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11-16-2009, 12:20 AM
I have a one gallon tank for my daughter, how many neon tetras can I saftely have in the tank.

11-16-2009, 12:26 AM
Sorry to say this, but none. I would even be hesitant to put a betta in there. If you want neons, you should get her a ten gallon, and put a dozen of them in there.

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11-16-2009, 12:27 AM
None, sorry.

A 1 gallon tank can barely support any fish, and Neon Tetras aren't one of them. In addition, they are shoaling fish, so it is best to have at least 6 Neons for them to feel comfortable. In that case, a 10 gallon aquarium at the bare minimum would be best.

11-16-2009, 12:49 AM
I am afraid there is not much that can be done with a one gallon tank, maybe a few shrimp.

11-16-2009, 01:19 AM
(blush) Thanks guys for the helpful info, looks like I am going to have to spend more money , maybe It will be a Christmas gift for her.

11-16-2009, 02:00 AM
Welcome to the Fabulous AC!
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11-23-2009, 06:57 PM
Everything I read says one tetra to every gallon to gallon and a half of water, BUT Tetras are a schooling fish and prefer schools of 6 or more so one tetra in a one gal tank will not be happy. 12 in a ten gallon tank would be borderline overstocking but I'm sure they would be fine. But I'm a beginner too just repeating what I've read.

11-27-2009, 12:48 AM
That's more a space issue, and I think 10-12 in a 10 gallon would be fine. More than enough room for the shoal to move around. They're very light on a tank's bioload, so I wouldn't worry about that.

You could do a 10gal with neons, some plants, and maybe some red cherry shrimp for her that'd work really well.