Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 09-20-2008, 10:11 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 298
Number of Neons

I have a live bearer community tank set up in a 21 US gallon tank: I have a trio of guppies and a trio of platties (both trios are 1M & 2F). I also have several guppy fry hiding in my plants.

I have a high PH--somewhere around 7.8, with the possibility of 8.0.

I am sorely tempted by a neon tetra sale at my LFS, and I want to give them a shot as my last non-algae eater fish. I would think 6 is a good number, but I'm tempted to get 10. Is this foolhardy, given my PH and existing fish population?

Does this risk instantly overstocking my tank? The bioload of neons is slight, but it does double my population of adults.

All help is appreciated as always, and given that the sale is now, I would greatly appreciate help as soon as is possible.

__________________
Johnny Tuttle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2008, 10:49 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Lager's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: New York, NY
Posts: 445
I think that would be fine. They will help control the guppy population too.
__________________
Lager is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2008, 11:23 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 298
Thanks very much--you think 10 would be ok, Lager?
__________________
Johnny Tuttle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2008, 11:50 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Lager's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: New York, NY
Posts: 445
Ten will be fine. Chances are good it be 8 quickly any way.
__________________
Lager is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2008, 12:36 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 6,067
I think 6 would be a good number, thats what I have in my tank and they school very nicely. I wouldn't count on them controlling your guppy/platy population however. I hardly see mine eating any guppy fry. In fact, I have only seen the biggest one nip at one of the fry and then left it alone. My diamond tetras on the other hand make quick work of any fry.

I agree with Lager, I had purchased 8 total and within 24hrs the two smallest/pale looking ones had died. If you can find some of the larger neons they seem to be a little more hardy. All of mine are right around the 1-1.5" mark and have brilliant colors. Good luck!
__________________
meegosh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2008, 09:30 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 572
so what did you end up doing?
__________________
Musket is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2008, 05:56 AM   #7
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 298
I got 10.

So my tank is nearly fully stocked: 10 neons, three guppies, three platties, and some guppy fry.

I am likely to get two otos to deal with the ever increasing algae problem, and that will be my upper limit.

I think I can tolerate or handle 3-4 more adult guppies out of the fry, but I'll soon have to give/sell the rest.
__________________
Johnny Tuttle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2008, 08:38 AM   #8
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 572
ottos are cool little dudes.

Many say they like groups. Mine however is a loner. The mates I've gotten him/her have always disappeared. Lots of plants and places to snuggle in this tank, so if it was a terratory thing, mine is just greedy. hehe.. I've had him at least 2 years probably longer.

Enjoy the new members of your community! Let us know how it works out.

ps, what color are your guppies? I may be interested in some of the fry....
__________________
Musket is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2008, 11:07 AM   #9
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 298
How would we ever manage the hand off?

My male is a yellow/blue--I think I've seen jaguar in the name for this variant online. My two girls are greyish brown with blue-streaked tails. The fry are five days old--they're just gaining some real size now. I had had 7, but I can only see 5 at a time now.

The female must have been pregnant when I bought her. The 28-day gestation period exceeds the time they guppies have been in the tank.
__________________
Johnny Tuttle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2008, 05:58 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
mike47517's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Loganville, Georgia
Posts: 2,348
Thats good but i wouldnt put much more fish in there. Get some java moss that will help your fry survive.
__________________
mike47517 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
neon, neons

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
A number of questions Lemonsong Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 6 03-25-2006 08:16 PM
black neons and reg neons Newbneedshelp Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 2 09-25-2004 09:47 AM







» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:14 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.