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I have a 37 gal low tech planted tank with 2 neon tetras, 8 endlers live bearers, 7 rummy nose, 6 checker barbs, 7 rasbora heteromorpha and all of them stay half way down or lower in the tank. What would you suggest to add to have some fish at the top half. I have thought of small angles or blue gourami.
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i would go with gourami maybe never kept them with tetras through i have opalines golden and kissing and they are at all layers in my 37 gal

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Strange. My endlers and rasbora het tend to be hang out in the upper half of the tank. How about hatchets, danios, white cloud mountain minnows?
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mollies most fish apart from dedicated bottom feeders such as cat fish will be foundf at all levels of a tank

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I have always found danios to stay right at or near the surface of the water. I have some Congo tetras in my 55 gallon that seem to stay near the surface, but they may be too large to add many in a 37 gallon.
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Look at the jaw design on guppies and mollies, its designed to eat from the surface fish with that build will generally be more top dwelling "generally"

All of my tetras seem to hang in the middle to bottom

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There are several genus of top swimming killifish - such as Aplocheilus, Epiplatys, and Chromaphyosemion. The lampeyes also stay at the top for the most part.
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Wite cloud mountain minnows will stay up there. My rasboras won't be found near the bottom but I think your 37 is probably a tall tank which will change the way fish act as compared to a relatively squat tank like my 20L. But I've found that the white clouds stayed in the top 4 inches of the water column in both the 10 gallon and 75 gallon. And they stay fairly small so a school of 6 or 7 (maybe more depending on allot of other factors) should be OK in your tank as opposed to hatchets or even dwarf gouramis as both of these will get bigger than the minnows.

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hatchets, halfbeaks, clown killies.

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Ya, I second the clown killies as long as you have a lid. Awesome fish.
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I have a 37 gal low tech planted tank with 2 neon tetras, 8 endlers live bearers, 7 rummy nose, 6 checker barbs, 7 rasbora heteromorpha and all of them stay half way down or lower in the tank. What would you suggest to add to have some fish at the top half. I have thought of small angles or blue gourami.
You said low tech, what sort of plants do you keep?

All fish love "water jungles" for coverage security. Probably cutting down on light or adding floating plants will entice their curiosity to get closer to surface.
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You said low tech, what sort of plants do you keep?

All fish love "water jungles" for coverage security. Probably cutting down on light or adding floating plants will entice their curiosity to get closer to surface.
Very good point... Didn't think of this....

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You said low tech, what sort of plants do you keep?

All fish love "water jungles" for coverage security. Probably cutting down on light or adding floating plants will entice their curiosity to get closer to surface.
I keep anubias and crypts mostly
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by guppies and platies like to sit in the light and not under the floating salvina that i have do you feed floating feed?? if you are feeding a fast sinking feed then they will instinctilvy sit lower

40 gallon dirt tank
5 Gallon planted bonsai dirt tank
1 Bearded Dragon ''Spyro''
Normal Leopard Gecko ''Shadow''
Super hypo tangerine baldy carrot tail leopard gecko ''Moon''
2 whites tree frogs ''Ying and Yang''
1 Royal Python ''Neptune''
1 Veiled Chameleon '' Yoshi''
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