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hello and welcome.
how come only one serape ?
 

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hi
well i guess the fish store told you those fish were ok ?
shame really,they were destined to doom,naughty store !
could you possibly take him back and change him for a few danios instead,
serpae are best in a large group,and not a particularly nice personality fish.
ment to say,live plants would help a lot with the tank too.
 

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probably not at this time, its been a few weeks. I have started researching other fish to put in with him once the cycle is complete. if nothing else i will get more serpaes. I like the Emperor tetras and the Brilliant Rummy Nose tetras
 

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i liked the rummy noses i kept once,made a lovely show,
i had them in a group of around 10.
if i have another big tank one day,they will be on my wish list.
 

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some may bond due to fear perhaps,like small tetras,but personally
i think same species in groups is best.
 

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Okay, quick update. I am 5 1/2 weeks into my cycle. Ammonia has dropped drastically the last few days. Been at 0 ppm for 2 days now. The nitrates have been back and forth between 20 and 40 ppm but the nitrites are still between 1 and 3 ppm...About how long does it take for those nitrites to come back down. According to my test strips (also used API for testing) 1-3 ppm are the "cautious" section. thanks guys and gals :)
 

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The small size of the tank is going to limit your choice of fish fairly tightly. Six gallons is not a lot of room for most of the shoaling fish which typically do best in numbers of 10+
 
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