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I have a school of rummy nose tetras in my planted. I love their silver bodies against the green plants. I think most tetras you would find at the usual fish store would be good in a 40 gal tank
 

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Harlequin rasboras, yeah not tetras but they school tight and are hardy. I had a school of 25 cardinals, never would see them as they dont tolerate high light. I have 15 h. Rasboras in my 40b im going to get more i love them.

I was torn as i always wanted rummys but since they are so delicate i chose the harequins.
 

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I like barbs. Are they ok community fish though?
Depends on the species, some of them ( like Tiger barbs..) are a bit rambunctious in a tank of slower, calmer fish. Cherry Barbs and Checkerboards are fairly mellow and stay small. Good fish for large schools. Any barb like these should be kept in a school of at least 8.
 

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Thank you for the replies! I love the look of cherry barbs. :) I'll also look into the tetras everyone is suggesting. The tank has right now 7 guppies (don't care if fry become good snacks), & I just ordered 5 long finned panda cories.

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Not one question about water chemistry in the tank?GH,pH.
Guppies thrive in hard alkaline water,tetra's might adapt, depending on how hard the water is and species.Many prefer softer/softish water.
Barb's are pretty forgiving IME.
Panda cory's seem to do best in mature tanks that are several month's old ,and prefer softer water than say guppies,or other livebearer's.
I believe panda cory's are perhaps the most sensitive of the cory's .
 

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I have a pretty big barb collection. If I restocked today it would be all black ruby barbs. They are pretty to begin with but once you grow them out for a year they get spectacular. Odessa males are also great but the females aren't as pretty as the black ruby ones.
 
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