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  1. #1

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    Default 6 Neon Tetras + How Many Guppies in a 23 Gallon Aquarium??

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    Luckily I've started doing research on fish WAYYY before I'm actually getting a tank. So far I've upgraded from a 10 gallon tank to a 23 gallon tank - and I've been able to figure out exactly what I want in there.

    I've already decided on a school of 6 Neon Tetras

    and 1 Otocinclus Algae Eater

    The rest I want to fill up with guppies...I know they'll breed so I do need some room, but this is my idea so far:

    Fancy Guppy
    Turquoise Guppy
    Lyretail Delta Guppy

    Fancy Guppy (2)
    Tequila Sunrise Guppy (2)
    Lyretale Delta Guppy (2)

    Do you think it's possible to add another set (1 male + 2 female?)

    Since I have a strange gallon size, I can't really find this answer anywhere. I feel I have SOME legroom here, but probably not.

    ALSO, I'm starting off with guppies since they're the hardy fish of the tank, should I just start with three or would they be better with 6?

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    I think a better option would be to get 10-12 neon, 3-4 male guppies, 3-4 oto's. That many male/female guppies will over stock your tank in a couple months. Do you have a plan for all the fry? If your heart is set on male/female guppies then get 1 male and 3-4 females, it will take them a short bit longer to over stock the tank.
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    + 1 to Mommy1, you just got some great advice, the bigger the school of Neon's the more secure they will be. And her comment on the liveberers was spot on.
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    Yeah, can't add much more than emphasis. A good size school of neons will really improve behavior and and add a ton of color.

    Also, you could have several colorful males and not worry about fry...but I know babies are super cute, so just plan for how to grow them out/get rid of them. That many females dropping fry at the same time spells disaster, so I would scale back the number of sets you are planning on.

    And otos are schooling fish. Get a few of them, or get one small pleco (and driftwood).
    20 gallon with a male betta, neons, glowlights, and red cherry shrimp. (work in progess) Recently added a few LIVE plants and driftwood, Woooohoooo!

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