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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-25-2012, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
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Stocking a 40b with microfish, need suggestions

Hi guys. I'm tearing down my fish tank to move it, and when I put it back together I'm going to use a different stock. I've been wanting to do a micro tank with shrimps.


So, first off, I want each fish to have amazing colors, and I want them to be diverse as possible. I've been thinking Chili Rasbora for reds, ans blueberry shrimp for blues.... And that's all I have I need help with other suggestions. Also, are there any larger fish I can use as a centerpiece who wouldn't eat all my midget fish and shrimp?
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-25-2012, 08:10 PM
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I really like that idea. I can't think of a centerpiece that wont eat shrimp though. I don't think you need a centerpiece though, the blue and red will look great
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post #3 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-25-2012, 10:15 PM
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Stay away from Blueberries if you want blue. They don't stay dark blue and they don't breed true. I'd go with Blue Velvets instead.
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I also heard this^^ forgot to mention it
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Ooooh blue velvets are pretty. I'll need to switch that up.

Still stuck on colors. We need a color chart for fish

I like scarlet badis though. It's a dwarf species and has nice red stripes.

What's a bright green, and bright yellow/gold addition I can do to the tank?
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What about gold white clouds for the yellow/gold?
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post #7 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-26-2012, 02:18 AM
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How about ember tetras and M kubotai
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There is a tiny Killie, the Clown Killie, if I remember right. Really sharp black and white, and stays right at the top.
There are several fish with iridescent blue rings around their eyes. One is a Rasbora, another is one of the Pseudomugils.
Another of the Pseudomugils is one of the brightest yellows of the small fish. Scroll through all the species here at this page, not all are available. Several are really nice yellows.
http://rainbowfish.angfaqld.org.au/reticulatus.htm
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For sure, velvet shrimp, scarlet badis, clown khuli, and chili rasbora. I'm skeptical of having two schools in one tank, otherwise I'd like the clowds idea.
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those clown killies are great. can also try rosy loach (yunnanilus sp 'rosy' they stay tiny but dont know if they chomp on crusteasions
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Oh wow, those are preeeeeeetty.

I've been looking around and think that velvet shrimp and those rosy loach will be great for my substrate.

For the top, I'm leaning towards clown khuli. The ones in my show tank at work just kinda hover at the top most of the day. So that's fine with me.

In the middle, my main school, I'm wanting the flashiest fish I can. I'm thinking tinwini danio may be nice, if not CPD. The chili rasbora are also nice, but I'd like to flesh out the variety of colors in the tank - and I like the rosy loach for red more than the chili ras. Gold white clouds may also be an option - they're a much different color than the yellow/black of the khuli.
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Maybe these aren't flashy enough, but Daisy's rice fish might fit your requirements. They aren't exactly micro fish (1 1/2 -2 inches at adult size), But they really like planted tanks (at least mine do) and they don't bother my adult cherry shrimp, although they like frozen brine shrimp and probably do eat baby shrimp. Males are sky blue with orange outline to belly, tail fin, and pectoral fins. Females have the same orange outlines, but are a sort of metallic pale yellow. You need more females than males.
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There is a really tiny Rasbora (I think it is) that is iridescent blue. I saw it at Neptunes in Milpitas, CA. Shinier blue than Cardinal Tetras.

I would not trust a Loach. Even the littlest will probably eat shrimp babies.
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I'm going to have a carpet of HC or tears or somesuch, so there will be good hiding room for newborn babies. I can't find this blue rasbora you speak of, and the rice fish aren't as flashy as I'd like
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post #15 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-30-2012, 04:25 PM
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Pseudepiplatys annulatus is the Clown Killifish. Killie, not Kuhlie.
Sundadanio axelrodi 'Blue' might be the Neon Blue Rasbora. All the pictures I have seen on line are not good enough. Maybe I have the wrong name? This is a REALLY blue fish.
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