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    I saw that Cardinals are on sale at Petsmart right now for a buck and I love the look of these fish, but before I go and buy these guys I was wondering how compatible (if at all) it will be with my current tank setup. (I would buy a school of six)

    I have a 36 gallon bowfront with two hang on filters. One rated for 50 gallons and one for 30 gallons. I currently have,

    5 platys
    2 serpae tetras (going to add 3-4 more soon)
    3 corys (may add 2 more)
    2 otos
    2 golden panchax (I know they can eat some neons, but cardinals are bigger and I would request the largest they have in the tank.)

    I am about a month or so in from moving from a smaller tank (15 gal) to this one, that is why the small schools at the moment. Already added two more platys and 2 golden panchax and I didn't want to overload the tank with new fish so that is why I am adding slowly.

    This Petsmart by me has to be the cleanest one ever, almost cleaner than some of my LFS and I feel comfortable buying from them (have had success before). Also, this would be the absolute max amount of fish I would put in my tank.

    Thanks for your input.
    Last edited by WindyCityFlyer; 09-24-2012 at 08:27 PM.

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    How long has your Tank been cycled? If your nitrates and ammonia levels are satisfactory and your PH level is neutral or lower than I would add the Cardinals but get at least 10, the bigger the school the happier the cardinals will be.

    Also don't buy them to small as the serpae will make a snack of the them depending on how big the serpae are. You should also increase your serpae school asap as you planned, as they can be real onery with thier cousins.

    Once the cardinals are acclimated they will make an awsome addition to your tank as thier colors are on parr with saltwater fish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steeler1
    How long has your Tank been cycled? If your nitrates and ammonia levels are satisfactory and your PH level is neutral or lower than I would add the Cardinals but get at least 10, the bigger the school the happier the cardinals will be.

    Also don't buy them to small as the serpae will make a snack of the them depending on how big the serpae are. You should also increase your serpae school asap as you planned, as they can be real onery with thier cousins.

    Once the cardinals are acclimated they will make an awsome addition to your tank as thier colors are on parr with saltwater fish.
    My ph is a little high, 7.6-8.0. But the water at the store is the same as well. My tank was seeded with my old filter (the 30 gallon one) and it became an instant cycle. No ammonia and no nitrites as of now. I guess my main concern is if I will be overstocking my tank or not? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WindyCityFlyer
    My ph is a little high, 7.6-8.0. But the water at the store is the same as well. My tank was seeded with my old filter (the 30 gallon one) and it became an instant cycle. No ammonia and no nitrites as of now. I guess my main concern is if I will be overstocking my tank or not? Thanks.
    IMO you would not be overstocking your tank even with filling out the serpae and corie schools but that would be the extent of fish for your aquarium.

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    IMHO, you would not be overstocking by adding the cardinals.

    As steeler said, Serpae's can be a problem if kept in small schools. I'm also not sure how the cardinals and panchax will get along; I've never kept panchax and just can't offer an opinion. Personally, I'd get rid of both of the latter species and get the cardinals. I'd also get at least 10, probably 15.

    WRT the serpaes, if you opt to keep them and up the shoal, I'd remove them from the tank when the cardinals come out of quarantine, then quarantine your current ones with the new ones so there is never just a few in with the cardinals.

    Petsmarts are hit or miss. My favorite one is cleaner than three of my four LFSs. The one it doesn't top is immaculate, is primarily salt water/reef and sadly has limited fw stock. The other petsmart in my area is a bit of a mess.

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    What size school should I get considering my tank size and plans to add to my other two schools.

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    A school = 6 members at least. Anything under that isn't considered a school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MandyK
    A school = 6 members at least. Anything under that isn't considered a school.
    Yep, I'm aware. Just wanting to know should I just get six or bump it up to ten considering my tank ages and size.

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    Quarantine !!!
    I like the $1.00 cardinal and neon tetras, but they are generally wild caught this time of year and weak due to shipping. Weak means susceptible to disease.
    They also don't know what flake food is, so offer a wide variety for a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbosman
    Quarantine !!!
    I like the $1.00 cardinal and neon tetras, but they are generally wild caught this time of year and weak due to shipping. Weak means susceptible to disease.
    They also don't know what flake food is, so offer a wide variety for a while.
    Thanks for the tip!

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