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Schools of fish

I was wondering if it was better to keep only one species of fish that school in your tank. I had a school of black neon tetras in my tank and then added regular neon ones. I thought it would be cool initially but after i wasn't too hot about the idea.

Should i remove the neon tetras?
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Are you asking this from a compatibility standpoint? I don't know too much about the black neons, but I can tell you from personal experience that more than one school in a tank is possible. I have about 3 dozen silver tips in my tank, as well as 7 emperor tetras and 9 pencil fish. I don't have any compatibility problems and I personally enjoy the variety...

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I mean visually. It seemed to look better with only one school in it.
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I think then, that it totally boils down to your personal preference...

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I think that it depends on the size of the tank. When the 125 (6ft)was up and running I had 25 rasboras and 10 lemon tetras. It was great to have the two schools, which did infact for the most part remain as two seperate entities. But when I moved them to the 110(4ft) they all huddled together and lost their appeal. I can't wait to get the 125 back up and running as a planted tank and get the two schools back in there. That was after all what made the tank IMO.

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Depends entirely on your personal preference.

But the same way most people will recommend that you not give in to "1 of each" collectoritis in terms of plant selection, many folks also will say a smaller number of grouped fish is more aesthetically pleasing than 1 of each.

Tetras of similar size will often school together. For example, your black and regular neons. One benefit of a uniform school is that the eye treats it as a single entity, instead of seeking out differences.

My personal preference is to stick with 1 or at most 2 types of similar fish in a single aquarium. For example, in my 30 I have only glow-lite tetras (plus otos and blue rams). In my 55 I have 2:1 serpae and red-eyes. In the past, when I have had more than 2 species of a similar fish in a single tank, I have regretted it.
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