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Old 11-27-2004, 06:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am considering buying fish online and I have a few questions. The fish I am buying are Green Neon Tetras (wild caught). I will have them shipped overnight of course

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1. Due to the cold weather I am worried about package. How should they be packaged? Im thinking 20-40 fish

2. Also, My quarintine technique isnt so well. I have tried to Quarintine Neon tetras and Hatchet fish with little success. About 5 out of 20 neons lived and all 12 hatchet fish died Since these green neons are wild caugh I figured it is a must. I have two ten gallon tanks that have been running for awhile. I can make the q-tank water to match their surroundings (ro water). Does anybody have any tips to a really successful q-tank. Do I automatically medicate the water? do I change some water everyday? How many can I put in a ten gallon tank with out pushing the level (10-12 in each?) Any advice would be great.

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Hi Ben.

Some (almost all) of the best fish I've gotten have been purchased online.

If they are well packaged they will be in an insulated box, packed in several bags (preferrably with oxygen), and have a couple of heat packs.

I'm thinking if you lost your fish in Q before they had problems to start with.
My Q tank just has a few plants, and when I add the fish, I add some seeded material from another tank. I don't think daily water changes are necessary, but it's best to watch your ammonia (which you shouldn't have much of if you toss in a few plants).
If I have a large load in Q I try to do the changes a couple times a week. Right now I have a half a dozen Cardinals in there and once a week is plenty.

Good luck with your new fish!
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Some (almost all) of the best fish I've gotten have been purchased online.
Where? As I have trouble finding rare fish/good quality fish.
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Many of them are reputable sellers on AquaBid.
I've also had good luck with the fish from fish2u.com, Armke's and Tony Orso (but he doesn't update his site very often).
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I have had nothing but good luck buying fish online. I am an Aquabid junkie, when I have the extra cash to spare.

There are nice sites out there who take good care of you. Armke's is good, if you like Africans, and though they can be a tad pricey, in my opinion it is worth it.

Tangled Up In Cichlids is an absolutely marvelous site with unbeatable quality and prices, if you like Central and South Americans (and Altums!).

Anyway, I have never ordered green neons online, but I think it's hard to screw up tetras, especially if they are wild-caught.
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Trades between hobbyists have worked nicely for me. You need to be able to trust the person on the other end of the line. Plus, you make new friends while you're at it.
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