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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-30-2019, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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Help Choosing A Second Schooling Fish!

Hello everyone!

So I have a 33 gal planted tank and my current stocking is:

- 3 Pearl Gourami
- 13 Neon Tetra
- 6 Amano Shrimp
- 3 Otocinclus

I'd like to get a second set of schooling fish that would contrast nicely with the neons. They'd obviously have to be compatible with the rest of my fish and school reasonably tight. I'd prefer contrasting colors such as orange or yellow, however, I'm open to suggestions. So far my most likely candidate are Lambchop/Espei Rasboras, but the ones I've seen in my LFS have very little coloring.

Looking forward to hearing back from you all, thanks in advance!
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Bloodfin Tetras are pretty cool. Also what about Rummynose Tetras? Lemon tetras or Pristella tetras also have some yellow coloring.
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Silver tip tetras are worth a look


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Ember tetra

Lampeye panchax

Lime green Rasboras
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Love the kubotai rasboras also. Lots of cool rasboras out there, I even love the plain ol' hets. Rummynose are one of my top 5 freshwater community fish. If your temps are under 78, white clouds are great and spawn a ton which adds food diversity your tank. I love the long-finned variant, which usually have a little more intense color also. Cory cats won't school "tight" by any stretch but are another fun addition if the water is on the cooler side.
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Thanks a lot for all the feedback! Harlequins are great, but for whatever reason, I always preferred the bold orange color of the lambchop/espei rasboras as opposed to the pink/bronze color of the harlequins. I like the shape and size of the harlequins more though.

Regarding the coloring of lambchop rasboras, the ones I've seen in stores tend to be mostly transparent, apart from the lambchop black shape, there's quite a small surface area of orange. Will this increase with time in my tank?

Thanks for all the support!
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I'm with DaveKS on this one. Ember Tetras are awesome in your tank.

They'd provide awesome contrast and would really pop with all the bright greens and black.

(Those Neos look great in your tank!)


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I went to the store for harlequin rasboras and ended up with porkchops. I'm very happy with the choice. They've only been in the 125 for about a month now but they stay together a lot. I'm building stock in the tank. Right now there are 7 Denison Barbs, 8 Porkchop Rasboras, 1 head and tail light tetra and I think 3 Ottos. The 6 small D Barbs hang together a lot. (the other one is huge) and the head and tail light tetra jumps right in with the porkchop school a lot. I'd like about 8-10 more of the porkchops.
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