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Old 12-09-2006, 07:27 AM   #1
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How many neon tetras for a 46 gallon?

How many neons do you think i can put in a 46 gallon and have room for them to live, I would also like to add a pleco, would one be enough? Thanks
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Old 12-09-2006, 10:54 AM   #2
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one of the smaller plecos would be fine for a 46g.
for the neons, it depends on how frequently you want to do pwc's. but for the regular once-a-week pwc's, i'd go for a school of 15 or less. i'd have had 20+, but then i'd have heavily planted the tank too. but understocking is always better than overstocking.
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46 gallon is a decent size, and the Neon tetra's are really small. Why only 15?
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Old 12-09-2006, 02:37 PM   #4
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neons have a very low bioload. If you only want neons and plecos then go for a pleco that stays between 3-6" and then you could get like 30 neons if you keep up with your water changes.
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remember not to make your tank look like a a feeder fish tank, and that the neons should have enough swimming space of their own.
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remember not to make your tank look like a a feeder fish tank, and that the neons should have enough swimming space of their own.
I agree. If you opt for the BN pleco types, that are no larger than 6" or so, then you could feasibly keep a couple. I would go for a school of 20 neons.
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also before you get all excited about a huge school of neons, unless larger fish are present, the neons will drift off, and not school.

larger fish keep them in line
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