I want a tropical tank

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  1. Uda

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    Hi all,

    I'm new to the aquarium thing and actually got one coz i had to. My mom got my 3 year old daughter two goldfish in a bowl. After the first night they spent at our home, I woke to find them in my soap dish, motionless... My little girl saying "They were smelling mum, so I washed them". To cut a long story short, I rushed to the local pet store and after following their advice religiously, saved two fish from dying of tail and fin rot. :yeahdude: I would like to have neon tetras. What changes in my tank set up and temperature?
     
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    Hi,

    As far as I know, neons can survive in cold water but warm water is preferred. They like to be kept in a shoal, so get at least 5. Also, if you have space get a plant in there (not plastic).

    If you want to keep tropical fish, I suggest putting in a heater and some sort of filter.

    You will need to do a 20% water change at least once a month as well, depending on the state of the water.
     
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    What plants to use for tank with neon tetras?

    Thanks John Doe. What plants should I use for tank with neon tetras? Anubias? And how do the plants stay rooted in the water? It will be the first time using a heater, thermometer, etc.
     
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    If you want to go for neons and other tropical fish , you would need to have a heater , they say that neons can survive in cooler waters of about 18C but i have found that they do much better in waters of about 22C - 24C . However goldfish do not enjoy the warmer water and would be alot more stressed . My suggestion is to put the goldfish in a goldfish bowl ( depending on the amount of goldies you have ) and then using the tank for tropical . You would need a little filter and a heater for the tank , as stated before neons do much better in shoals .

    Neons in my opinion prefer bushy plants such as java ferns . Though if going the planted root , you would need some lighting , depending on the size of the tank (depth ) one 6500K t5 tube should be enough . Also you would need a deepish substrate about 5 - 6 cm for the roots to grow and secure the plant , another option is using small pots , have seen some tanks that look really good . You can also go the non - planted root and make use of ceramic pots , rocks and bogwood to create hiding spots for them as well .

    Also when setting up the tank , wait at least a week before adding the fish so that temperature and ph can settle .

    Neons also do well with other species of tetra's ( family name ) and are very peaceful fish , at home I am running an 3 ft tetra tank atm , and i find it real relaxing to watch the different tetra's shoal together .

    Tetra's are generally very easy , peaceful community fish that are compatable with most other species such as danios , bettas , gouramies, barbs , gappies .
     
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