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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-03-2005, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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Nervous looking tank

Got my 75 gallon started. stuffed it full of fast growing plants, not worried about aquascaping at the moment. My plan was to have smaller sized fish in the tank, started out with Otos, 10 Brass-Gold Tetras, 3 Sparkling Gouramis, 2 Dwarf Loaches from my 30 gallon, and now after my husbands visit to the LFS, he added fish to total 20 brass-gold tetras, 4 dwarf loaches, 6 SAE, 2 Pygmy Catfish (so cute), and now the tank, although still large, looks "busy". The fish don't school, they just swim and dart about, the fish look restless, not the look I wanted at all. Why doesn't my school of Tetras look calm and beautiful? What type of fish can I add, (or take out) that would look better? Would a few larger fish look better than a large school of small ones?
PS The same fish looked gorgeous in my 30 gallon--why?
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I wonder if your tetra's and the others need a little time to get used to their new home. If they don't settle down some, you can try rearranging the 'furniture' a little. I don't think that you have too many fish in there.
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You've got to remember from30 to 75 is a change for your eyes as well as for your fish. They are just trying to get use to their new envirnment. For you, you need to start thinking about just what you want your tank to look like. Regards,
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I've found that to get tetras to school it helps to have larger, more aggressive tankmates such as angels, gouramis, or even a handful of barbs. They should have enough room in the 75 gallon for comfort, but the presence of a tougher, more aggressive fish might move them about together.
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You should get a silver arowana. They are beautifull and they dont mess up your aquascape.

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Wouldn't an arowana eat everything currently in the tank?
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I've found that to get tetras to school it helps to have larger, more aggressive tankmates such as angels, gouramis, or even a handful of barbs. They should have enough room in the 75 gallon for comfort, but the presence of a tougher, more aggressive fish might move them about together.
I have a tank with 4 Bolivian Rams, 12 Cardinal Tetras and 12 Rummy Nose Tetras with 6 Rosy Barbs. The tetras are usually together in schools. It works. There's no hostility except the Rams shake their heads at each other and they sometimes lock lips.
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Arrowana's are beautiful--but wow, they do get big! I wasn't thinking of something that large! Would a pair of Rams be enough to cause the tetras to school?
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You should get a silver arowana. They are beautifull and they dont mess up your aquascape.
This is a good idea , you wouldnt have a nervous tank anymore because all that would be left is a fat bellied , very content Arowana...

Shuks... ya ever see one eat ? Its a show in itself .

Rams wont do much to help the schooling Im afraid, they need to be a larger fish with a slight aggression, most times just the large part works. Like esarkipato said...Agels or Gourami's are probably the best.
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Would Dwarf Honey Red Gouramis work? How many should I get? I already have 3 Sparkling Gouramis in the tank, and am waiting for Licorice Gourami to become available. Or do I need to go with some that are really big, like the blue gouramis? And will these larger fish be safe with my shrimp?
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Imho some of the best schoolers are rainbows. I have troop of 18 praecox rainbows, they school all tyhe time and look very beautiful.
As for Arowana well that's the crack pipe talking...

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Shuks... ya ever see one eat ? Its a show in itself .
Ya, I have a baby 12 inch silver arowana. I feed it with small commets. I like watching it hunt it's prey. I can even pet the thing when I'm dooing water changes, He swims up and circels my arm. Just don't let any fingertips dangle in the watter or you will get bit. It doesnt hurt, but it shocks the hell outta me every time.

P.S. Small fish are boring...

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Sorry if off topic. What size tank are those rainbows in, Botia? Is that the 70 gallon with the several loaches? I plan to pick some up in a week or so, ratio of 2 males: 3 females.

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Oh my-those Rainbows are beautiful. Thank you so much for the picture--what a treat! Are Rainbows gentle fish? Do they get along with Tetras, cause that is what I have now.
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All I can say is... That is an awesome shot of your Rainbows!
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