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post #16 of 29 (permalink) Old 03-04-2013, 05:47 AM
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Similar set up, corys and neons with a male betta as the top dweller. They are a highly entertaining group.
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What about clown kilis? They look really nice and stay small. I don't have much experience with them but am wanting some for my tank. A friend of mine has a few and says they stay near the top and don't bother anyone.

I just picked up 3 'clown (rocket) killies' Pseudepiplatys annulatus the other day. In the store tank they were pretty much constantly at the surface. They've only been in my tank about a day, so I can't comment much about their behaviour, but they do spend most of the time at the top. Every now and then I'll look over and a couple will be chilling at the bottom.

They are neat looking fish, and pretty small.
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What about others that are really top dwellers, like African butterfly fish, anableps anableps (four eyed fish)
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Thanks for all these suggestions and comments. Now I just have to make a decision...
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As you have a small tank why not look at something small that likes the top of the tank like the celestial pearl danio, you could have a small group of 5 without any problems.

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My favorite top dweller ... African Butterfly Fish.
The very definition of top dweller.


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+1 for the african butterfly. Absolutely beautiful fish, great conversation piece, and also a lot of fun to watch feed. Very hardy fish and does very well in community tanks.
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A lot of rainbows are top dwellers. I've got some Melanotaenia trifasciata "Goyder River" that are coloring up nicely. They are too large for a 20, but there are a lot of smaller rainbows, too.

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I must say i agree with whoever said CPD's (Celestial pearl danios, also known as Galaxy Rasboras) they arent tippy top like hatchet fish but they school farily well, i liked them when i had a school in my 10 gal


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I have 4 Honey Gourami, and HAD to nice big crypts...The Gourami made quick work of them.
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My vote would be for some of the blue-eyed rainbows - furcatas or signifers or even gertrudes depending on what size and look you want. I have some of each and they are some of my favorite fish, and definite top dwellers.
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My vote would be for some of the blue-eyed rainbows - furcatas or signifers or even gertrudes depending on what size and look you want. I have some of each and they are some of my favorite fish, and definite top dwellers.
I just Googled those fish. Oh my gosh. How beautiful.

I think I'll ask my LFS owner if he can get them.
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Choosing a top dweller for 20 long

Yep, i was gonna say blue eyed forktails also. Great fish.


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post #29 of 29 (permalink) Old 03-25-2013, 04:56 PM
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Granted, they haven't been the best quality, but I've noticed that even our local petsmart has started having the furcatas in stock. Hopefully your LFS can get them for you!
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