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Neon Tetras in warm tanks

Discussion in 'Fish for Planted Tanks' started by scottward, Mar 17, 2015.

  1. scottward

    scottward Guru Class Expert

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    Hi Guys,


    The only thing in my 100G planted tank at the moment is a small group of baby bristlenose.


    I'd like to release a swarm of neons - say 50 of them.


    Temperature is currently 29C, with the odd peak at 32C (so 84F - 89F).


    Plenty of O2 going into the tank now with a good surface ripple.


    I know that neons prefer cooler water, but can they survive ok at my temps - provided O2 stays in good supply etc?


    I know others on here keep cardinals, but neons are much cheaper here in Australia.


    Scott.
     
  2. mikedavematt

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    Hi Scott,


    I've been keeping a discus pair together with neon tetras in a planted tank. It's not a combination I would recommend of course, I've read that discus could easily eat the little guys, but so far I haven't had any losses of my ten neons.


    I've been keeping the tank at 84 to 85 F. Never had any problems.


    In fact, I discovered two baby neons in the tank a little while after adding the adults to the tank. The tank is very heavily planted and I think they had survived from just hiding. I caught them and raised them to adults in a little breeder's net. So that always seemed to me that the neons were doing just fine if a couple could be raised to adulthood.


    Just wondering, why are you keeping the tank so warm?


    Michael
     
  3. scottward

    scottward Guru Class Expert

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    Thanks for the reply.


    The tank gets very warm in summer. It is cooling down over here at the moment, so I have put 50 neons in the tank. I don't expect them to be there at Christmas when it is stinking hot here again!
     
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    Do you live in Australia?
     
  5. scottward

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    Bingo! In Brisbane.
     
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    I see! Never been there, some day I will visit!
     
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    I don't see why not, just gradually increase the temp to your desired range for your little guys. Good luck.
     
  8. rajiv.nair

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    I have had very hot summers in Delhi India where the temperature goes to 43c, but it try to keep my tank temperatures Uber 28-29c by attaching a fan, surface agitation and adding cool water. The Cardinals survive in upto 33-34° c is the rise is gradual. However the Neons don't make it if the temperature goes above 30-31c

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