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Kelmo974 10-02-2011 10:07 PM

Tank Additions
 
Hello everyone! I'm happy to announce that my very first tank just finished cycling the other day. I have a school of 10 neon tetras (rather beginner of me, I know) and 1 pleco. Just looking for any suggestions on what to add next. There's plenty of room in my 29 gal tank for more fish. Maybe another pleco and two angel fish? Is that suitable or should only one pleco roam a medium sized tank? If you think I could fit more than another 3 fish I'm very open to that as well. Thanks for reading this amigos.8-)

1077 10-03-2011 04:10 AM

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Originally Posted by Kelmo974 (Post 848622)
Hello everyone! I'm happy to announce that my very first tank just finished cycling the other day. I have a school of 10 neon tetras (rather beginner of me, I know) and 1 pleco. Just looking for any suggestions on what to add next. There's plenty of room in my 29 gal tank for more fish. Maybe another pleco and two angel fish? Is that suitable or should only one pleco roam a medium sized tank? If you think I could fit more than another 3 fish I'm very open to that as well. Thanks for reading this amigos.8-)


Many of the common plecos can grow to eighteen inches or longer and will do poorly at this size in 29 gal tank.
The pleco could reach twelve inches in a year, depending on size when purchased.
Many are those who buy these fish as algae eater's or "cleaner fish".
The common pleco often loses interest in algae when it realizes,, that fish food is easier for it to search for and they produce a ton of waste(poop) so they really don't clean the tank for they increase the poop in the tank quite a bit.
Smaller plecos are out there, and are perhaps not offered as often. I would consider Bristlenose Pleco who max out at around 6 inches but four or five inches is prolly more realistic.
Angelfish will make quick snacks of small fishes such as terta's as the Angelfish matures, and this fish also would grow too large for 29 gal tank.
Is difficult to suggest fishes when we have no idea what your water is like with respect to pH,general hardness(GH) and or Carbonate hardness (KH).
Perhaps water company could provide you this information (call em) which would in turn make fish recommendations much easier.
Not all fish enjoy same water chemistry,not all fish will get along with other fishes,Adult size of fish should be consideration,types of fish dictate types of foods offered.

aunt kymmie 10-03-2011 10:41 AM

I agree with what 1077 has to say in regard to stocking your tank, I'm just popping in to say welcome to TFK. Glad to have you join us. :-)

Byron 10-03-2011 01:58 PM

Likewise. Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.

Byron.

ladayen 10-03-2011 03:43 PM

Welcome :)

1 more thing to add.. no pleco should be in a 10g tank. 1 small pleco is enough in the 29, as mentioned common plecos and many other species will get too large for a 29g.

Calmwaters 10-05-2011 09:42 AM

I agree with everyone else. If you can give us your water ph and hardness we could suggest some fish that will work in your tank.

Kelmo974 10-05-2011 08:28 PM

My pH is 7.4 and no exact numbers on my water hardness, but it is definitely hard. As Ammonia, Nitrites, and Nitrates, they are all at respectable levels. 73 degrees F at the moment.

ladayen 10-05-2011 09:39 PM

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Originally Posted by Kelmo974 (Post 851729)
My pH is 7.4 and no exact numbers on my water hardness, but it is definitely hard. As Ammonia, Nitrites, and Nitrates, they are all at respectable levels. 73 degrees F at the moment.


Need exact numbers for ammonia and nitrites. 0 is the only respectable number. Nitrates need to be 20 or less.I would probably bump the temperature up a couple degrees to 75-76.

Kelmo974 10-05-2011 11:00 PM

Sorry for the confusion. By respectable I meant that Ammonia=0 ppm Nitrites=0 ppm and Nitrates are less than 10 ppm and my water is now at 75 degrees F.


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