CQ's 40g Tetra Zen
When I moved to GA several years ago, I had to put all my aquariums but my 3g & 5g into storage (no room for them in a studio apartment). Now that I'm back in VA and have a place of my own with plenty of space for all my aquariums, I'm starting to get them set up again, one at a time. Admittedly, my time-table was pushed up by Agamemnon going to the great fish bowl in the sky; this little trooper survived six years and a cross-country move to stick with me, and not having him made me realize just how much I missed having my aquariums and my fishy friends.
So back in June I dragged 30G #1 out of storage, ran my fishless cycle, and started bringing home some new fishy friends.
Group 1 (July): 4 neon tetras
Group 2 (Aug): 4 julii corydoras
Group 3 (Jan): 4 neon tetras
I lost a cory sometime in December; he simply wasn't there one morning, and a body was never found despite a thorough search. Everyone else seems to be doing quite well with a weekly 10% water change and water parameters have remained stable. Though there was a mysterious surge in algae about the same time the missing cory disappeared...
Looking to add at least 3 more cories, and debating whether to add more neons or some other type of tetra.
On a side note, the cories have decided that my submerged pagoda makes a pleasant hiding place from my curious cat, while the tetras are partial to lurking behind the miniature Buddha...
I think its a good idea to add more coreys. I would suggest 5 more.
What levels have your parameters leveled off at ?
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Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info
Typically, ammonia & nitrite are reading 0 ppm, nitrates 0-5 ppm. Will be testing again over the next several days as the newest batch of tetras settles in, to determine if any changes are needed. I'm figuring as the bioload increases, I'll eventually have to increase the water changes to some extent.
Parameters of the local tap water are as follows and have not been modified with additives: pH 6.8, GH 75, KH 80. I've been keeping the temperature at about 78 F. The filtration system is rated for 70 g.
The julii are so cute, who wouldn't want more of them...? And I think my survivors miss their friend...
Last edited by cajunqn81; 01-06-2015 at 01:16 AM.
Ammonia still reading at 0 earlier today, but nitrates up slightly (10 ppm) despite doing a PWC on Sunday. Guess we know what I'll be doing tomorrow morning...
We have 2 votes for more corydoras. Still no verdict on the tetras, though. Should I continue increasing the red/blue neons? Or add another variety...? The LFS has some yellow/black neons, cardinals, bloodfins, skirts, buenos aires, bleeding heart, lamp eye, red minor, red blue, candy cane, blue emperor, silver tip, serpae, red or black phantoms, green fire & penguins... Too many choices!
I would definitely suggest that you up your cory school to a minimum of 6.
And a large school of neons - say 18 or 20 - would look fantastic. They make such a visual impact in a large group.
Even then, with a 30 gal, you have room for another school of smaller tetra - and as you said, the possibilities are endless :o)
How often do you make W/C? and how much do you usually change out?
What type of filtration are you using?
30 g FW planted:corys, female ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, rummies, mystery & assassin snails
15 g FW planted:2 male guppies, neons, pygmy corys, clown pleco, 4 types of shrimp, mystery & assassin snails
90 g FW planted:congos, rainbows, roseline sharks, kribs, male ABNP, peppered cories, assassin snailss
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I was aiming for 6 anyway, probably more; had 1 from my first introduction batch mysteriously disappear back in December and haven't been able to replace him yet. The LFS I normally get them from closed just before Christmas...
PWC at least once a week, sometimes twice. Most of the time between 10-20% depending on nitrate readings. Right now there's a Tetra 40I & a Whisper 30EX. Looking at replacing with a Marineland Penguin, Fluval C4 or similar. Recommendations...?
I had a thought last night, and I know that's a dangerous thing. But I just realized that the LFS has several color morphs of neons. Or at least, they're being advertised as neons. Would the color morphs likely form 2 separate schools? Then up the corys, and maybe add a dwarf blue neon gourami...? Too many ideas running through my head all at once...
What are the color morphs? Black neons and green neons? Because those are actually different species and would do nicely with a group of regular neons.
Increasing your biodiversity increases your stability.
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Bloodfin tetras are also a very nice small tetra that is hardy and beautiful. I love mine. I also vote more corys, like said above they are social and prefer to be in a group of at least 6.
Neons are so over-bred to begin with, I'd be wary of any that were advertised as "color morphs"
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