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Old 03-05-2012, 12:44 AM   #21
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Yes that's the ones she bought.

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Yes that's the ones she bought.

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Ok They are genetically modified white skirt tetras. The same as black skirt tetras but white. You can keep any of the three together and they will school. They need at least 6 of their own kind to feel comfortable. They are known for being nippy with each other and other fish especially if their school is too small. I would advise 6-8 in your tank without tank mates. Ideally they need a 20-30g tank minimum. They can get rather large for a tetra. I have 8 in my planted 70g tank and they do well with the plants. After a trim they don't go near the surface as much because they don't feel confident with the open space. They normally hang around the middle of the tank and are piggies when it comes to food. Be careful not to over feed them. I have seen them swim off with whole shrimp pellets and eat them whole. Lol.
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T5 120v 8w halogen bulb. Came with the tank.
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T5 120v 8w halogen bulb. Came with the tank.
Does it have a 'K' rating or anything like 'daylight' written on it? To grow plants you need a Kelvin rating of 5000-10000k 6500K being ideal. You should be able to grow low light plants quite easily with a light like that.
Java fern
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Duck weed
Hygro
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Tiger lotus
Just to name a few.
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No k rating on the bulb. What I wrote is all that's on the bulb, minus made in China. Plus during the day the tank gets sunlight through the window. It's not direct but it lights the room up pretty well during the day.

I'll do a little research on the plants. They don't have a lot at the LFS. The store tends to do more salt water business than fresh.
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No k rating on the bulb. What I wrote is all that's on the bulb, minus made in China.
Mmmm, you could start out with a couple of plants and see how they go with the light or you could buy a new bulb that you know will grow them. If you want any more light hungry plants you will need to upgrade the lighting to something stronger and probably 2 bulbs. With more light comes more demand for fertilizers and co2 though.
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No k rating on the bulb. What I wrote is all that's on the bulb, minus made in China. Plus during the day the tank gets sunlight through the window. It's not direct but it lights the room up pretty well during the day.

I'll do a little research on the plants. They don't have a lot at the LFS. The store tends to do more salt water business than fresh.
Try looking online for plants. I get mine from people on eBay Australia but there are heaps of sites in the US (I'm assuming your there lol).
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Awesome, main thing is I want then to feel secure and maintain a stable environment. Didn't know if real or fake would be best and exactly what all is needed. In reading I've seen people just raise the plants and others use them to help maintain tanks. Yes I'm in the US.

I appreciate the info. Lol I'll probably be back tomorrow. Plan on moving the tetras to the new tank if everything checks good.

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Real or fake. I don't think the fish will mind too much. real definitely will help with water quality if there are enough.

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Didn't know if real or fake would be best and exactly what all is needed.
In my experience thus far, fake plants in smaller tanks are more trouble than their worth if kept for too long. They work great as a temperary solution to offer comfort to the fish while your real plants are being added. But, remove them as you can because they require lots of cleaning, especially if you get the type with the "needle-like" leaves. I hate those! They collect anything and everything that may be passing by on it's way to the filter intake. They require a lot of cleaning. The types with the flat leaves are much better, and silk are even better than the plastic giving a more realistic look and softer to avoid injury to your fish.

As Mumma said, your Skirt Tetras will become very nippy unless they are in a larger shoal. 6 is bare minimum and 8 is great. I have kept these guys and love them. Cute little fish.

BTW, I am so glad you were able to find a home tonight for your fish!!!! That is terrific news!
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