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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-17-2019, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
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Question Adding a school to a 55 (pics included)

I have a 55 with black sand over top gravel substrate.

Currently it has
24 tetras (mostly cardinals but a few neon)
5 golden barbs
2 yoyo loaches
1 angelfish
1 German ram
1 assassin snail


I was thinking of adding another school (corys?) or making the barb school larger.

Thoughts?

Here are some pics, my Driftwood is all still soaking
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Ouch! This may not sound nice but feel must warn you on one bib point. Do a bit of checking on the angelfish/ neon combo as I normally do not recommend it. Do some watching as you chase some of the neon around and you are likely to find they go up to the top, then look at how the angelfish behave and you might note that they are often looking upward when food hits the water.
Neon do not have it in the genes to go down and hide and that puts them in exactly the spot where angels look for food! At some point, the angel gets big enough to do the natural thing.
Other than sounding like a wet blanket on the whole program, I do like the idea of a group of cories as they fit well with the others and rarely cause any difficulty while they are certainly entertaining to watch. I tend to think of them as the circus clowns of the tank as they bumble and stumble around, shooting to the top to catch a bubble of air and often landing smack in the middle of a group of their fellows who may shoot off as if bombed!!
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Interestingly enough, the Neons and Cardinals tend to hang mid to bottom even during feeding times. The angel goes straight to the top eats and has never ever messed with any of them. When I got the Cardinals they were just barely showing a blue stripe and very small. The angelfish still did not mess with them.

I've never had Corys but I've always thought that their bumbling was rather entertaining.
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Interestingly enough, the Neons and Cardinals tend to hang mid to bottom even during feeding times. The angel goes straight to the top eats and has never ever messed with any of them. When I got the Cardinals they were just barely showing a blue stripe and very small. The angelfish still did not mess with them.

I've never had Corys but I've always thought that their bumbling was rather entertaining.
Totally acceptable to have a tank which differs from what I've seen before!!
I should stamp somewhere on my hand that I should never say "Never! when it comes to how fish will behave. There are times when things go totally against what we might call "normal" so it is possible that the angel has grown up being around neons which did not look like food until it doesn't consider it.
So perhaps I should have stated it as a potential rather than a true current problem? Just being aware of it in case the neon numbers start to drop? Just as people do vary, fish act different in different tanks and at differ times. Part of the fun to wonder just what happens today!
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She has been with neon s since I got her. The Neons were in the tank first. I think the key here is that the Neons already existed and were full size in an established tank when I got the angelfish. So even when I added 20 Cardinal that were just barely bigger than fry, she didn't see them as food.
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