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  1. #1

    Default Stocking amounts for a variety of tetras

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    Now that my cycling is on its way, I need to firm up the amounts of fish I can have in my tank. I am looking to have three types of tetras: black phantom, diamond and congo, as well as one BN pleco.

    Right now, this is my tank set up:

    77g 47"x16"x24"
    Fluval 405
    Fluval G6
    T8 40W 6700k bulbs x2
    real driftwood
    river rock style gravel
    am planning to add some fake plants right now, and real ones in the future

    I am planning on weekly PWC, as much as is necessary for healthy fish (and a python makes that easier).

    What number of tetras would be okay? I did a basic run through aqadvisor as a starting point, and was thinking:

    15 diamond tetras
    15 black phantom tetras
    10-15 congo tetras
    and the one lonely BN

    Too much? I want what is best for the fish, and if that means fewer types and/or amounts, that is totally fine.

    Here is a pic of my tank for reference:

    _MG_6667 by DancingWisp, on Flickr

    I appreciate any suggestions and feedback.
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    I see nothing wrong with that stocking in a 77g tank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mommy1
    I see nothing wrong with that stocking in a 77g tank.

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    I think you stocking is also fine but I think you could go with 25 each of the smaller tetra and add another BN.

    Or add another school of tetra. Columbians are nice and so are the rummynose.

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    you're making a big mistake...

    ...if you don't take some more pictures once you get the tank stocked.
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    I would add a bunch of fake vals around that wood if you don't plan on planting it. Tetra's are going to want some hiding places as well as the BN.

  7. #7


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    Hooray for consensus!

    @Brhino ~ You guys will be the first to see the stocking pics, I guarantee it!

    @LadyHobbs ~ I know you have tons of experience with tetras, and I appreciate your stocking suggestions. Being as this is my first real tank, I find it hard to visualize how much space these guys will take up and what is really appropriate. I know they all school, which is why I am doing schools of 10-15, but I am very happy that I can add more! I'm still on the fence about adding another type of tetra, but I know I have some time to think on it some more. Adding another BN makes me happy too!
    Re: the fake vals. That is on the plan for this weekend: to get some plants to fill in the large open space on the left, some at the back, and a bit at the foreground and right. My plantings are going to seem to be more on the left, as I have my living room chair on the right, and I want to be able to see the fish through the side of the glass. Eventually, I am going to put in some hardy low light plants, and some floating plants too. For now, I might just float some plastic plants at the top.
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