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Old 09-18-2011, 05:52 PM   #11 
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Nope. 1 betta, 3 otos, 6 neons, and 3 cories would work. I love neon tetras, I have 10 of them and I love watching them. Okay, I know it'll like kill you to have to do this so slowly, but only add a few fish per week and do twice weekly water changes of 25-30% for a month or so. Test for ammonia and nitrites/nitrates weekly if you can.
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Old 09-18-2011, 06:08 PM   #12 
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You need to suppliment algae eating fish or such with algae wafers, there will never be enough in you tank to feed them. I wouldn't suggest danios, they need horizontal swimming space and tend to be fin killers, silly books! Haha Adding plants or hiding spaces only give you the max stocking, lesser plants means lesser stocking. Nothing will allow you to have more fish than recommended sadly. Google aquarium stocking calculator and use a stocking calculator to see what fish you plan will fit or not. My 10 g is at its max with 5 Glowlight Tetras, 6 celestial pearl danios, an apple snail and a gourami. I'm upgrading LOL
And yes, it would be better to cycle your tank. It's less stresfull on fish and easier on you to keep up with water changes and to avoid sickness. Do you know anyone with a larger healthy tank that could lend you some rocks and some of the filter media? That should jump start your tank. I set up a tank and its ok for fish in a few days, because I have cycled tanks to pluck stuff from LOL
The key to proper fish care if patience, you jump the gun and things could go really wrong :(
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Old 09-18-2011, 06:19 PM   #13 
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I've been talking to OFL via PM, and she suggested doing a silent cycle.

I would have all my live plants up and running and add my fish in (not my Betta), seeing how it's good to QT plants and fish you get at the pet store. Seeing how I only have free space in my 10 gallon right now that'll be my QT tank, the only dilemma I'll run into is that if there is a fish indeed sick and I will have to treat it/my whole tank, some plants can't stand some medication (AQ salt, etc).

There's no one I know that has an aquarium like I do, so yeah. No jump start for me. I'm planning to wait 3 weeks after I get my fish/live plants and see how they're doing before adding my Betta in.

Sounds like a good plan? I'm carrying out this plan over the next weekend or so.
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Old 09-18-2011, 07:46 PM   #14 
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If OFL says go, then go. Good luck, Micho!
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Old 09-18-2011, 10:03 PM   #15 
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I'm still deciding on which type of fish to go with though, do Cardinal Tetras nip? They're more pretty since that red stripe is longer (I've heard Neon Tetras will eventually lose their color, do not know if that's true or not), and I've heard they grow larger than the average Neon Tetra. I would love to do some cories too, they're kinda cute with their long whiskers and being a bottom feeder and all makes it easier for me.

With Tetras do I have to buy a different food brand for them? And how would I feed my cories? Or they just eat stuff that's leftover?
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Old 09-19-2011, 01:25 AM   #16 
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Cardinals are really pretty but I've heard they are a little more touchy as far as water chemistry etc. So far my neons are bright and well, neon. I think either one will work for your tank. To feed the tetras, you can feed a flake food like Omega One (crumble it first) or New Life Spectrum Small Fish Formula .5mm pellets. I feed the New Life, it works for me because my tetras don't come to the surface to feed and the pellets sink. To feed the cory cats, you would drop in a sinking wafer like Hikari Sinking Wafer first thing in the morning and just after you turn off the tank light at night.
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Old 09-19-2011, 11:43 AM   #17 
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Okay thank Sakura, I'll be picking up some fish this weekend! I'll have to buy some different fish food I guess, I already have some small sinking pellets, my Betta doesn't like them so that's good. I already have flakes for my Betta, he enjoys those very much.

Just need to buy algae wafers for my otos, and sinking wafers for my Cories, but I'm not sure if I can find sinking wafers. Also how much algae wafers should I feed my otos?
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Old 09-19-2011, 08:04 PM   #18 
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If you don't have much algae in your tank, then you probably should feed half an algae wafer for 3 otos every day or so. Take your cue from the otos: if you put food in for them and it's gone the next day (and you know for sure the cories and the betta didn't eat it), they aren't getting enough to eat from the algae in your tank. If it's still there, then they don't need supplemental food at the moment. You can also put blanched veggies like zucchini and cucumber and romaine lettuce in. If you're lucky, both otos and cory cats will eat the veggies too. Mine never did but I think they might have been wild-caught and didn't know the stuff was edible.
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Old 09-20-2011, 01:13 PM   #19 
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If you don't have much algae in your tank, then you probably should feed half an algae wafer for 3 otos every day or so. Take your cue from the otos: if you put food in for them and it's gone the next day (and you know for sure the cories and the betta didn't eat it), they aren't getting enough to eat from the algae in your tank. If it's still there, then they don't need supplemental food at the moment. You can also put blanched veggies like zucchini and cucumber and romaine lettuce in. If you're lucky, both otos and cory cats will eat the veggies too. Mine never did but I think they might have been wild-caught and didn't know the stuff was edible.
Hrm I remember that the fish specialist there said to wait for around three months before adding the otos in to grow algae. . Also OFL suggested to wait about 6 months and see if my plants are doing well if they are add the otos in. .

I might add an Nerite snail and that's it. While adding 4/5 Cories instead of 3. Since the like groups. Sounds like a good plan?
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Old 09-20-2011, 01:56 PM   #20 
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I've got three mystery snails (unless your petsmart is different, that's the kind of snail they have available), two in my molly tank and one in my ten gallon with my betta, and I LOVE them. From what I've heard they eat algae when they're younger but not so much when they get older. Mine eat the algae wafers that I put in for them, broccoli (the stem part) and they LOVE Zucchini--my single snail in the betta tank can eat a half inch slince all on her own in a day or so--and they'll eat whatever extra food is leftover from the betta. They're really entertaining too. I'd definitely get one if I were you.
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