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Old 04-04-2013, 09:46 PM   #1
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Any suggestions - my' first planted tank.


Hello everyone, I'm trying to decide what kind of fish to populate my' eheim aquastyle 9 with and figured I'd post a thread with some of my' ideas. Below are some characteristics I'd like that describe what I'm looking for.

small (the smaller the better, ideally an inch or less in length)
Perky and cute behavior
Non violent
fun to watch and visually appealing
does well in medium to low light
Inexpensive
Not too rare that they're hard to obtain/find, feed or care for etc.
hardy

I'm trying to decide what direction to take my' tank and it makes sense to select the fish ahead of time before the plants so that they can be matched together. At first I was thinking of just getting a male and female better and keeping the tank heavily planted. This would be nearly perfect as the fish meet most of my' requirements except that I'd like fish even smaller and something a bit less typical. I love bettas but this is my' first planted tank and I seem most impressed with setups that showcase smaller fish in groups.. . I want to try and keep the plantlife and fish so that their' water requirements are similar enough.. lol any suggestions?
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:33 PM   #2
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How about a school of Chili Rasboras, Celetsial Pearl Danios or Ruby Tetras?

There is also Dario Dario, might need live/frozen foods though.
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Old 04-05-2013, 01:48 AM   #3
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CPD's are a great choice, not difficult at all and school well, also known as Galaxy Rasboras
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Endler's livebearers maybe? If you only have males, they're very pretty and you won't be overwhelmed with fry.

Also, not a schooler, but when I had a 10 gallon, I kept a honey gourami and it was a great little fish. They're fine with other fish, just not with each other
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I'm in the planning stages of a 12 right now so stocking will be similar. I've been looking EVERYWHERE for "centerpiece fish" and they really are hard to find for this tank size. I will be going with CPDs shrimp (species/colors TBD) with POSSIBLY a pair of dario dario (which require frozen food) In my research I have found some really cool killifish that can do ok in smaller tanks but most will eat shrimp (which may not be a problem for you?)
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Cherry Barbs seem to fit the description perfectly!
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I would agree with cherry barbs but a 9 may be a bit too small for them, I would say about a 20 gal. would be suitable IMO.

How about Glowlight Tetras? not the genetically altered ones.
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