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Old 11-11-2012, 01:51 PM   #1
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Questions, questions, questions...

I've read a lot of guides, but I'd like to get answers to my specific question, if possible.

Startup:
I'm farly clear on cycling, so let's skip that part.

1. I have a 15 gallon long. I want to get a school of tetras and some other fish, but the guide says that to have a single school I need a 20 long; I want to have a school of tetras and more. Is it possible?
2. Planted vs. Unplanted. Is there a difference, or is it just aesthetics?
3. If I get the aquarium running, will I have to put my hand in at all to pick things up and whatnot?

Getting Fish:

1. As I mentioned, I want tetras. What goes well with them?
2. Will I need an entirely different tank for quarantine? Or will a simple 5 gallon work for a single fish?

I'm pretty clear on maintenance. Any other tips to help a newbie?
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Old 11-11-2012, 04:09 PM   #2
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I've read a lot of guides, but I'd like to get answers to my specific question, if possible.

Startup:
I'm farly clear on cycling, so let's skip that part.

1. I have a 15 gallon long. I want to get a school of tetras and some other fish, but the guide says that to have a single school I need a 20 long; I want to have a school of tetras and more. Is it possible?
2. Planted vs. Unplanted. Is there a difference, or is it just aesthetics?
3. If I get the aquarium running, will I have to put my hand in at all to pick things up and whatnot?

Getting Fish:

1. As I mentioned, I want tetras. What goes well with them?
2. Will I need an entirely different tank for quarantine? Or will a simple 5 gallon work for a single fish?

I'm pretty clear on maintenance. Any other tips to help a newbie?
I'm not going to advise on stocking but as far as having to stick your hand in, I'd say most likely you're going to have to at some point for something. I know I do it quite frequently. My tanks have a mixture of silk & real plants, mostly its personal preference. Do you want to take care of real plants by pruning & adding ferts? As for the QT tank, I have a 10g I keep for that purpose. Get a syphon vac or a water changer such as the Python (which I prefer).
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:05 PM   #3
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So, real plants don't significantly improve their quality of life? In that case I'll probably go with silk.
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:18 PM   #4
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I've read a lot of guides, but I'd like to get answers to my specific question, if possible.

Startup:
I'm farly clear on cycling, so let's skip that part.

1. I have a 15 gallon long. I want to get a school of tetras and some other fish, but the guide says that to have a single school I need a 20 long; I want to have a school of tetras and more. Is it possible?

What tetras are you looking to get?
The best I can see is Neon / Cardinal Tetras. Other tetras get too large and are too active for a 15gal.

2. Planted vs. Unplanted. Is there a difference, or is it just aesthetics?

Planted all the way ... no question! It not only makes a visual difference, but they do wonders for maintaining stable water parameters. Plants consume Ammonia and Nitrates.

3. If I get the aquarium running, will I have to put my hand in at all to pick things up and whatnot?

Yes ... goes with the territory. No worries, just rinse your hands with tap, dry and your good to go ... this is assuming your hands were fairly clean to begin with. No grease, oils excessive dirt etc.

Getting Fish:

1. As I mentioned, I want tetras. What goes well with them?

Neons / Cardinals in a 15gal's probably your best bet.

2. Will I need an entirely different tank for quarantine? Or will a simple 5 gallon work for a single fish?

A 5gal QT will do fine ... you can even get a simple rubbermaid bin. In the beginning your tank also serves as your QT. I'd say after a month of having an established cycled tank, you want to start QT'ing new stock.

I'm pretty clear on maintenance. Any other tips to help a newbie?
ASK ASK ASK ... And when your not sure ... ASK again!

See above for my responses.
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I agree with being in the tank. We are constantly in our tanks, rearranging stuff. I also tend to pick my daughter's betta up by hand to move him (he has made 3 tank changes since we moved in June, he keeps getting upgraded). Just comes with the territory of having a fish tank.
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Thanks guys. I'll try my hand at planted and I think you've covered just about everything else. My main question has to do with variety; I will probably get some neons but want different kinds of fish. Assuming I get a school of six tetras, can anything else go in the tank? I was thinking maybe some angelfish?
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A honey gourami would be a nice addition to that size tank. Angelfish need at least 30 gallons for one.
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Thanks guys. I'll try my hand at planted and I think you've covered just about everything else. My main question has to do with variety; I will probably get some neons but want different kinds of fish. Assuming I get a school of six tetras, can anything else go in the tank? I was thinking maybe some angelfish?
With sub 20gal tanks, you may want to look at nano fish like COD's, scarlet basis or chilli rasboras. All are peaceful and any would go well with neon or cardinal tetras.
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If you plan on upgrading, you can give a hand at angelfish, but you would need to be upgrading fairly quickly. We got two angels at the size of a quarter in July/August and our remaining guy is now fairly large, so they grow pretty quickly.

A gourami could be a nice addition, or if you wanted to try your hand at it, one or two African Dwarf Frogs. They're small (about 2") and peaceful. Or a school of small cories. Just plan on adjusting your filtration as needed.
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Thanks guys. I'll try my hand at planted and I think you've covered just about everything else. My main question has to do with variety; I will probably get some neons but want different kinds of fish. Assuming I get a school of six tetras, can anything else go in the tank?
Instead of neons, why don't you do ember tetras, CPDs, or chili rasboras? You could do ten of them then do maybe some scarlet badis
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