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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-05-2014, 12:11 AM Thread Starter
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Good fish for top half of tank?

Currently in my tank I have:
12 Ghost shrimp (seemingly small bio load)
Snails (A few nerites, ramshorns and small pond snails)
6 peppered cory cats (avg 1")
10 neon tetras (young and small avg .75")

The neon tetra stay at the bottom half of the tank, so do the cory cats. the shrimp do also, while the snails try to lick my light fixtures at times.

I'm looking for a smaller than 1.5" fish that stays in the top half of the tank.

Any ideas? Doesn't have to school, but would be preferred.


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Nice, thanks. I'll look into some rasboras

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Hatchets. They're awesome additions to any tank
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I would do a centerpiece fish.. Something like a dwarf or pearl Guarami. They generally stay closer to the surface. I also think that might be a bit heavy on the ghost shrimp. For one they can turn sort of aggressive and actually take down smaller fish. IMO, a centerpiece fish adds so much to a tank when you have smaller schoolers throughout.

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pencilfish are always a nice addition.
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I would do a centerpiece fish.. Something like a dwarf or pearl Guarami. They generally stay closer to the surface. I also think that might be a bit heavy on the ghost shrimp. For one they can turn sort of aggressive and actually take down smaller fish. IMO, a centerpiece fish adds so much to a tank when you have smaller schoolers throughout.

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I don't really have a want for a larger fish. If the fish isn't flushable, I don't want it. 6 Corys, 10 Neons, and maybe 6 of a top swimmer, and I think I'm done with fish. The rest will be bottom dwelling inverts.

I would like to add 5 amano shrimp and 10 RCS just to see how the mixed shrimp species get along (Survival of the fittest). My snail population is finally rising, so I will be adding a few assassin snails soon. So far my favorite thing in my tank is the ghost shrimp. They are so active. I actually saw one ride a cory cat like a bronco, but I admit it may have been accidental.

I am leaning towards Rasboras since they are nice looking, they are small, and fairly hardy in a well maintained tank. Price is right also. Hatchetfish are a no, since I like my tank open on top.

thanks for all the recommendations!
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I've got some red arc pencilfish mixed in with my espei rasboras. The pencilfish tend to hang out among the roots of the duckweed, occasionally a bit lower. The rasboras prefer to swim roughly 1/3 of the way down with occasional forays to the top or lower levels. The two species will loosely school together where their preferred levels overlap. The rasboras seem more inclined to school than the pencilfish do. I suspect the rasboras are the ones who are actively maintaining the schools, and the pencilfish just drop in when they feel nervous. Not sure how the pencilfish would behave without floating plants.
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Assassin's will eat all of your snails unless they are nerites or Apple snails. Dwarf Gourami only reach about 3 or 4 inches at most. Rcs don't always do well with ghost shrimp. Ghost shrimp can and will kill them. Harlequin Raspboras will reach 2 inches each and are great fish, though they aren't really a top of the tank fish, more mid to top just like the neon. If you like Raspboras you may also look into pearl danio or celestials. They are great schoolers, change colors and are very active towards the top of the tank.

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you could try a golden wonder killie. they stay fairly small, are coloful (males are at least) and peaceful. they are always at the surface or close to it at the shop i work at

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i have zebra's danio's and they zoom around all over the place. Leopards are the same. The rest of my fish kinda chill at the bottom.

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Assassin's will eat all of your snails unless they are nerites or Apple snails. Dwarf Gourami only reach about 3 or 4 inches at most. Rcs don't always do well with ghost shrimp. Ghost shrimp can and will kill them. Harlequin Raspboras will reach 2 inches each and are great fish, though they aren't really a top of the tank fish, more mid to top just like the neon. If you like Raspboras you may also look into pearl danio or celestials. They are great schoolers, change colors and are very active towards the top of the tank.

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Pearl Danios are interesting. As for the Assassins, the whole point of me welcoming snails into my tank was to let the assassins have a field day. I think If I add three assassins they may be able to take out my medium sized Nerites. If the ghost shrimp kill the RCS, I will be okay with that. I think adding the Amano along with the RCS may have a neutralizing affect or maybe not. It may be anarchy, but it's okay as long as I have a front row seat. If my RCS die off, I will try adding a larger population and see if they can win with ant like numbers. I will definitely check out some Danio's. Just watched a few videos, and I really like them.

Once I have my stock finished for this tank, I'm going to get a 40B. This stuff is addictive.
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