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Help stocking Evolve 8 planted tank?

I have an Evolve 8 (actually holds about 6.5 g. total) that is lightly/moderately planted with Ecocomplete, Malaysian drift wood and a rock.

I have 1 Beta, 1 small Otocinclus catfish and one Celestial Pear Danio. How many Cardinal tetras, neon tetras, or Neon Danios can I add to this tank without overstocking it?

Any other suggestions for other cool fish or stocking ideas for this tank?
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im not sure about the filter on the evolve 8.
with that said neons, cardinals, and neon danios (zebra danios) are shoaling fish, and
should be in a school of about 6 or more. i think the zebra danio would be too large for
the evolve 8. but you could get away with a school of neons or cardinals. you may also
want to consider ember tetra. also going to depend on how aggressive your betta is. i
have my betta with neons and embers, the most he does is give them a small chase from
time to time.


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The filter is an aqueon filter that has a mesh with charcoal built into that resides in a back overflow compartment.

If I went with neons or cardinals, how many could I add with 1 Betta and 1 small Otocinclus catfish without exceeding my bioload limits since the tank is only about 6.5 g. of actual water?

Adding 6 more fish sound like too much to me but I'm more used to saltwater bioloads which are much lower.

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im not sure about the filter on the evolve 8.
with that said neons, cardinals, and neon danios (zebra danios) are shoaling fish, and
should be in a school of about 6 or more. i think the zebra danio would be too large for
the evolve 8. but you could get away with a school of neons or cardinals. you may also
want to consider ember tetra. also going to depend on how aggressive your betta is. i
have my betta with neons and embers, the most he does is give them a small chase from
time to time.
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Why not add several more CDP? Or you could look at chili rasboras as well.


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My son has kinda taken over this tank. He does not want CPDs (also, they are hard to find here and a little more expensive).

I like the look of the chili rasporas. I've read they do better in a species only tank. Think they'd be OK with the Beta. The Beta seems docile. He does not hassle the CPD at all; although he ate two Japenese Algae shrimp on day one. My last Beta never hassled any shrimp.

If I gave away the CPD but kept the Beta and small Otocinclus catfish, how many of the following could I add (I'd only go with one type but I'm just trying to get a sense of how many for the bioload for each fish)......

....Cardinal tetras
.....neon tetras
.....Neon Danios

Also, some posters online said Cardinal Tetras needed "discus" conditions. Currently, I just declorinate my tap water. Would the cardinals likely be OK?
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you can get a away with 6 tetras, other would say your pushing it. if you stay up on
weekly water changes and add more plants, i think you'll be fine.


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you can get a away with 6 tetras, other would say your pushing it. if you stay up on
weekly water changes and add more plants, i think you'll be fine.
Do you mean in addition to the Betta and Otocinclus catfish?

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