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    What are the best water conditions for neons? I've read a lot of different temps. At the moment I have my neon tank at 78F with 0 ammonia and 0 nitrate.

    Given that neons are susceptible to ick and other diseases are there any water treatments that can fend these diseases off? like adding salt?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nic
    What are the best water conditions for neons? I've read a lot of different temps. At the moment I have my neon tank at 78F with 0 ammonia and 0 nitrate.

    Given that neons are susceptible to ick and other diseases are there any water treatments that can fend these diseases off? like adding salt?
    Is your tank cycled? This is your number one concern. After this.. Neons like blackwater conditions traditionally, but since they have been captively bred for so long even this is debatable. Dont add salt unless you are trying to treat a disease that warrants it. Otherwise it can hurt the fish and increase the chance of them getting disease

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    Welcome to the forum!

    Ditto what Turkey said, plus:

    What's the pH of your water?

    What's your filtration? What do you have for media?

    78F should be fine, temp-wise, though at the high end (68-78F).

    If you can go lower, it wouldn't hurt to do so, as long as you do it slowly, like a degree a week..
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    yes, the tank is cycled. I had a nice school of 12 neons in there previously but when I added 6 more they were sick with ick (which I didn't realize at the time) and I ended up loosing the entire school.

    I cleared out the dead fish, treated the water heavily and put some zebras in to make sure the tank cycled for about a month. All the parameters indicate that the water chemistry is fine. Today I pulled the zebras out and put some neons into the tank.

    The tank has a 30G with a Penguin filter (350 I think) that is rated for a 50G tank. It kept the angelfish and gouramis that were in the tank previously very happy.

    Do neons like strong or weak water movement?

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    yes, the tank is cycled. I had a nice school of 12 neons in there previously but when I added 6 more they were sick with ick (which I didn't realize at the time) and I ended up loosing the entire school.

    I cleared out the dead fish, treated the water heavily and put some zebras in to make sure the tank cycled for about a month. All the parameters indicate that the water chemistry is fine. Today I pulled the zebras out and put some neons into the tank.

    The tank has a 30G with a Penguin filter (350 I think) that is rated for a 50G tank. It kept the angelfish and gouramis that were in the tank previously very happy.

    Do neons like strong or weak water movement?
    Moderate is fine, they arent the strongest swimming tetras. I have to warn you, neons are known for dying during the acclimation period and most people loose a few regardless. Because of this, alot of people opt to go with cardinals instead nowadays.

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    Yeah, the first time around I lost a few of the neons before things got stabalized. I'm going to give them one more try. If they don't take I might try a barb tank or something.

    Unfortunatly its almost impossible to find cardnial tetras around here. The retail stores only have neons (although i NEVER buy my fish there anyway) and of the 4 local shops only 2 carry neons becuase they die during acclimation so often as you mentioned. Of those 2 shops one does sometimes have cardnials but they sell REALLY fast, its about a 45 min drive to get out there and they don't take special orders (they are mostly a saltwater place)

    Thanks for the water speed info. Hopefully these guys will hang in there.

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