Stocking Schooling Fish

  1. Jaq

    Jaq Valued Member Member

    So I am preparing to go to the LFS and buy some fish for my cycled aquarium. I am pretty much convinced that first off, I'll buy some schooling fish (probably tetras). Well, I know the rule is add fish slowly to avoid stress, but does that rule apply to stocking schooling fish? Aren't they most comfortable in schools, so should I buy 6 or 7 of them at a time, or 2/3 and add on slowly?

    PS: I have a 20 gallon tall planted tank (no other fish), so if anyone has any other ideas, it is appreciated. Thanks :)
     
  2. g

    guppylover321 New Member Member

    You should add 3 or 4 tetras the first time.
     
  3. g

    guppylover321 New Member Member

    That's what I did. They seemd pretty happy with that.
     
  4. Jaysee

    Jaysee Fishlore Legend Member

    How many you can add at once is dependent on how much ammonia your filter can process. If you have the bacteria colony to support it, you can add any amount of fish.

    How did you cycle the tank?
     
  5. pirahnah3

    pirahnah3 Fishlore VIP Member

    I agree, depending on the strength of the bacteria, for me thou in a 20 I would just add the 5-7 small body tetras and then let things be for a while. They are small fish and do not bring a large bio load to the tank. Keep the feeding minimal for a few days and you shouldnt have any ammonia problems.