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Re: Good hardy fish for cycling new tank?
In my opinion, it's always better to cycle with fish, to get the bacteria growing faster. You can always use some "Cycle" - in the recommended dosages - to help with bacteria growth and maintenance.
I used guppies when I cycled my tank. Usually during cycling, you loose a fish or two, (so it's best not to get super expensive fish to start with).
I have heard people say that live bearer fish, (guppies) are harder to keep all around though... my guppies haven't done well over all. I started my tank last June, and have replaced all my guppies since then - I had 8 - I now have 2 and I think one is sick. I don't get it, my water parameters, heat, lighting and filtration are all good...
Anyway, as for Neon Tetras, I've heard people say they are hardy and I've heard people say they are delicate. The LFS guy told me Cardinal Tetras (which look almost exactly the same, but don't have white bellies), are a little tougher than Neons.
20g and 36g Heavily Planted