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Old 01-13-2017, 04:34 PM   #1
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Stocking my 11g Tank

Hello All,

i am trying to figure out the stock on my 11g tank, this time i want to ask before tossing 3 koi fish into the hurt bowl.

i a planning on doing schooling fish, i really like neon tetras and harlequin rasboras, also cory catfish, in my current setup i am doing sand and plants for the first time, ive also added some driftwood and i am planning on spreading those plants to provide visual barriers and hiding places should any fish need such a thing.

i know that neon tetras are not "high bioload" fish, but what do you think, shoud i stick to just one type in order to make a bigger school? or can i fit two small schools of rasboras and neons in there?
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I think it would be fine for 5 neons or ember tetras and 5 pygmy corydora.
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5 neons and 5 harlequins should be ok. but the more of one type you get the more natural behavior and the happier the individual fish will be. I saw marked improvement when i bumped my 5 neons to 10 in my 20 gallon. and then saw tighter schooling when i bumped that number up to fifteen.
the bare minimum experienced neon owners will suggest is about 8.

I do agree with the above poster that five should be fine with 5 ember tetras or 5 pygmy corys or 5 harlequins. but all of these are social fish with 5 being a bare minimum. all of these species in particular will benefit more from having larger schools.
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Thanks for the advice guys, I ended up getting 10 Espei rasboras and 5 panda corys, they all seem pretty happy so far, my LFS owner recommended the same as you did so I think he is cool, he also sold me some flake food which is the same as he gave em but the corys seem to take a long time to finally come around to eating the sinking flakes, I'm wondering if I should get them some sinking food.
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