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post #16 of 55 (permalink) Old 03-26-2019, 09:32 PM
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where you at in TN? I can cut glass and I'm an hour south of nashville.

Pygmy corys are awesome. We have 10 in our guppy tank.
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+1 on endlers, of course any fish can jump, but I've read on a few sources now that true endlers are unlikely to. I've certainly never had mine jump and they've been in a rimless tank for several months now. Just make sure not to fill all the way to the top, the water line on the first photo looks perfect.

I'd stick with all males, endlers may breed more slowly than guppies, but they do still breed at a fair rate. Mine don't eat their fry either, but I don't know if that's the case for all of them. I'm not sure if Japanese Lyretails are hybrids or not, but if they are and you want a "pure" endler, then I'd absolutely recommend Blue Star endlers. I have them in my main tank (journal in my signature) and they're lovely little fish.
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I can cut glass and I'm an hour south of nashville.
Thanks for the offer - I'll touch base if I decide to go that route.

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+1 on endlers, of course any fish can jump, but I've read on a few sources now that true endlers are unlikely to. I've certainly never had mine jump and they've been in a rimless tank for several months now. Just make sure not to fill all the way to the top, the water line on the first photo looks perfect.

I'd stick with all males, endlers may breed more slowly than guppies, but they do still breed at a fair rate. Mine don't eat their fry either, but I don't know if that's the case for all of them. I'm not sure if Japanese Lyretails are hybrids or not, but if they are and you want a "pure" endler, then I'd absolutely recommend Blue Star endlers. I have them in my main tank (journal in my signature) and they're lovely little fish.
I hadn't really considered the possible difference in behavior between a "pure" endler and a hybrid. Thanks for the food for thought. I'll check out the Blue Stars!
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@shattersea I'm not sure there's a huge amount of behavioural difference, although there's anecdotal evidence that male endlers are less aggressive with each other than guppies. I've certainly noticed it with my own endlers vs. my family's guppies. They also seem to be less delicate than a lot of guppies/guppy hybrids as they're not as overbred, but this is purely anecdotal too.

The only solid difference is that true endlers are a little smaller and have a lower bioload, so you could have a few more.

That said, I do think it's good to have reserves of wild-type fish species being kept by hobbyists. Although hybrids are lovely, there's no way to get back to the original types once they've all been hybridised.

Either way, please do update us when you stock the tank, whatever you choose, the tank looks gorgeous already and I desperately wish I could get one in the UK

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If you decide on endlers, take a look at the yellow tiger endlers. I have a group of 9 blue star endler males in a 20g tank which are pretty fish but I find them a bit dark. I've just added a single male/female pair of the yellow tiger endlers to a Spec V tank to try them and I really like the brighter coloration on this male. As they are a young pair, I'm currently waiting to see if they will breed but may add another pair in the near future. I have mine with some habrosus cories, which you could also add for some action along the bottom. The endlers will tend to stay nearer the top.

I'll also add a plug for the peacock gudgeons. I have 3 of these alone in a 5.5g tank and love this fish. Seriously Fish indicates that they may be jumpers and my tank does have a lid. But I haven't noticed any behavior like that. You could try a few of these, and still add some tiger endlers as the gudgeons are said to be peaceful with many other smaller fish. They do like some sort of cave structure (I have a coconut shell and a piece of driftwood whose bottom forms a cave.)

Here is a species spotlight video from Rachel O'Leary on this fish

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Thanks for the feedback. Whatever fish I choose needs to be light/bright colored to stand out against the black lava rock and black background. I think a darker fish would be easily lost. I do have a cave structure built into the rockwork which might work perfectly for a gudgeon.
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Just kidding but have you considered an Archer Fish? Itís a beautiful tank design thanks for posting!
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Just kidding but have you considered an Archer Fish? Itís a beautiful tank design thanks for posting!

That thought always crosses my mind on tanks like this. Of course they get too big and too likely to jump (hence you were kidding) but how cool would it be to release some crickets on that mountain and watch the Archers blast them off!
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I think minimalism goes good in nano tanks, i would do just a single betta, with some shrimp or snails.
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What about sparkling gourami?
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what about a school of ricefish? I saw cory on aquarium coop have them and their eyes are this cool electric blue. they're super small so you could have a larger school.
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Like an orange rice fish: Orange rice fish

Or maybe the white cloud mountain minnow

I eventually want to get some emperor tetras and I think they'd show nice in a tank with a black background.

Ooh! and if you add gold backed shrimp or cherry red shrimp to contrast with like an emperor tetra, that'd be nice

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I recently got some rasbora maculata, amazing little fish and in the right conditions shows some great colours. In the same tank as pygmy Cory's.
Two fish which I added on a whim and was pleasantly surprised.

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omg how could I forget to add some noodles! java loaches are my faves! they'd love the long tank and with the sand substrate!

Here's one of mine,

They are super smart cause they look like they wear glasses. so they are smart

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Thanks for the feedback. Whatever fish I choose needs to be light/bright colored to stand out against the black lava rock and black background. I think a darker fish would be easily lost. I do have a cave structure built into the rockwork which might work perfectly for a gudgeon.
That why I said tiger endlers! or lapanese lyre tail.... super bright....
(im going to push endlers... because i think they are a perfect compact fish)
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I'm so appreciative of all of the suggestions! Keep 'em coming!

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This is a great suggestion - unfortunately, from what I've read they are known to be jumpers....

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emperor tetras
I love the way these look - I think they will get too large for my tank, though. The scale will be off when they reach adulthood. I would definitely consider them in a larger tank.

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rasbora maculata
This is a definite possibility - I've seem some look beautiful, and some look washed out. Do they need blackwater to bring out their best?

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This is an interesting addition I hadn't considered. I wonder if I've got room for them? I'll have to do some more research on them.

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These are still on my 'maybe' list.

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These are still on the short list. I like the spade tail version. Need to find a reliable supplier of them.
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