Newbie queries on stocking a 70l tank with tetras
I'm hoping someone can help a beginner out.
I have a new 70l tank (already wish I'd gone bigger) that's 61by31by44, which I'm in the process of cycling. Latest water test results: ph, 6.8; KH, 10; GH, 14; nitrate, 10mg/l; nitrite, 0mg/l; and ammonia, 6mg/l (I'm still working on getting it right).
I have toyed with the idea of adding a honey gourami or two, and a small school of tetras. But, as it's a small tank, I think it may be best to stock it with a single species rather than go for a noah's ark-type approach. I'm leaning towards silvertip tetras, which I understand are relatively hardy and a little boisterous.
How many would be a good number to keep? I'm thinking around the 10-12 mark but I would appreciate a sanity check. On the one hand, the last thing I want to do is overstock--on t'other I want to get as big a school as reasonably possible.
Also, what should the ratio of males to females be? Anything else to be aware of?
If anyone could offer any advice at all, it would be much appreciated.
Hi everyone, I'd been under the impression that my 2 Acara's were both male but today I've found that they've laid eggs! Do i just leave them to hopefully look after them by themselves or do i ever move the fry into a breeding net?
so today I've noticed the two Acara's acting really strange and digging up one of my plants. There appears to be a few eggs on the leaf but at times it looks like they're just eating them etc. I guess i do have a pair.
What sad news - I read this earlier today and it actually brought a lump to my throat and some tears, so I can only imagine how you must feel.
I'm glad a vet was able to help, and it must be of some consolation to know exactly what was happening rather than always wondering, and knowing that you probably spared her potentially weeks of suffering, and that she had a peaceful end. Her age is testament to the good care you gave her over her life.
You will miss her - I still miss mine daily - but hopefully you also have fond memories of her and what she contributed to your life (as well as you to hers).
Final update. Our old girl was transported to the vet this afternoon, for an ultrasound scan. I am giving the results here in case it may help others in the future who experience something similar with their fish. Firstly; the big swelling under her tail was gas. The swimbladder had been pushed right down towards her tail-end and had a twist in it, thus trapping gas at one end....and causing the flotation. The items responsible for pushing the swimbladder out of shape were the kidneys...developing cysts, and gradually beginning to fail in their functions. Her body was apparently starting to slowly collect fluid as a result of the kidneys failing....no pine-coning seen, but the vet suggested it was just starting to show a little. It is likely that within a few weeks, the fish would have been developing all the signs of kidney failure in the form of dropsy. It was clear that her bodyclock was winding down; we agreed that she should be put to sleep and this was done....she passed away gently and peacefully under sedation and anaesthetic injection. After twenty years of having Madam alongside me in her tank, at the home-office desk, it's going to be very lonely....but I am glad that she will not suffer any more (especially from potential dropsy) and am grateful to have had her for so many years. RIP my little soldier....bold and brave to the end.