90 Gallon tank is almost ready for fish

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I been setting up my old 90 gallon tank and I am curious as to what type of fish I can start with and how many?

I plan to keep...

Cory's
Tetra
Glass Cats
Freshwater Pom Pom Crabs
Vampire Shrimp
Ghost Shrimp
Amano Shrimp
Celestial Danio
 
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JettsPapa said:
I'd start with a school of tetras. What species are you considering?
Green Tetra
Neons
Cardinal

I recently found out about green tetra and I really really like them
 
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myriad1973 said:
I’m not familiar with Green Tetras.... you mean Green Fire Tetras or something different?
 

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Tambo79 said:
My bad I didn’t know there was a difference. Haha
Yeah.... there are different tetras with "green" in the name.

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How many is safe to get to start in the tank?
That would depend on how you plan on cycling your tank or if you'll be using plants.
 
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myriad1973 said:
Yeah.... there are different tetras with "green" in the name.



That would depend on how you plan on cycling your tank or if you'll be using plants.
No plants.
Black Sand from Petco.
Other than filling the tank and running the filter with water conditioner...
 

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In terms of hardiness, I'm not sure with green neon tetras since I've never kept them. To my knowledge, cardinal tetras would be too sensitive to cycle the tank with (not to mention expensive if there is fish loss).... regular neons could possibly handle it, but are prone to ich.

With that said, I'm not a big fan of fish-in cycling.... I did it that way when I was in the hobby before, but due to the work involved, it can create too much stress for yourself and the fish.
 
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myriad1973 said:
In terms of hardiness, I'm not sure with green neon tetras since I've never kept them. To my knowledge, cardinal tetras would be too sensitive to cycle the tank with (not to mention expensive if there is fish loss).... regular neons could possibly handle it, but are prone to ich.

With that said, I'm not a big fan of fish-in cycling.... I did it that way when I was in the hobby before, but due to the work involved, it can create too much stress for yourself and the fish.

So what would you suggest I do?
 

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Ultimately it’s your decision, but you have some choices:

If you do fish-in cycling, be prepared for lots of work, like testing the water regularly and doing lots of water changes. Adding something like TSS to jump start the cycle will help.

If you do fishless cycling with ammonia or decaying meat, that will take the longest, but you can add fish later once it’s cycled.

If you go with a planted tank, that will help a lot with cycling the tank the fastest because they will absorb the waste from the fish, as long as you have proper lighting for the plants you get.

With such a large tank, you could get say 12-20 of a particular species of tetra to start and go from there.
 

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