Community tank stocking procedures Q
I have a 15 gallon tall tank, that just finished cycling. I put 3 panda tetras in there last night (they've been hanging out in my 5 gallon shrimp tank waiting for their tank to finish cycling, for a few weeks). The awesome fish store I purchased them at is over an hour away. Because this tank is going to also have 3 female Bettas (sisters who have lived together since birth, who've been hanging out together in a bowl for a few weeks as well), I had to find something without flowing fins & a lot of color, to keep the likelihood of fin nipping and aggression to a minimum between the species. The store suggested I start with 3 pandas and then add the bettas a day later. Then I could come back and get 2-4 more panda tetras if everything was okay.
I assume they suggested this in case the Bettas were too aggressive with the tetras, which makes sense. My concern is that if I add the 2nd batch of tetras later, I will have messed up the "add Bettas last so they will have to establish territory around the fish that were there first" thing... Is that a problem? I really do want to end up with at least a half dozen tetras as small numbers just lead to them hiding all the time...which is pretty boring! I can't really run to the store on a whim since it's such a long drive though, and I really want to get the Bettas out of that tiny bowl...
Advice? I'm guessing it's just "try it and hope for the best," but I wondered if anyone else had insight... thanks!
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Last edited by Cinnamonamon; 05-06-2019 at 07:01 PM.
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