New Tank stocking Advice

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by james211, Jul 21, 2015.

  1. james211

    james211New MemberMember

    So I just setup a 12 gallon tank that is currently cycling. I'm trying to get my stocking list in order and need some advice as I don't know what fish will work together nor do I completely understand how many fish I can put in my tank. Ideally I'd love it if I could have some small schoolers of some sort as well as something a bit more predominant in the tank. So here are a few that have caught my eye.

    Neon tetra
    Zebra Danio
    Pearl Danio

    Any other suggestions?

    I appreciate your help!
  2. Shortfuuzze

    ShortfuuzzeValued MemberMember

    Hello james! Welcome to fishlore if you're new!

    I have neon tetra in my tank....I also had zebra danio at one point but was advised by multiple people on this forum that they have different requirements....

    The zebra requires a lower temp and higher water flow rate then the neons..... that's what I was told about them anyway.

    Solid piece of advice I can give is Def don't over stock! Good luck!

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  3. ClearEyes

    ClearEyesWell Known MemberMember

    Welcome to Fishlore!

    Unfortunately, with that size of tank, you're pretty limited. Definitely no schooling fish.

    Your best options are probably a betta (and nothing else) or a handful of guppies (4-5) or maybe a couple of platys.
  4. Dom90

    Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    Welcome to Fishlore!

    Sorry to say but none of these fish will work. The danios and tetras are schooling fish and need at least 6+ and will require 20 gallons or more. In a 12 gallon all you can really do is guppies or a betta and some shrimps/snails.

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  5. Coradee

    CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

    Welcome to Fishlore :)
    Unfortunately most of the fish on your list won't work in your tank, there are some killifish that may work, someone who keeps them will be able to help.
    A few options for your tank would be ember tetras, celestial pearl danios, sparkling gourami, chilli rasboras or a single Betta
  6. Bluestreakfl

    BluestreakflWell Known MemberMember

    EricV is our resident Killifish expert he can chime in on their care at some point. You could definitely get some Celestial Pearl Danios, they wont necessarily school, but they will shoal. Shoaling meaning theyll kind of hang out in a group, but wont school in a tight group. Ember Tetras would be your go to fish if you want so see actual schooling. Just curious, what are the dimensions of the tank? The length vs height plays a part as well. If its a long 12g youd be fine with schoolers like the Ember Tetras. If its a tall however they are not ideal at all for schooling fish.
  7. Dom90

    Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

  8. OP

    james211New MemberMember

    I appreciate recommendations. Thank you.
  9. tejas

    tejasValued MemberMember

    I dont think you should put zebra danios , because they get nippy in a small aquarium(personal experience) . Neons will be nice also a pair of killifish or u could put a dwarf gourami and add 2 blue shrimp
  10. ClearEyes

    ClearEyesWell Known MemberMember

    Neons and dwarf gouramis both should be in at least 20G.
  11. Shortfuuzze

    ShortfuuzzeValued MemberMember

    Dwarf gourami for sure! I started with 2 dwarf gourami in a 10g and they were not too happy after the first 6 weeks.....

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  12. tejas

    tejasValued MemberMember

    Ya read up on dat sorry abt wrng advice, bt blue shrimp will look cool, here's a pic

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  13. Ovenmitts

    OvenmittsValued MemberMember

    I think you could do African Dwarf Frogs. Or a betta. Guppies.