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Old 04-15-2013, 01:35 PM   #1
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15g moderately planted tank currently contains:

7 CPD
2 Otos
4 Amano Shrimp

I plan to add:

3-4 Julii cory (or something similar)
1 GBR

I want another species of small fish, 6-7 of them, that will hopefully encourage my CPDs to come out of hiding a little more often. I have considered:

Espei or Hengeli rasboras (is the only difference coloration?)
Boraras briggitae (love them but afraid these might be small enough for the GBR to eat)
Microdevario kubotai (might not flash so well against my light colored substrate)

I'd love some more suggestions and ideas!
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Old 04-15-2013, 02:44 PM   #2
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I have had the Espei rasboras and I do like them a lot. They have a more defined red triangle than the Harlequin rasboras so they shine a bit more.

The dither fish I used for my CPD were pseudomugil rainbows. I had furcatas and gertrudae. Both were very active and the CPDs came out much more often. The only thing was that furcatas chase a lot so they need a lot of space.

Maybe pencilfish? They look good and are a schooling fish as well.
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Seems like a lot of fish for a 15


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I agree with Mumford. I would leave it as you have it. Perhaps adding 2-3 more CPDs would make them feel braver.
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I do have a tendency to overstock but I also do frequent water changes. This proposed list is no more overstocked than any of the other tanks I keep/have kept and I've never had issues. WC, WC, WC baby!
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Maybe pencilfish? They look good and are a schooling fish as well.
Are there species of pencils that stay small? All the ones I've seen have the potential to grow larger than I'm interested in.
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I've a ... Nannostomus eques? ... I think? ... which has been maybe an inch to an inch and a half long, and very, very thin for a year. Hovers at an angle among the plants at the surface, slurping tiny food with his itsy mouth.

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Chili rasboras stay small.
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Chili rasboras stay small.
+1 Chili rasboras are good nano fish
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+1 Chili rasboras are good nano fish
Are they small enough for a GBR to eat? Also, I'm afraid since they're smaller than the CPDs, they might be more shy and as a result, make the CPDs even shier.
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I keep nannostomus rubrocaudatus. It's the purple dwarf pencilfish. It stays very small and they frequent the upper strata of the tank. N. mortenthaleri are a similar and colorful species as well.Personally, the N. rubrocaudatus are more colorful to me.
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Are they small enough for a GBR to eat? Also, I'm afraid since they're smaller than the CPDs, they might be more shy and as a result, make the CPDs even shier.
GBR are by nature a micropredator, an animal who feeds off of invertebrates and small fish fry. They won't go after fully-grown chili rasboras. Chilis are very out-going and spritely. Shouldn't be shy if there is enough of them. They do jump however... something to keep in mind.
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I keep nannostomus rubrocaudatus. It's the purple dwarf pencilfish. It stays very small and they frequent the upper strata of the tank. N. mortenthaleri are a similar and colorful species as well.Personally, the N. rubrocaudatus are more colorful to me.
Beautiful fish. Interesting behavior too, based on a few videos I checked out on YouTube. How big do you reckon they get? And would they be satisfied in a group of 6?

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GBR are by nature a micropredator, an animal who feeds off of invertebrates and small fish fry. They won't go after fully-grown chili rasboras. Chilis are very out-going and spritely. Shouldn't be shy if there is enough of them. They do jump however... something to keep in mind.
I hope it will eat some of the small snails in my tank! I'm glad you warned me about the jumping as my tank is uncovered.
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