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Which shools the most: Cardinal, Neon, Black Neon or Harlequin Rasbora?

I want a schooling fish that will school closely together. Not scattered. I have a 90 gallon that heavily planted.

Which one, out of these, schools the most and closely always? Cardinal tetras, neon tetras, black neon tetras, or harlequin rasboras? which ever one I choose, I'll buy 8 - 12 of them.

I've had 6 neons before but i remember they tend to scatter off a bit. I want one that will always school together and very closely. This is cause i think it looks better and looks more cool.

If you can think of other types that shools closely together, please tell me.

other fish in the 90 g include tiger barbs, blue gouramis, siamese algae eaters, bristlenose pleco, oto cat, kuhli loach and 1 redtail shark.

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My rasbora's school very well most of the time, so I vote for them.

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Out of the options you gave, the black neons did the best for me.
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The Rasbora's do amazingly well for me. They tend to stay in the upper portion of the tank and were a very active group. Can't really compare them to the others, but I've been happy with them.
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Yeah out of the choices i would pick cardinals IMO i also recommend rummynose tetras they school well also..

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Rasboras FTW!

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Rummynose, but as thats not an option, I like Black neons the most of that group.
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I've tried a lot of those, if not all but I find that the fish that schools the very best is the Bloodfin Tetra. Hood'a thunk?
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Bloodfin tetras Are shoaling quite well in one of my tanks. Unlike any other I have seen...


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I'd say if you're only putting 8-12 of them in a 90 gallon, none of them will school very well. My experience has always been "The bigger the school, the better the schooling."
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I have around 25 T. heteromorpha (Rasbora het.) in a 90g, and they school okay...At times they are better than others. I'm certain that increasing their numbers would have a positive affect on schooling...
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I've tried a lot of those, if not all but I find that the fish that schools the very best is the Bloodfin Tetra. Hood'a thunk?
What he ^ said.

I have 9 Bloodfins in my tank and they only shoal when they're scared. Otherwise, they play tag all day with the entire school and sometimes forage alone in the thicket. Very fun to watch these active fish. They're also very beautiful, in a plain way .
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I had cardinals that schooled very well once I got them in a group greater than 10. If you are open to other fish rummy nose school very tightly and swim faster in these schools.
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What he ^ said.

I have 9 Bloodfins in my tank and they only shoal when they're scared. Otherwise, they play tag all day with the entire school and sometimes forage alone in the thicket. Very fun to watch these active fish. They're also very beautiful, in a plain way .
I have 9 bloodfins in my 75 and most of the time they roaming around the tank and I have found them to be very skittish (hide when I approach the tank). That said, I do see them occasionally schooling very well... I'm thinking about getting some cardinals in hopes they will be better.
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Our Rasboras School very well!
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