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Emily H
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Post Number: 10
Registered: 03-2006


Posted on Monday, April 03, 2006 - 11:28 pm:       

Hi. In a week or two I will be looking to add a brightly colored group of schooling fish to my 37g, which currently holds:

6 zebra danios
1 male betta
1 dwarf gourami
2 oto cats

Currently all tank-mates are doing very well, with the danios spawning like every two weeks and the betta and the gourami seeming to like each other (that's an odd couple but whatever). And my otos have fat little bellies (those guy are just so cute!)

Can anyone recommend a fish? Neons come to mind of course, but I'd like to hear what everyone else thinks. Any suggestions as far as stocking the tank goes would be greatly appreciated, actually. Thanks!
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colleen
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Posted on Monday, April 03, 2006 - 11:32 pm:       

I really like my black neons! They school very well and are beautiful. They were really pretty at work, but once I got them home, they got even prettier!
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sully
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Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 12:16 am:       

colorful would be cardinals to me.
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Sam Lee
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Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 12:24 am:       

Serape tetras are really nice, and you might want to look into some cardinal tetras as well
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April
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Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 01:03 am:       

I would suggest rasboras. I like the porkchop and harliquin variety :-)
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Musicalfingers
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Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 01:16 am:       

*cough* Bloodfin tetras! *cough*
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Shari
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Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 10:52 am:       

RUMMYNOSE TETRAS
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Kyle
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Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 11:18 am:       

I would second the serpaes personally.
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compensate
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Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 11:52 am:       

In my observations, serpae tetras would love chewing up the fins on your betta. They are fin nippers and NOT a good choice in my opinion!

Cardinals are beautiful, but not one of the more hardy fish out there. Neon tetras are a little more hardy, but not quite as colorful.

Since you have a dwarf gourami, I'd guess your tank temperature is probably around 80 degrees, so I won't recommend the white cloud mountain minnow (one of my favorites).

Black neons are very good, as are the harlequin rasboras (sometimes called rasbora het) and the rummynose tetras. There's also the glolight tetra, if you want some orange.

Have fun!
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Gopi
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Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 11:56 am:       

I love my glowlites. They might look a bit dull in the store, but when you get a bunch in your tank and that orange line and the fins color up... WOW
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Aquatot
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Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 12:24 pm:       

Or Cherry Barbs? I got some recently for my 20gal, and fell in love with them instantly. Beautiful little fish, and such great personality! They're constantly active. I have a male Betta in that tank as well, and they all get along perfectly.
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flyingfish
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Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 02:28 pm:       

Are you local? I will have alot of Cardinal tetras soon.
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compensate
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Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 02:45 pm:       

Hmm. I am surprised that cherry barbs would leave the fins of a male betta untouched. Time will tell, since they have only been recent additions to your 20g tank.

And I recently read that the rummy nose tetras are very sensitive to nitrates, so if you go with those, make sure to do weekly water changes . . .
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compensate
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Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 02:47 pm:       

Emily, have you thought about a few smaller variety of cory cats for the tank to help eat food that falls to the bottom? Just a thought . . .
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flyingfish
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Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 02:51 pm:       

Hehe I was going to say rummy nose after Cardinals were suggested. Cardinals are my favorite....
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Emily H
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Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 02:56 pm:       

Compensate-- I'm good about doing weekly water changes, no worries. And yes, I will definitely add some Cories later--probably after these fish are settled and doing well. Right, only Gary the gold mystery snail is on clean-up duty.

flyingfish-- I'm located near Chicago, Illinois. The cardinals sound lovely; let me know.
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compensate
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Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 04:34 pm:       

Gary!! Great name for a snail!

(for those familiar with the Sponge Bob cartoon . . . )
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flyingfish
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Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 05:45 pm:       

I will make a post....keep an eye out..

