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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-31-2010, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
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what fish would go well with neons?

I'm looking for find another fish that would go well with neon tetras (i.e. needs to be super peaceful) in my tank.

I'm trying to decide between black neon tetras and glow-lite tetras. Any ideas? (other fish suggestions would be good too)

Are the black neon colors as bright under fluorescent lighting as the true neons' are?
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-31-2010, 10:06 PM
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Rummy nose tetras or Threadfin Rainbows (they stay small like neons, subtle but beautiful colors).
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Good suggestions, but unfortunately LFS doesn't carry those or else rummynoses would be my first choice.

I can pick from:
black neon
glo lite
rasbora
zebra danio
cherry barb
skirt tetra
white clouds
x-ray tetras
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I would get a school of x-ray tetras, as blackskirts are a little agressive as far as tetras go.

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I've got zebra danios with my neons and they get along just fine.
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Gold tetras. They're all silver with a tiny gold stripe across them and a black dot on their tail. I have 4 golds and 6 neons.
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Get more neons!

I have about 20 in my 48gal, and they all stick together and cruise around..
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I'd just say stay away from fish that can swallow them. Also, if you keep fish that are slow or finicky feeders with them, you may have to feed them individually as the neons will quickly gobble up any food you throw in the tank.
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Instead of getting another mid-tank dweller, I would suggest getting some bottom-dwelling Corys. They will be fine with your Neons and are really cute. Tetras are pretty but also tend to be pretty boring, while Corys have tons of personality

I don't think it looks that great to have more than one type of schooling fish per tank. We have Rummy Noses and Neons living together, and I think it looks sort of chaotic. I would prefer to have just one type, but we can never decide which ones we would give up : )

I don't like Danios because they're so hyper. That's just my opinion though.
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The energy is what I love about the danios! They're always so active and I love watching them
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Danios are very active top level swimmers but they aren't very colorful. I have a male and female betta in my tank with 20 neons (among other fish) and they get along great.
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I'm surprised you're able to keep a male/female pair of betta together. My males are always so aggressive.
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I guess I have a mellow one. He doesn't even mess with my dwarf gourami anymore, he did for a couple of days but everyone gets along great now.
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Why not just have your LFS order something you really like, you mentioned rummynose tetras, the are available through nearly all wholesale sources. I tell people all the time at work "don't get a fish just to get a fish, get something you love".
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I don't know how big your tank is, so these might not work. But I just got 3 dwarf gourami to with with my 20 neon tetras and so far everyone is happy and peaceful.


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