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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-11-2009, 06:55 AM Thread Starter
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How many Neons?

Im planting my 60 gallon at the moment and for fish I have a plan of getting all neon tetras and then getting two full grown discus. I was wondering what everyone thinks would be a good number of neons since they will be the most active fish. My filtraion is for a 100gallon tank with a UV so filtration is no problem
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Is it good filtration for a 100g? A filter that says 100g is just barely appropriate for a 60g tank...at least for the purposes of most people here.

As for your question, I would go with 30. Introduce them in batches of 10 so as to not overwhelm your tank biology.

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i would do a heavily planted with 40 to 50
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Is it good filtration for a 100g? A filter that says 100g is just barely appropriate for a 60g tank...at least for the purposes of most people here.

As for your question, I would go with 30. Introduce them in batches of 10 so as to not overwhelm your tank biology.
I know how it normaly works but this one seems pretty true. My friends has the same filter and had it on a 75 with a breeding pair of oscars and a couple other large fish and water was was perfect every time. So as i said filtration is no problem. I was already using the batches of 10 idea, I have ten in right now
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You could do more than 30, but I would stop there and introduce the discus before adding more. Neons are not exactly messy, but you may have reached the point where more wouldn't look better.

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You could do more than 30, but I would stop there and introduce the discus before adding more. Neons are not exactly messy, but you may have reached the point where more wouldn't look better.
Ya i know what you mean. Dont want it to busy to where you cant consintrate on anything else
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I'd recommend Cardinals instead of Neons for a discus tank. Cardinals will handle the high temps much better than Neons, which are found in cooler waters.

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Cardinals and Discus go very well together as they both have the exact same habitat needs. Neons prefer much cooler water than the discus requires.
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Also, are the discus a pair? If you have only two discus, the dominant fish will pick on the other one until it has health problems. Getting more diffuses the aggression.

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Also, are the discus a pair? If you have only two discus, the dominant fish will pick on the other one until it has health problems. Getting more diffuses the aggression.
I have found that not to be a problem with full grown discus compared to little guys where i have had problems
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I know the thought is to keep cardinals w. discus. But I too have had great success with neons. I keep my water right at 81-82 degrees, which might be a little low for discuss, but seems to be a good temp for all the plants, neons, and discuss. Plants would probably like the temp a little lower.

Anyway, I have only lost 2 of the neons from a batch of 25 I put in back in Feb in a 46 gallon. That is with 4 adult and 1 stunted discuss. I originally had just 2 discuss, and they would fight all the time so I got some more. Then I discovered that I had too much stock and was cleaning my canister- eheim 2236- way more than everybody else had too.

Now I have a 75 gallon and added a 2217, and guess what? I want more neons.

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