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Schooling fish

SO im starting up a 56 gallon, and im planning on getting Harlequin Rasboras, and maybe neons, but i was wondering what other schooling fish would be good. i was thinking maybe boesemani rainbows. Help plz
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Rummynosed tetras are great schoolers. High-strung, but they cling to each other really tightly!
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for what its worth, i have a bunch of Harlequin's, and while they do tend to hang near each other, they do not do much in the way of schooling. a lot of the time they each tend to do their own thing.
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large school of cardinals, with a smaller one of rummynose...thats win for sure!


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Bloodfins school pretty tightly.
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I have a shoal of 25 Cardinal tetras - they stay close together but don't move about a great deal.

I used to have a shoal of Black Neons - they shoaled tightly and were always on the move, great to watch!

I also have a small shoal of green micro-rasporas and they look superb, stay together and are always in constant motion in the upper part of the water column.

Endlers are another possibility.
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boesemani don't really school. They skoal. Also it typically takes some larger fish to cause the school to form and stay tight. Seems they need to have a little fear that if they leave the school they might be eaten.

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I agree with Jhunt regarding bloodfins. I had about 20 in a 100-gallon years ago and was amazed with their schooling instincts. They not be as flashy as cardinals or rainbows, but the schooling affect is shear beauty. That was 25 years back and my brother STILL takes about those fish. There's never a mention about those old cardinals, BTW.



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you could try some Cory's.. not everyone's cities school but when they do its awesome.

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Rummynose tetras, Glowlight tetras and Bloodfin tetras are the best schooling fishes in my opinion. For interesting social activity, a group of Zebra loaches or Kuhli loaches is a lot of fun to watch.

I even have duckweed in my water bong!
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I have 8 black neon tetras and they don't school well. Maybe when I get more they will school better.
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I agree with Jhunt regarding bloodfins. I had about 20 in a 100-gallon years ago and was amazed with their schooling instincts. They not be as flashy as cardinals or rainbows, but the schooling affect is shear beauty. That was 25 years back and my brother STILL takes about those fish. There's never a mention about those old cardinals, BTW.
I like my bloodfins, they stay together for the most part and school well. cardinals mix in and school with them as well.

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Rummynosed tetras are great schoolers. High-strung, but they cling to each other really tightly!
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