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Old 04-24-2008, 03:46 AM   #1
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How many Neon Tetras in a 55g?

I am just wondering how many neons you guys would reccomend having in a 55g? The guy in the store told me 35, but he also told me to cycle with fish so his information is suspect. the tank will have just 5 dwarf corys and the neons. The local fish store actually has the dwarf corys!
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Old 04-24-2008, 07:36 AM   #2
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of neons and coryadoras is all you are going to have, you could have around 40-45ish (maybe more) I would think. That will be one beautiful school of fish!
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Old 04-24-2008, 08:47 AM   #3
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I agree, if you're not planning on anything else you could have quite a few, which IMO would be kind of cool. I wouldn't expect 40ish to be a problem at all.
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Old 04-24-2008, 09:08 AM   #4
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40 neons in a 55 gal would be pretty cool... sounds fun to me
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Old 04-24-2008, 10:00 AM   #5
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That sounds really cool - that much color schooling and moving around would be awesome - I am also in agreement with about 40 neon
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Old 04-24-2008, 10:30 AM   #6
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Is there going to be any live plants. Plants and neons are oh so pretty. eighter way pictures of that large of school of neons is a must. Good luck
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Old 04-24-2008, 10:41 AM   #7
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Someone was trying to convince me to put 200 in my 125. lol that would've been crazy. I agree though, it's a cool idea.
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Old 04-24-2008, 10:43 AM   #8
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Someone was trying to convince me to put 200 in my 125. lol that would've been crazy. I agree though, it's a cool idea.
why not :p? that WOULD have been amazing!
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It would definately be a while befor you noticed if you had lost any with that size of school it wound be hard to get a head count especially in a planted tank like yours neil.
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Old 04-24-2008, 11:02 AM   #10
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Can you imagine me going into a LFS like petsmart.

Employee: "Can I help you find something?"
Me: "Yes, I'd like to get some neon tetras please"
Employee: "Great, how many would you like"
Me: "200, give or take"
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Being me, I would've had to have responded with
Me: "oh, could you bag those in groups of 5 or less please also?"


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Old 04-24-2008, 11:15 AM   #11
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LOL! I can just picture the poor store employee.
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Old 04-24-2008, 04:09 PM   #12
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No there are not going to be any live plants. I have some silk fake plants and driftwood. I will be adding more plants when I can find some realistic enough.

Thanks for the replies . I always liked the look of a large group of fish moving around together, it's just the coolest thing.
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Well I have a few neons in there now about 13 and 5 dwarf corys. I was thinking about adding some otocinclus and maybe some of those ghost? Clear? shrimp. my tank is so peaceful i doubt they'd eat anything besides the little tiny snails i have that hitch-hiked in with the pottedplant i used to seed my tank.

not trying to be too technical, but i would like my tank to have all livestock from south american rivers. so, do the ottos and glass shrimp fit that category?
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the ottos for sure do, but Im not 100% on the ghost shrimp...
well I just looked it up and no, ghost shrimp are native to the waters around Alaska and California...
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As long as you are maintaining good water quality with proper water changes and such then several hundred in a 55 gallon tank would be a spectacular display, and it would afford you an opportunity to see behavior that you don't ordinarily see with just a dozen or so fish. Bill
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I would go with between 50-60 neons mysef. A picture is definately a must when you get them all in there.
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I'm working on it now, I Just did a water change last night and i think i'm going to bring in 5 more cory habrosus and 12 neon jumbos.. I'm working on photos for you guys, but i don't know how to use the camera that well, and it all just ends up a blur


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Turn all the lights off around your tank so that all you have on is the tank lights and try to use a tripod or a steady surface, I take a lot of pics with a flash and without and see which ones I like better. The more you take the better you get.
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That's really neat. That's going to be a pretty expensive stocking list though. haha. also, hopefully no diseases get introduced. I'd hate to see 50 neons floating at the top.
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I used to breed my own neon tetras and would stock 55 gallon tanks with one thousand each till they went to the stores. Bill
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