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Welsh 03-18-2011 01:45 PM

Still looks bare!! :(
After Armageddon occurred in my tank awhile ago; I had 6 fish that actually survived however, the survivors ruined my plan and now i'm back to working out what fish I want. I had planned on having

8 neon tetra
1 DG
5 Albino Corydoras

but now I have;-

4 Neon Tetra - I bought last week
1 DG - I bought this week
1 small Platy - Survivor
1 BN Pleco - Survivor
4 X ray Tetra - Survivors

My tank still looks bare and I was just wondering whether I could squeeze anymore fish into the tank.

It's a 12 UK gallon (15US) 24inches long and 12inches high; in case that matters lol


Thoth 03-18-2011 02:24 PM

If you are not frequent with the water changes, I would not suggest more than 15"/38 cm of fish in your tank. If you clean the tank weekly with >20% water changes, you could have more with a max of 30"/76 cm (This amount will make the tank look too full). I have been keeping 44"/110 cm of fish in 20 gallon High for more than a year with no problems ( 20% to 50% weekly water changes, no skipping weeks).

Welsh 03-18-2011 03:09 PM

Nope, I'm always on top of my water changes. I do 50% once a week, every week :)

fish4ever 03-18-2011 03:33 PM

an inch per gallon and that doesnt mean how many inches it is when you buy it it means how many inches is its average adault size but you have a lot of small tetras so if you do lots of water changes about two or more a week you can probaly get away with a guppy or maybe a molly but mollys can be territoriol. so if it was my tank i would add a couple of guppies but make sure they are the same sex because they will breed than the babies will breed and so on.i hope this helped.

Welsh 03-18-2011 03:35 PM

I've had guppies before and I weren't a fan, they never bred either :( I also don't like mollies and I think their somewhat brackish :/ but thanks for the replies :D

Thoth 03-18-2011 03:40 PM

With a 50% WC, I don't think you will have any issues. Just test the water every now and then especially if you have recently added fish, cleaned the filter, had wide temperature swings, removed/ pruned plants or believe your water supply chemistry has changed. Anytime an event occurs that you believe will have an effect on N (ammonia, nitrite, Nitrate) I would do a water test.

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