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Old 08-02-2006, 11:04 AM   #11
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*imagines 10 times current tank*.........crap
What surprises me is the store had about 15 of them (all quite small) in what i would estimate as a 40g tank with a few other fish.
i wonder about that too and my girlfriend used to ask me why we can't get more fish if the store tanks are that stocked. being relatively new to the hobby, i would guess that stores keep their tanks massively overstocked because the fish aren't in their for long. they sell them pretty fast. but still, after travelling from their respective homes in larger bodies of water, it can't be good for them.
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Old 08-02-2006, 11:14 AM   #12
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Doesnt your tank have a heater phreeky?
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Old 08-02-2006, 11:15 AM   #13
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Doesnt your tank have a heater phreeky?
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Old 08-02-2006, 11:20 AM   #14
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*imagines 10 times current tank*.........crap

Maybe managable but i don't think so, a quick calculation makes me think 30 gallon would be my limit.

Can't believe the store didn't warn me, they knew the tank size. 6 inches in length makes for a much larger fish than i was expecting, obviously only little babies at the moment (2 inches long). What surprises me is the store had about 15 of them (all quite small) in what i would estimate as a 40g tank with a few other fish.

Don't think I'll be trusting the stores for fish selection anymore.
With a 30 you can let them all 4 grow up together, when they reach sexual maturity at about 4 inches or so, you can keep the two that pair off and return the other two to your LFS for credit. The odds are good that with 4 you will get a pair.

The LFS stocks heavily because they move a lot of fish. It is not designed as a permanent home.

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Old 08-02-2006, 01:56 PM   #15
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That way I wouldn't mind the idea of putting the angels in the bigger tank (with something else), and putting a couple more glass cats and some neon tetras or similar in the smaller tank.

I do not think that neon tetras and angles mix. I have been told that angles will eat neons.
Someone correct me if I am wrong.

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You are correct adult angels can and will eat neons.
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Get the biggest tank you can afford. It will be much better than the tank they are in now. I'd upgrade as soon as you can. Angels grow pretty fast. My first angel was about 4 inches tall and about 3 inches long when I first got her 8 or 9 months ago and now she is 7 inches tall and about 6 inches long....huge! They grow pretty fast, especially when they are small. If you leave them in the 5.5g tank too long it will stunt them and they could die an early death.

Glass cats are schooling, so you'll need more than a couple more to make them happy. A group of 6 or more is best. Get a 30g if thats the biggest you can afford....if you can manage a 40g, thats even better. Wait until the angels form a pair, keep that pair and return the other two. A 30g isn't a good forever home for 4 angels....the most I'd keep in there is 2.

Neons are the angels prey in the wild, so if the angels are good size and you add small neons, they may end up as snacks. Most people who keep angels and neons together successfully, put the neons in the tank first.

Get the new tank and then worry about what to add to it. Oh and don't listen to the advice from the LFS anymore.
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you may have overlooked glass cat size as well, they get 6-7" long, dont take it for granted that a lfs will buy your fish off you for store credit as well

i never unstood why anyone would get a tank smaller than 10g when a 10g tank itself only cost $8.99
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i never unstood why anyone would get a tank smaller than 10g when a 10g tank itself only cost $8.99
agree, this past weekend my girlfriend and i put togther a 10 gal for the same price as a pre-packaged 5 gal.
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are tanks alot cheaper in the U.S. becase here it cost over 15 dollars to get a 2.5gal tank without a canopy or filter, heater. I am going to have a look next time i am in michigan
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