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Graduating from a 5g tank to 27g tank

Discussion in 'Freshwater Newbie Forum' started by rockarolla70, Oct 8, 2018.

  1. rockarolla70

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    Hi all,
    Firstly am new to this forum & secondly need some expert advice from fish keeping guru's.
    I have taken up this hobby recently, to start with I wanted to try with small tank and some easy going fishes & finally thought of having next level nano tank. I have done quite a bit research and my pet shop owner is a expert in fish keeping. Below given is the statics of my new tank which has minimal aquascaping done.

    Size: 27.5g Tank
    Type: Non-Co2 - Freshwater Fish Tank
    Filter: EHEIM Classic 350 (2215) External Canister Filter, Jardli Glass Lily pipes
    Aquascaping: Minimal (Center-Island style)
    Deco: Driftwood, Dragon Rocks, Colorado Sand, Java moss & Anubias Nana
    Note: The water in the tank is being recycled presently without any livestock in it, after the aquascaping four rounds of water change has been performed, the tank is almost matured.

    I am planning to have the below livestock in the coming week. I wanted to know from the SME's if the livestock is perfect ??

    Livestock (Non-aggressive)
    8 - Harlequin Rasboras
    8 - Cardinal Tetras
    15 - Cherry Shrimp

    Suggestions/Opinions are highly appreciated.
     
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    As said in the other thread, you could double up on those if you wanted.

    What readings are your water params giving?

    Cherry shrimp are quite fun, they will establish a colony rather fast and breed prolificly. Good thing they have essentially zero bio load on the tank. My 6gal Fluval Flex must have over 100 of them now...
     
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    Hi DefJ123, below is the readings sent by my pet show owner where my tank is getting recycled/matured.

    pH = 6.9
    Ammonia = 0.2 (question: why is this reading of 0.2 when there is no live stock yet??)
    Nitrite = 0.0
    Nitrate = 32

    Secondly when you said I can double up my live stock, you mean I can go up to 30 fishes (Harlequin Rasboras + Cardinal Tetras) excluding Cherry shrimps ?? So including the shrimps the total live stock will be 45 (to start with)
     
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    Wanted to add this pic too. Shows how my tank looks as of now. As I mentioned before, the water changes/recycling are done at the place my aquarium was built and aquascaping was done.

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    Nice looking tank!

    If thats your readings, something has caused a spike. Is there any rotted plant pieces? That can cause some ammonia.

    I would not add that many fish at once. Start with 4-5 at a time, then once your tank catches up to the new bio load you can add some more. Youll crash the cycle adding that many fish at once. Just take it slow :)

    Personally, I would add shrimp last once your done adding fish. Neocaridinas need pristine water.
     
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    Thanks !! I will check on the plant for spike.
    What I understand from your suggestion is that I should not add 16 (8+8) at once and I need to add only 8 (4-Harlequin Rasboras & 4Cardinal Tetras) first & then add the next in the second lot ... right.

    - If I do this way I thought the first lot would have claimed the territory & when I add the next ... will there be any frictions.
    - I thought shrimps to be add first once tank matures ... then comes the fishes, correct me if am wrong.
     
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    You can have 10 cardinals, 10 harlequins and 10 embers in the tank.
    Mixing cardinals and neons ... it's better to have 20 of one as 10/10 of either.
    They don't claim territory you add them in small numbers to build up a colony of nitrifying bacteria first.
     
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