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post #16 of 30 (permalink) Old 09-12-2020, 03:05 PM
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Brilliant rasboras swim in the upper water column. Unlike most tetra that shoal, they are true, tight schooler and not nippy. Unlike Danio, they are calm schooler and donít rush.

Another upper water column swimmers are molly and swordtails, but they only shoal and males can be rushy.
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Hi Discusluv - thank you for those suggestions! I am not familiar with any of them but look forward to researching them later today. The rainbows are peaceful but, as you suggest, can be quite rambunctious at feeding time!

Tiger15 - Another choice I am not familiar with! Every one is giving me thoughtful and well considered suggestions. Really appreciate this!
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I recently picked up 35 Hengeli Rasbora. They are not shy at all and stay together well.
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I've seen it mentioned twice now but I'm gonna also have to chime in with Black Neons. I just picked up some for my tank and they are strong swimmers for a tetra and definitely prefer the upper middle region of the tank. They would be able to snipe food easily enough to feed themselves. I think a big school of them would look phenomenal in there. Black with the iridescent white strip and the red eye on them would definitely accent the rainbows nicely.
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You can also look at silver tip tetras - nice color, active, but can be a little aggressive with each other. Need a large school.
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I like to keep my fish from the same general part of the world. I'd go with some sort of rasbora or barbs rather than tetras.
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You can also look at silver tip tetras - nice color, active, but can be a little aggressive with each other. Need a large school.
I had them for a while. They are aggressive to not just one another, but also picked on the more peaceful rummynose. Because my school is small, they ended up killing one another.
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Rummy nose tetra's are one of my favorite schooling fish.
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What a beautiful tank! Congrats.

A school of Glowlight Danios would look great there.

My first thought, because I have a school of pinks and oranges, and they like the top 5-6 inches of the tank, although they've also been known to make excursions deep into Where the Plecos Dwell. I'd like to have 5 or 6 more but the community seems just right, for now.

Can't say if they're jumpers though, my 65 gallon is covered.
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I had them for a while. They are aggressive to not just one another, but also picked on the more peaceful rummynose. Because my school is small, they ended up killing one another.
That's unfortunate to hear. I had 8 of them in a 40B with 8 diamond tetras and 7 candy cane/Bentosi tetras and a bunch of cories. Mine didn't really seem to go after any of the fish except each other. The diamond tetras were pretty frenzied at feeding time, the Candy Cane a little less so, but otherwise rather peaceful.
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I like to keep my fish from the same general part of the world. I'd go with some sort of rasbora or barbs rather than tetras.
I'm glad that I'm not alone in that thinking, except I prefer the other side of the globe for my stock. Rainbows, barbs, and gouramis are awesome but I can't get myself to keep them. I just added 5 Amano shrimp to my 30G cube and I felt like a vegetarian about to eat a double cheeseburger with bacon.
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I would love to get some advice on selecting a school of fish for my 180 gallon tank. Ideally something that will spend most of its time in the upper half of the tank. The current residents, M. praecox rainbows, spend most of their time in the bottom half.

Here are some details that might influence the choices:
1) The tank is a 180 gallon 4ft long by 3 ft wide by 2ft tall
2) RODI with a TDS of 90 Ė 100
3) CO2 injected during the day pH is 6.75 at night and 5.5 during the day
4) EI dosing with 60% weekly water change
5) Tank has been set up for two years and pretty stable. Partially re-scaped about 4 weeks ago.
6) Lights are fairly bright and currently there are no floating plants
7) The tank is set up in a peninsula configuration with returns and gyre power heads directing flow across the top of the tank and returning across the bottom. This would be uncomfortable for species that need calm water
8) The rainbows get rowdy at feeding time. The new guys need to be able to get their share.
9) Temperature is 74 to 75 Fahrenheit

As mentioned the tank currently has 13 M praecox (10 of which are female so not a lot of color), 6 otos and 7 Sterba cories. I would like to find something that schools pretty well and is colorful. Hatchets would be cool but this is an open top tank and jumpers would be a problem.

What do you think?

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Here you can see the pretty empty top half



The fish. These guys spend much of the day fairly close together facing into the current



The two big rainbows are hybrids(?)



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Is it me or does the ph sound awfully low, especially for rainbow fish?
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Is it me or does the ph sound awfully low, especially for rainbow fish?
Rainbows in general are not very sensitive to pH levels.

In my tank, degassed pH is 6.40 and is driven down to 4.95 with CO2. And I know quite a few people with similar parameters.

Bows are healthy and long lived.


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I'm glad that I'm not alone in that thinking, except I prefer the other side of the globe for my stock. Rainbows, barbs, and gouramis are awesome but I can't get myself to keep them. I just added 5 Amano shrimp to my 30G cube and I felt like a vegetarian about to eat a double cheeseburger with bacon.
I am not that into SE Asian fish. I prefer South American and African tetras for the most part. But with Rainbowfish I would probably keep some sort of barbs or Rasboras.
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You can also look at silver tip tetras - nice color, active, but can be a little aggressive with each other. Need a large school.
I started my 25g tank with 9 Silver Tips. They have been very aggressive. They do not hurt each other but chase and bully a lot.

I will be migrating to a 72g tank in a month or so and will use the occasion to donate the fish back to my LFS.

This is a good thread as I am also looking for a large school of peaceful Tetras or Rasboras.

Thanks!
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