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Old 12-18-2022, 08:41 PM   #1
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Hello. I have a 75 gallon with 1 pink gourami, 5 corys, 1 neon pink tetra, and 1 spotted pleco. They are all ďadoptedĒ.. I got the pleco a little under 2 years ago from someone who was going to ďset him freeĒ in a pond, in the winter, when he was only 3 inches long. The rest came from a dentist that was going to dump his fish in a parking lot and sell his aquarium. Itís a weird mix for sure and itís not the fish I would choose but itís the fish that have. They all have their parts of the tank they hang out in and live pretty harmoniously oddly enough. But I will be moving from an apt to a house next summer and then the pleco will have his own indoor pond so he can have room to grow into the big monster he will certainly become . Iím here to continue learning about proper aquarium and fish care. Iíve been lucky enough to have a stable tank, no injuries, and no illnesses in 6 years but Iím here to be prepared for when something does happen.

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Old 12-19-2022, 07:12 AM   #2
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Hi and welcome to the forum

Good on you for learning about the bad things before they happen

Virtually all tetras do best in groups of 10 or more. Your tank is big enough for some more tetras if you want to keep it. Otherwise see if the local pet shop wants it. The fish stress when on their own and it's not good for it mentally being alone.
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Old 12-19-2022, 12:06 PM   #3
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Absolutely being in a school would be optimal but unfortunately the only ďpet storeĒ within an hour is is lacking in cleanliness and education and Iíve tried for years to find someone with a group of his kind. He does not behave stressed in any way.. He oddly enough is a super chill fish and ďschoolsĒ with the pink gourami. Theyíve been buddies for 6 years. Yes, itís weird but he swims calmly and casually with the pink kisser and will swim casually off on his own to meander about in the neon section of the aquarium on occasion. If the pet store wasnít such a horrific place or I knew or could find someone with a group, Iíd certainly let him go but that has not been the case so far. Iíve had multiple posts for this neon pink flat boy but nobody anywhere near me has ever responded. Id happily rehome him to someone who was responsible but I wonít allow him to go to the fish stores locally. They have young teens working and running the stores that do not care for the fish and the aquariums are always filthy. So for now this is his safe place. Also Iím not confident that my aquarium could handle an additional 9 of these tetrasÖmaybe if they were the tiny tetras but heís one of the round flat ones. The aquarium has a peaceful co-existence right now so Iíd be nervous about adding so many more fish at least until the move when the plexiglass has his own (indoor) pond.
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