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What are your favorite schooling fishes?

I'm starting to think about what I will want for my 95g after I do my aquascape. I want only 1 species of schooling fish, but I dont know many species so there are only a few I have considered :

neon tetras
cardinal tetras
rummy nose tetras
lampeye killies

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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 04-23-2013, 07:43 PM
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I think a school of cories like pygmies would look nice with one of the above you suggested.

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Tiger barbs are brightly patterned and very active fish--but problematic due to their cross species aggression (and same-species agression in small schools). With a species only tank, you wouldn't have to worry about their fin-nipping ways and have room to put in a big enough school to spread out any agression issues.

And you could still easily fill in with some bottom dwelling plecos or cory.
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I have a school of golden white cloud mountain minnows in a community tank. I really like them, and from my understanding, they are pretty hardy. Mine live with mollies and julii cory cats. The regular WCMM are nice too.
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with a good sized tank like that i say go columbian tetra they are pretty and good sized. i had a school of 15 in my 55 and love the look of them. the 55 was a bit small for that many though
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Rummies school fairly well. A school of them in a 95g would be stunning.
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green neon tetras are pretty cool
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Re: schooling fishes

Depending on what other fish you want to keep in the tank I would also go with the rummy nose tetras. I am going to be putting around 20 into my 72 gallon. You could easily do more than that depending on your stocking.

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Rainbow fish, Redline Sharks, or a group of 6+ Angelfish for medium sized fish.

Micro fish; I always liked Chili Rasboras, 100+ would be awesome. Or CPDs.
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post #11 of 20 (permalink) Old 04-24-2013, 12:01 AM
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Make sure you have big fish that won't eat them.

My neons don't school. Which defeats the look I was going for. I'd rather just have guppies had I known.

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My neons school pretty well, but that may be because I do have some larger fish as well; rainbows, an angelfish and a pearl gourami, as well as blue rams . . .

They don't seem interested in eating the neons (yet, anyway) but keep the neons on their toes.

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Bruce hit it on the head, if you want schooling behavior, which is a defensive mechanism, you need to make them feel somewhat uncertain, generally by introducing some sort of predator that will induce them to school, but not eat them.

Way back when, I had a 240 full of central American cichlids, including a jag, dovii, etc, I thought the upper half of swimming space was empty, and I tried some giant danios. I never saw such a tight school of 15 fish, and I also never saw such an intent look on the jaguar cichlid. One at a time did the danios disappear, typically at night.
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Rummy nose tetras. They will swim all the way to one side of the tank and back all day long.
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Though they don't school much, emperor tetras are my favorite group fish. They aren't a very dense schooling fish but they do indeed school after they've been fed and after water changes. Looks fantastic especially when they're full grown.
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