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Neil D 05-18-2013 07:52 AM

Cardinals V Neons? Other options?
Hey guys,

I'm planning on how to stock my tank. My research-internet-travel things have given me a lot of info about cardinals. The thing that sticks out to me is water hardness. Where I live, the pH is just above neutral and the water is moderately hard. I assume that rules out cardinals?

What about neons? I hear they're less finicky about water params.

What other options of tetras or any other (non cory) fish do I have if I plan on having honey gouramis?

dave56 05-18-2013 03:33 PM

Look into Danios. They are much more adaptable to harder water. There are a lot of choices in danios also. How hard is your water? I keep& breed Cardinals in 9dKH water.

Neil D 05-18-2013 03:49 PM

These are the two numbers the city site provided:

7.5 grains per gallon with a range of 6.7 to 8.5 grains per gallon
92 milligrams per liter (mg/L)

dave56 05-18-2013 04:42 PM

Jump over on fish profiles under charachins. There is a lengthy post there about neons, and water params

jentralala 05-18-2013 07:17 PM

What size tank? Honestly Neons prefer even more acidic water than cardinals, I'm pretty sure. They can also carry 'neon tetra disease'.

Neil D 05-18-2013 08:13 PM

The tank is 38g.

EDIT: so if neons and cardinals don't work, how about harlequin rasboras? I hear their peaceful, do fine in my water over here, and are good-looking. please tell me they will work lol.

dave56 05-19-2013 09:43 AM

Rasboras will work well in your water params.

Neil D 05-19-2013 11:01 AM

Thanks. I think I'm going to go with rasboras...Thanks for all the help!

dave56 05-19-2013 11:17 AM

Check out some of the micro danios, and Devarios. I keep, and breed Danio Choprae. They are colorful little fish, and peaceful.

Neil D 05-19-2013 11:49 AM

Considering them... thanks for the suggestions!

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