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You should be aiming to add fish as slowly as possible. Don't add fish too fast as your filter may not be able to support the rapid rise in waste and toxins eg ammonia, nitrites, poo, food etc (Look into a tank's bio-load and nitrogen cycle for further explanation).

General rule is 1-2 avgerage size fish a fortnight, max. (this is differnet if you are adding a small schooling fish such as neons)

1 - If starting from scratch: introduce the least aggressive fish first - this will enable them to find a good hiding spot without being hassled and stressed. The most aggressive fish should be added last.

2 - If you have an existing setup and want to add more fish, rearrange the decor to remove any of the current territories. This will mean the existing fish will be occupied finding new territory and not hassling the new arrival.

Your fish should be properly acclimatised to reduce unneeded stress. Stress can kill, it lowers their defence against disease and parameter fluctuations.

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