Fish Cycling

SoldSpartan

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So is adding 10 neon tetra to a 20 gallon tank to much to use for cycling?
 

nikm128

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I would say no because they have a really small bio load. Are you familiar with the process and extra care needed with a “fish-in” cycle?
 

kcopper

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Neon tetras are notoriously delicate fish. You will likely lose a lot of them but it’s really up to you. Stick with some livebearers or other hardy fish.
 

nikm128

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True, but if done correctly a fish in cycle will be almost harmless
 
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SoldSpartan

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Looks like I am going to put all three of the neon tetras I've got back in the 20 gallon tank from the probably to small 5.5 gallon tank.
 

Elkwatcher

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kcopper said:
Neon tetras are notoriously delicate fish. You will likely lose a lot of them but it’s really up to you. Stick with some livebearers or other hardy fish.
I agree, Danio's would be better.. hardier.
 
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SoldSpartan

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Don't Neon Tetras do better in a 20 gallon tank over a 5.5 gallon one? Even if it is still cycling.
 

Elkwatcher

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SoldSpartan said:
Don't Neon Tetras do better in a 20 gallon tank over a 5.5 gallon one? Even if it is still cycling.
I also find them delicate regardless of tank size.
 

nikm128

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Yes, bigger is always better for the fish. Are you familiar with how to properly cycle a tank with fish though? If not I would wait to move them over
 
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SoldSpartan

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nikm128 said:
Yes, bigger is always better for the fish. Are you familiar with how to properly cycle a tank with fish though? If not I would wait to move them over
I know I should measure the ammonia and nitrite twice a day, and change out the tank water accordingly.
 
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SoldSpartan

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Did it again
 

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