent size shoal of tetras and then some bottom dwellers?

Little-Fizz 07-27-2008 01:15 AM

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Originally Posted by Mustang Boy
well i am planning on using smaller tetras and i am going to have shrimp to help clean up after the fish and plenty of plant work to help get rid of the nitrates and CO2

Lets not forget that shrimp have a bio load too. And you need a crazy amount of plants for them to eat enough nitrates for you to consider your tank safe.

Mustang Boy 07-27-2008 02:20 AM

yes shrimp have a bioload too but they will eat more mess than they produce so they would be pretty beneficial

Little-Fizz 07-27-2008 05:23 AM

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Originally Posted by Mustang Boy
yes shrimp have a bioload too but they will eat more mess than they produce so they would be pretty beneficial

Not necessarily true, I'm not trying to say shrimp wouldn't be beneficial, But adding more of them won't make it ok to add two small groups of tetras in a ten gallon tank.

okiemavis 07-27-2008 10:23 AM

Well, invertebrates metabolisms are very different from fish, so they do produce a lot less waste. While their presence is something to be aware of, a couple of shrimp probably won't make a noticeable difference in the bioload.


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