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60l tank stocking advice
#16
I've got moderately hard water and struggled badly with Neons, to the point where I'm just about to get my last one rehomed.
I know Harlequins are better off with soft water, but I've had a dozen or so for a few months and they've been fine - lively, no losses and growing nicely.
Planted Fluval 240 Roma
18 Harlequins
12 Amano Shrimp
8 Panda Corydoras
6 Kuhli Loaches
4 Otos
3 Pearl Gouramis
3 Assassin Snails
1 Neon Tetra
Platy fry
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#17
Scarlet badis are good for hard water, only get one male though. Wink
I believe some of the killifish are ok, but I haven't got a note of which one(s).
There's always endlers and guppies.....I would suggest one of the less common livebearers (limia and goodieds), but I'm not sure the colour match is similar. Wink
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Andrewf75 Wrote:So having also got advice from my lfs (highly reputable) I think i will add a clown plec and 6 neons, see how they get on and keep an eye out for a bigger tank second-hand. Seems most people think neons are ok in hard water, although I know it's not ideal. Would it be worth adding a bit of rainwater in water changes to reduce the hardness/ph slightly (But not too much to upset the swords)? Or is the risk of contamination greater than the risk of the hard water to the neons?

Your LFS is not giving very good advise with the neons.
Guppy are a good option for your hard water.
Having only males will prevent having loads of fry and males are very colourful.
You can keep guppy with the swordtails at 23C.

Hope it helps
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#19
Great, thanks. Think I will get some male guppies instead. Don't want to risk the neons.
What is the minimum number I should get?
Also concerned about them fighting. With my swords I started with 2m 4f and one male bullied the other to death. Keen to avoid this! Don't really want babies but of having some females keeps the peace then I'd prefer that. Thanks!
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#20
More than 10 should be ok (and pretty colourful Wink ).
I've never had the problem of males picking on each other, but then I have females as well.....
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#21
Was thinking more like 3 or 4! Would that be ok?
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#22
It MAY be, but I've heard of low number males picking on each other........
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...get someone else to do it! Big Grin

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Ian

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#23
I've got 4 males with 9 cardinal tetras and the guppies keep having punch ups. I'm slightly overstocked now so can't put anymore in and only have a 25l tank I can use.
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