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How many neons....

In a very heavily planted 7.5 gallon nano tank, how many neon tetras do you think would be a safe number?

Only other inhabitants are various types of snails and a community of Red Cherry Shrimp whom are breeding regularly.

I have had two neons for the past 6 months. And was thinking about adding a few more to fill out their mini school. I change the water regularly, but still don't want to have too many fish that the water quality is constantly in jeopardy or fluctuating.

If not a few more neons? Anyone have any other interesting tank mate ideas?

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0. They are too active and need at least a 15g.
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Neons need to be in schools of 6 at least.


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Okay, let's be honest here...neons are essentially the smallest fish you can find at any fish store. And seeing as I don't want to spend $50 to order specialty rare fish online, a few neons are the most practical option. Also since the tank is very heavily planted and receives frequent water changes, I do not think a few neons and cherry shrimp would be considered overstocked.


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Don't lie to us now neons are not the smallest you can find at the lfs. I was at the lfs few weeks back they have galaxy rasboras. I've had neons in a 5.5g 10g 30g didn't see any difference


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Galaxy Rasboras, or Celestial Pearl Danios, are not a common find at a LFS. Maybe you have a specialty LFS store, or you got lucky. But 90% of local fish stores don't have anything smaller than neons. I wish I could find a store that stocked any sort of micro rasbora or even embers, but I've never seen one other than online.

And you had neons in a 5.5 gallon. Exactly my point. It's not out of line to have neons in a nano.


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How about some Endlers?
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Imo, it is. They are too active and need more space. Options for that are chili rasboras, CPDs, and ember tetras.
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I would also say 5-6. With a strong filter you can give them enough current to swim against and work the energy off . The shape of the tank also makes the tank suitable or not.

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Next time you go to the lfs ask them what is the smallest fish they have or can get for you.


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Next time you go to the lfs ask them what is the smallest fish they have or can get for you.
Point being....? Neons are only 1-1.5 inches, but they are active. You need to take that into account. Not just size.
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He already has 3 neons why not get more. The way I look at it is if the lfs don't sell them they will probably be dead soon anyway plus he could always get a bigger tank later on,


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Embers and neons are very close to each other in size and activity level.
I think it can be done in a smaller tank but I enjoy watching them in my 15 and 20 gallon.
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Next time you go to the lfs ask them what is the smallest fish they have or can get for you.
There is a huge difference between what is already there and what is available to order..
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