12 gallon stocking recommendation

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by raptorsvt79, Dec 28, 2009.

  1. raptorsvt79Well Known MemberMember

    I'm thinking of stocking a new 12 gallon fish tank, with as many fish as possible, of course small fish....but would like to hear of stocking ideas from you...i know its not that big....but would like to hear suggestions....plz

  2. bettafish2816Fishlore VIPMember

  3. soccermattValued MemberMember

    If your tank is completely cycled and stable, i would add a school of 8-10 tetra's (probably neons), but add 4 then 5 or something like that.
    Also harlequin rasboras and cherry barbs are small cool fish that you could add in a school.

  4. raptorsvt79Well Known MemberMember

    how about six black neon tetras and two small cories or two platys?
  5. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

  6. raptorsvt79Well Known MemberMember

    yeah, but besides shrimp
  7. JayseeFishlore LegendMember


    How about a honey gourami and 8 neons or 6 cherry barbs....and several ghost shrimp :)
  8. roobNew MemberMember

    How about 3 venezuela cories (dark) and 7 neon tetra (bright)?

    I think the contrast of colours would be stunning.
  9. raptorsvt79Well Known MemberMember

    ive been reading about the tetra's and i've heard there really sensitive...is that true....i was thinking maybe black neons and albino corys
  10. bettafish2816Fishlore VIPMember

    tetras can be sensitive to water conditions, so it's usually best to add them to an established tank, so make sure you fully cycle your tank first and add fish slowly so that the added bioload doesn't send your tank into a mini-cycle
  11. raptorsvt79Well Known MemberMember

    i was thinking of harlequin rasboras and albino cory's...how many of each could i get?
  12. raptorsvt79Well Known MemberMember

  13. roobNew MemberMember

    I would say a combination of 6 harlequin rasboras and 3 of the albino corys would be good. you could maybe up the harlequins by one or two or the corys by one, because they wont be competing for swim space or food, make sure you have somewhere for the corys to hide, because they are nocturnal mine seemed to get really stressed out during the day untill I propped up a stone in the tank with space underneath so they have somewhere dark to rest when they need. When I got mine I was a bit nervous that they were going to be boring and only come out at night when I wasnt watching, but it turns out that they seem to sleep at midnight, and mid day, and come out in the morning and the evening.

    I cant really speak for the harlequins but I love my corys.

  14. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    Minimum tank and school sizes for corys varies greatly, depending on who you ask. IMO, corys need at least a 30 inch long tank, and a 12 gallon is just way to small. They also need at least 6 of the same kind in the school.

    I've kept corys in a 10 gallon. I've kept a group of only 3. I've mixed schools. And I'll never do any of those things again.
  15. raptorsvt79Well Known MemberMember

    6 herlaquin rasboras and three ablino cory's sound nice, but woulnd't it be too much for the bioload to handle?
  16. MeenuFishlore VIPMember

    Have you considered otos? They stay very small and help with algae control. You could have 3-4 of them and 5-6 rasboras.

    Jaysee, if raptor gets pygmy cories, do they also need a longer tank, or would they be okay?
  17. raptorsvt79Well Known MemberMember

    how big do the rasboras get, i've heard 2 inch and in some placed 1 1/2 inches?

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