Stocking Numbers

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish and Invertebrates' started by mysteryb, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. mysterybNew MemberMember

    So I have an established, 29 gallon tank, which will be empty soon, as all the fish will be moving into a currently cycling 60 gallon.
    It will be a planted tank, and I would like to have neon tetras, cory cats, and ghost shrimp. How many of each would work out in the 29?
    Thanks ahead of time! :)
  2. QQQUUUUAADDDWell Known MemberMember

    Welcome to Fishlore!

    This would look nice if these would be the only in the tank.

    16 Neon tetras
    8 Panda cories
    8 julii cories
    a few ghost shrimp

  3. mysterybNew MemberMember

    Ok, sounds good!
    Also, what plants do you think would work out? This is the first time I've had live plants, so easy beginner plants?

  4. escapayWell Known MemberMember

    Welcome! I know for Cories, 6 of the 3-inch type (Albinos, Peppers, etc.) is usually recommended for a 29 gallon. About 10 of the 2-inch ones (Juili, Pandas*, etc.)

    * Might actually stay smaller than 2 inches, they might be 1-1.5 inches

    I'm thinking that might be too many cories. I was recommended to have about 10 panda cories in my 36 gallon (which has a little larger of a foot print, but not by much).

    What kind of lights do you have or plan on getting? If you do low-light, I would recommend Java Fern and Anubias.
  5. mysterybNew MemberMember

    The lights are the ones that came with the aquarium, nothing special. What about corkscrew vallisneria? Is that low light?
    My LFS only stocks julii cories, no pandas... so 10, or less?
  6. mysterybNew MemberMember

    Also, with the neons, I know they like darker environments, so I was thinking about some kind of floating plant maybe...?
  7. escapayWell Known MemberMember

    Looks like other sites say it is a low light, at least some variations. I saw at least one variation listed as medium lighting.

    As for the Julii - probably 8 (better for stocking, I think), maybe 10 of them at most.

    Also wanted to mention... check out these links for low light plant topics:
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2013
  8. mysterybNew MemberMember

    hmm... ok...
    So 8 julii
    16 neons
    and a few ghost shrimp?

    Some java fern and anubius... and I'll look into the corkscrew vallisneria.
    How about floating plants, for the neons?
  9. escapayWell Known MemberMember

  10. mysterybNew MemberMember

    Cool, thanks, I'll check it out...
    Thank you! :)
  11. QQQUUUUAADDDWell Known MemberMember

    As for albinos, I wouldn't even put them in a 29. They get too big. Now that I think of it, I agree with you Escapay. There wouldn't be enough room for all of them.
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2013
  12. escapayWell Known MemberMember

    ^ Even with just 6 of them? I know they get 3 inches, but I recall seeing them often recommended. I know to have a bigger school, a larger tank would definitely be required. Most sources seem to say 30 gallons is a fine size for them. I didn't find any that said bigger is a must, though I did unfortunately find ones that said 10-15 was fine - though those seemed to indicate they only get 2 inches.

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