New Neon Tetras! Is This Enough Tetras?

Vortexed

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Hiiiiii!

So a week ago I put my fish from my 5 gallon tank to my 20 gallon. Now I got some new fish! I got 5 neon tetras. Is this enough tetras for them to live happy and healthy? Heres a pic. It was hard to get a good picture because these little guys are so fast and active! (I put them in around 5 minutes ago). I'm also glad my pictus doesn't want to chase or eat them, not to mention they don't fit in his mouth either.

Fun fact: These cute little guys love to play around where my filter puts all the water back because of the flow.

Fun fact #2: My fish are very curious about this new addition. They like to stare at the tetras and play around with them. Su coot <3

NeonTetras.jpg

Why I got them:

I heard so much about these guys and how they would pop out with my black gravel and how they are active. They are also very colorful! They fit all my wants in a fish.

Thanks for the suggestions dcutl002, Mike the fish keeper, Xbox62, and Dcchillin!
 

Al913

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What is the full stocking list? Or is it just 5 neons?

For schooling fish you want to have at least 6, however depending on the stock you could definitely do more! Is this a 20 high or 20 long?
 
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Vortexed

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Al913 said:
What is the full stocking list? Or is it just 5 neons?

For schooling fish you want to have at least 6, however depending on the stock you could definitely do more! Is this a 20 high or 20 long?
This is a 20 long. And everyone says different things so I got 5.

My current stocking is:

1x molly
1x swordtail
1x pictus catfish (trying to rehome it..)
5x neon tetras
 

Al913

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What type of swordtail and molly? For swordtails you have some that get 2 inches and you have some that get 5-6 inches! For mollies there are some that get 3 while others that get 5.

As far as the neons I would definetly up it to at least 10. However How big is the Pictus? Pictus do eat fish and anything small it will eat, neons are one of those fish
 
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Vortexed

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Al913 said:
What type of swordtail and molly? For swordtails you have some that get 2 inches and you have some that get 5-6 inches! For mollies there are some that get 3 while others that get 5.

As far as the neons I would definetly up it to at least 10. However How big is the Pictus? Pictus do eat fish and anything small it will eat, neons are one of those fish
My pictus isn't large enough ot eat them yet, and he has no interest in them. Its a normal golden molly and a red wag swordtail
 

chromedome52

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Vortexed said:
My pictus isn't large enough ot eat them yet, and he has no interest in them.
When I see statements like this, I'm reminded of the guy who jumped off a 40 story building. As he fell past the 20th floor, they heard him say, "So far, so good!"

Those long whiskers on the Pictus cat are for locating prey in the dark. If he is over 2.5 inches, he is big enough to eat the Neons; it's just a matter of time before he finds them in the dark.
 
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Vortexed

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chromedome52 said:
When I see statements like this, I'm reminded of the guy who jumped off a 40 story building. As he fell past the 20th floor, they heard him say, "So far, so good!"

Those long whiskers on the Pictus cat are for locating prey in the dark. If he is over 2.5 inches, he is big enough to eat the Neons; it's just a matter of time before he finds them in the dark.
Well there is absolutely nothing I can do about that. The only idea I have is put the pictus in the 5 gallon till it finds a new home.. but that's kinda torture.



Heres a pic of the catfish if you can determine its size.
Catfish.jpg
 

Redshark1

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Use a ruler to determine size :banghead:.
 
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Vortexed

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Redshark1 said:
Use a ruler to determine size :banghead:.
Its hard when he will never stay still.
 

livrich

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5 is a fine number for Neon Tetras. I'd recommend getting a couple more (it can be difficult to add one at a time, and you should have more when you can). I currently have 9 in my 20 gallon.
 
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