Post will be called: Project Cardinal Tetra II

Hopefully I get a nice batch and get a good survival %. I will keep you posted.
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Gopi
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Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 06:55 pm:       

Hey Emily! I'm in Champaign so we're sorta neighbors ;)
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larry
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Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 07:09 pm:       

Im a big fan of neons and cardinals but they can be delicate.
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maura
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Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 08:15 pm:       

Serpaes are fin nippers??? So a bad choice with skirt tetras? Or fancy guppies?

(Just added a school of six serpaes to a tank I'm overhauling...would bloodfins be safer for a second school?) Fell in love with some black skirt tetras. And also have a tank full of fancy gups.
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Ellie
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Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 11:16 pm:       

I have five Harlequin Rasboras in my 29g with two female fancy guppies, one male fancy guppy, seven guppy fry, three corys, one clown pleco and a Golden Mystery snail...named Gary! How funny. There are probably a lot of snails named Gary, these days. I love the Razzies. They are very pretty and quite lively...yet they are very gentle. I had one cory originally and then gave him/her two buddies. They hang out together all the time.

"We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names, and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box"
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Someone Special
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Posted on Wednesday, April 05, 2006 - 12:21 am:       

quote:Hmm. I am surprised that cherry barbs would leave the fins of a male betta untouched. Time will tell, since they have only been recent additions to your 20g tank


Aren't Cherry Barbs, one of the most peaceful barbs?
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Emily H
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Posted on Wednesday, April 05, 2006 - 02:53 pm:       

I'm going to wait on FF's cardinals for now... but speaking of cories, does anyone have any favorites they'd like to recommend? I guess I was thinking a group of three. How's that sound?
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Aquatot
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Posted on Thursday, April 06, 2006 - 07:11 am:       

My Cherries are extremely peaceful. I've kept them before, but this is the first time I've put them with a Betta, and they're absolutely fine together. I've had a group of six in the tank for a couple of months now, with the Betta, a lone Neon, and a Bristlenose Plec, and they get along fine with everyone. They're far more interested in each other than the other fish anyway. The Betta is untouched and healthy, and seems to enjoy their company.

Cherry Barbs (and Gold Barbs, in my experience) are certainly amongst the most peaceful Barbs.
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rob
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Posted on Thursday, April 06, 2006 - 08:14 am:       

I say go the corys. If not the black neons or phantom tetras are good schooooooooooolers.
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compensate
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Posted on Thursday, April 06, 2006 - 08:20 am:       

Cherry barbs are probably the most peaceful barb, especially if you have enough of them to chase each other instead of nipping at other fish.

I simply avoid the fin-nippers, having had bad experiences many years ago (in my teens) with serpae tetras and tiger barbs. Lots of fin damage.

A group of 3 cories is fine - usually considered the minimum. My favorite cory is probably the three-lined variety (C. trilineatus) which is often confused with the C. julii variety (another favorite). These two don't get as large as some, like the Bronze cory. Here is a link to some cory varieties:

http://www.scotcat.com/the_cory/the_cory_home/frameset_thecory.htm

To look at C. trilineatus, click on the "T" at the left of the page, then look for C. trilineatus to appear beneath the letters. Click on "J" to find the C. julii picture and info. Notice how close they look. The main difference is that the julli is covered in spots, while trilineatus is covered in small spot-like color lines.

Often there is a fine line that distinguishes between some of the cory types . . .
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Ellie
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Posted on Thursday, April 06, 2006 - 01:26 pm:       

My three cories are c.paleatus. They make me think of Charlie Chaplin as the Little Tramp...with their rimmed eyes and funny little "mustaches".

"We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names, and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box"
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flyingfish
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Registered: 01-2006
Posted on Thursday, April 06, 2006 - 06:03 pm:       

OK Emily,
I started the thread and I am sorry to say I wont be able to ship any out. They already had a rough journey and the DOA issue would bother me. This is a tough fish to ship, I dont want you to get burned.

I can share with you or anyone else where I got mine if you would like to try and build your own school. I would recommend trying the lfs if you plan on buying less then 10.
Filter and heater $80
65 gallon aquarium $280
Gazing at your Apistogramma for hours on end.....
PRICELESS!!!
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