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motus 01-15-2007 02:21 AM

33gal tank fish count help...
First time poster here...

I have a 33 Gal tank and have about a dozen tetras right now. I want to bring some more fish in. My plan is in total about 30 tetras (mostly neons) and 2 Discus. Would this be considered crowded? If so what would be a more comfortible population? Thanks.

Lupin 01-15-2007 02:55 AM

Welcome aboard.:wave:

I would try to skip the discus. They grow to a max of about 8 inches and this is too big for the tank. One is not even recommended as they are cichlids and will act unpredictably. Stick with the tetras. For surface, I'd suggest hatchetfish and cories and otos for bottom.:)

blueblue48 01-15-2007 12:37 PM

lol i have a marble hachetfish and there absoloutly hilarious. the have a huge gut type thingy.

motus 01-17-2007 09:04 PM

Thanks for the info. I would really like my hobby to grow so ive decided to upgrade the tank to allow for a wider range of fish and get some discus in there. Ive had the 33 for 4 years now.

Wlould 3 or 4 Discus be aceptable? I really like seeing tetras in tight schools and want Discus or something to hold them together. Plus I like the radical scale difference of the fish in the same tank. For s setup such as this what would be the "ideal" sized tank?

Lonewolfblue 01-17-2007 09:38 PM

I would recommend 75G and 5-6 Discus, and 1 large school of tetras, maybe hatches as well, and a school of Otos and Cories, and 2 BN Plecos. Make sure you have at least 1 piece of driftwood in the tank for the BN's so they can rasp on it. It's primarily for their health. :)

Lupin 01-17-2007 09:59 PM

A 33 would fit only tetras, dwarf cichlids and some plecs.:) Pls avoid some tetras particularly the serpaes, red-eyes and black skirts. They get nippy and will nip your discus' fins.:shake:

Lonewolfblue 01-17-2007 10:31 PM

And if you really want to do something cool, a large school of Rummy Nose Tetras. They are one of my fav schooling tetras because they school so well.

Lupin 01-17-2007 10:38 PM


Originally Posted by Lonewolfblue
And if you really want to do something cool, a large school of Rummy Nose Tetras. They are one of my fav schooling tetras because they school so well.

I second that.:thumbsup: They do school so tightly.:mrgreen:

motus 01-18-2007 12:17 AM

Thanks for all the help. I googled the Rummy Nose and they seem pretty cool.

Can anyone recommend some good general books on Freshwater Aquariums? Mabe also on plants etc... Trying to really get a grasp on everything and there seems to be ALLOT to learn.

Lupin 01-18-2007 02:55 AM

I would just give you a warning that rummies are very tricky to transport and are very sensitive to water conditions so maintain your tank properly. Their red coloration often serves as indicator. If the red coloration fades, chances are they were either stressed or something is wrong with your water quality.

Pls introduce them at a later stage or better yet to be clear, make sure they are the last fish you should introduced.

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