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I've just put about 40 fish into my 6X2.5

I'm not sure about so many in there, they are not really schooling and look more interested in sucking gravel for food...

what are your experiences with this fish?

I've found harlequin rasboras in the past to be excellent schooling fish...
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I found Rummy Nose Tetras to be a very tight shoaler. When first put into a tank, they tend to isolate themselves from everyone else and each other as they adjust, but given a day or so, they form an inseperable (and beautiful) shoal.
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Most of the time mine school very tightly. I think yours will too, in time.

Especially if you plan to add some bigger fish at some time (e.g. Discus). The presence of a larger predator will trigger much tighter schooling.

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I bought mine at the LFS and they were very little, about 1" their noses werent even red. Now they are about 2" and their faces are all bright red and the tail markings are really distinct. I had the same experience with the non shoaling, but when I added more schooling fish, Cardinals, they started zooming around the tank together in no time.
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You added 40 fish all at once? I suppose this is a larger tank, but I'd still watch the chemistries close IF the tank isn't very heavily planted and pearling. Just a heads up...
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Most of the time mine school very tightly. I think yours will too, in time.

Especially if you plan to add some bigger fish at some time (e.g. Discus). The presence of a larger predator will trigger much tighter schooling.
I totally agree. My fish school more tighly in the presence of larger fish, even it the fish aren't large enough to swallow them whole. P.S. Rummy noses are awesome little fish.
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cool i will add discus soon then..

or maybe some piranhas...
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Rummy Noses and Discus requires frequent water change so you have a perfect match in there. :lol:
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i am hoping that 270 gallons, 7 discus, 45 rummy noses, 20 sterbai corys and 7 congos will be a decent load that I will only have to change 30% once a week...

:?: am I too idealistic :P

It's just a lot of trouble to bring the hose to the tank and back again.. water changes take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours..
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If I were you.. I would bank on changing more water then that.

I keep many many many loaches.... Some of them are extremely sensitive so I have to keep my water quality in pretty tight control (50% weekly does the trick). I my 135 Gallon I keep the following:

7 Clown Loaches
3 Dojo Loaches
4 Kuhli Loaches
3 Horseface Loaches
3 Botia Histrionica
1 Botia Rostrata
1 Botia Dario
3 Botia Striata
3 Gouramis
1 Angelfish
2 Bala's
1 small pleco (temporary)
15 Oto's
3 SAE's

Now you're tank volume is going to be double mine, but you will also have fish that MUCH messier then mine, and more sensitive.. Discus are notoriously messy eaters and with all that meaty food floating around your water quality will take a dive pretty quickly (my loaches also eat a lot of meaty stuff, but they pick the sand clean).

I spend a day a week cleaning my tanks... Usually its sunday. I start draining the tanks and watch some TV, study, read... anything


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