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Seeking advice on stocking a tank

Normally, I would stock a tank slowly, just to be safe. However, it is hard to find cardinal tetras around my area, and the closest place is an hour away, and I would like to avoid driving there a whole bunch of times. Just how bad is it to stock a lot of fish all at once? I am speaking of a 55 gallon tank that will be pretty heavily planted (a lot of it will be foreground plants though). The fish in question are mostly cardinals; I plan on putting about 15 in there.

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15 cardinals in a 55g is nothing. Feel safe adding that many to that much water. The only thing with tetras is their sensitivity. I'd ask what their pH and KH are at purchase, and then acclimate them verrrrry slowly if yours is off my much.

They're beautiful fish. I'd love to keep them but my water is sooo very hard that I've never tried it. Best of luck to ya!

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My water is pretty hard too, around 8.0. My plan is this: a very very thin layer of peat in the bottom of the substrate, then running the tank with no fish in it for about a week or so with a bag of peat hanging in it off the side. I figure with pressurized CO2, the pH should drop enough. I still need to do some research on the kH and gH, but I think it should be ok. Definitely will be a long drip acclimation for those cardinals though.

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Cardinals are pricey so I would want to make sure your tank is nice and stable before spending the money if you are concerned about that aspect. If you are doing CO2 get that up and going, get your pH settled etc. Then add fish to a nice and stable tank.

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Definitely will do that, I just wanted to limit the number of trips to the store I had to take.

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With all the construction in Lansing (I'm assuming you're going to Preuss Pets?) and on US23 there is also Moby Dick Pets on Sashabaw, just south of 75 in Clarkston. I haven't been there myself, but I've heard good things about the store.

Of course, it might not be closer, but if you're ever in that area.

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Yeah, I was thinking Preuss. Last time I was in Lansing, I was no more than 5 blocks away from the place, but it took me 20 minutes to figure out which road was open to old town. Thanks for the heads up!

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yep, as long as your tank is stable and with a pretty good plant bio-mass, 15 cards won't affect the total bioload much, unless they're the big 2"+ adults I've seen

I agree with everyone that acclimating them very slowly (and I mean 2-4 hours) is very important. If you can, you can also play safe and set them up in a quarantine tank (a cycled 10g would do) for 2-4 weeks -- this way you won't ever have to worry about the cards possibly carrying diseases and infecting the others in the 55.

Good luck! I'm sure you'll do fine

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