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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-22-2013, 08:58 PM Thread Starter
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Fish suggestions for Ripariums

What do you folks recommend for the bottom half riparium's?

Looking for general guidelines/thoughts. IE: what colors or fish-size 'show' best... What types of fishes do well in smaller tanks... tanks with low water levels... etc.

I recently put Neon tetra's and they are hardly visible with a black substrate and shade. I was considering Rainbows, Orange Platys, or a White Betta to offset the darkness.

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Cories can't be beaten IMO. Get some lighter coloured ones and they'll go great with a lower water level.

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post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-23-2013, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
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Looks like the common options for smaller tanks are:

Top: Small schooling fish: small tetras, rasboras, guppies
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Top: Single Show Fish: Dwarf Gourmis, Bolivian Ram, A single Betta

Bottom: Cories, Snails, Shrimp, Kuhli loach
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I am going to do a HM plakat, and might add a Hara Jerdoni once it is established.
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Would largely depend on tank size,and whether my water was soft or hard as to what fish I might select.
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Re: Fish suggestions for Ripariums

I keep apistogrammas in mine along with pencil fish.

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Coral red pencilfish?
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Gouramis or betta, cories, loaches, kuhli loaches
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Well thats one awesome fish....
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Well thats one awesome fish....
I got so tired of tetras, so I bought 8 wild caught coral red pencils and they are simply awesome. Just be careful about male to female ratio the males can get a bit vicious with each other but for the most part they are fine. I probably have too many males. I tried to breed a pair and the male killed the female from over harassing her into spawning. The bright red is stunning in a planted tank.

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scarlet badis are really nice. they're super small too so you can have a ton. also ember tetras
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post #14 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-11-2013, 04:56 AM
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You can put any kind of fish you want to in a riparium setup. Riparium plantings lend themselves to use with fish that might otherwise be hard to keep with plants, such as cichlids, goldfish, large oddballs and rays. Ripariums methods can also present opportunities for some special kinds of biotope representations. I made that 120G setup to look like a Mexican river with certain livebearers that I collected down there. The dense riverbank foliage with very little underwater plants was characteristic for the places that I visited along that river.

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You can put any kind of fish you want to in a riparium setup. Riparium plantings lend themselves to use with fish that might otherwise be hard to keep with plants, such as cichlids, goldfish, large oddballs and rays. Ripariums methods can also present opportunities for some special kinds of biotope representations. I made that 120G setup to look like a Mexican river with certain livebearers that I collected down there. The dense riverbank foliage with very little underwater plants was characteristic for the places that I visited along that river.

Just have to be careful not to use "tall" fish, unless the water is to the top of the tank.

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