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Old 09-25-2013, 07:00 AM   #1
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Boraras Briggittae or Cardinal


Trying to decide if I should get more boraras briggittae or get some cardinal tetras. I already have boraras in a tank, bought ten and was given 11, but 4 jumped and so 7 left. That's the reason for conundrum. It seems at least in my limited experiece, had them for 2 weeks, that they are really jumpy little guys and I have a rimless aquarium... not the best combination. Right now the school looks pretty darn thin with just 7 left and I want to either fill it out with some more boraras, or get some cardinals, which from my experience and searches on the forum seem to support are less jumpy. Actualy never had one jump on me. The thing is that would leave me with a small school of boraras and cardinals. so...

What do you guys think is a good solution? Get cardinals? Boraras? By the way these guys would go into a 11.4 gallon mr aqua with a pair of blue rams. The rams leave the boraras i have completely alone.

Also, if I go with cardinal how many do you think I can get? I have eyeing msjinkzed cardinals for $2 a pop at 1".
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Old 09-25-2013, 09:02 AM   #2
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Go with the brigittae and get the cardinals their own tank. Both are my favorites!
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Maybe you need more Chilis for them to be comfortable? I have 16 or so in my 15 gal. that I got from her, with 7 CPD, and none of them are jumpy. There are a lot of plants, and water lettuce floating, so that might help make them more comfortable.

I had a 10 neons in it previous to that, and seemed like they wanted a bigger tank to zoom around in, so I rehomed them, and got the Chilis and CPD.

Before the neons I tried 6 cherry barbs, but they really zoomed around, a couple were very territorial. A friend took them for a 40 breeder where they are very happy.

The CPDs and Chilis seem perfectly happy in the 15. I also have Cherry shrimp.

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Maybe you need more Chilis for them to be comfortable? I have 16 or so in my 15 gal. that I got from her, with 7 CPD, and none of them are jumpy. There are a lot of plants, and water lettuce floating, so that might help make them more comfortable.

I had a 10 neons in it previous to that, and seemed like they wanted a bigger tank to zoom around in, so I rehomed them, and got the Chilis and CPD.

Before the neons I tried 6 cherry barbs, but they really zoomed around, a couple were very territorial. A friend took them for a 40 breeder where they are very happy.

The CPDs and Chilis seem perfectly happy in the 15. I also have Cherry shrimp.
thanks for the advice. I am ordering 10 more which should give me 17 total. Hopefully that helps make them feel more at home
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:31 PM   #5
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I find cardinals to jump as much as anything else so I don't think it will be the solution you are looking for. Cardinals can also get quite big, rarely do you see them very large for sale but they can get over 2 inches with a long, healthy life. I would say get some more boraras briggittae myself. I have also found some fish are less likely to jump when they have fish around that have a pretty "I don't care what's going on around me behavior. Guppies for example, they just do there thing, don't really pay much attention to you, other fish, etc. Not always the solution but that can help with jumpers that get spoked easily and jump.
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Old 09-26-2013, 12:13 AM   #6
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I should have noted that in addition to maybe 1/3 to 1/2 the surface covered by floating plants, I do have a glass canopy. But, the front and back 3" are open. I have had a couple Endlers jump out, and found a couple shrimp dried up on top of the canopy, but as far as I know, all the Chilis, CPD have stayed put.

My Chilis don't swim around that much. They stay in the top half of the tank, looking here and there in the water lettuce roots or other plants for bits of food, or maybe for baby shrimp. They loosely group together, but I would not say they swim in a school. Maybe if they were in a bigger tank they would.

Cool little fish! They go nicely with the CPDs too.
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