The Planted Tank Forum banner
1 - 11 of 11 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
22 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Hello everyone. long time reader, first time poster.
I have a little 7.5 gallon nano tank that is planted with rotala, monte carlo, anubias petite. Ive only had cherry shrimp and around 7 chili rasbora for months until i discovered celestial pearl danios. I really love the look of these fish but after researching on this forum, i found out that CPD’s are very timid fish, so i was hesitant to add them.
Ive finally added them BUT they are not timid at all! They are active swimmers always out and about and i enjoy watching them, however, my chili rasboras have been hiding in the stem plants for 2 weeks now, only coming out during feeding time. I miss seeing the school of chili’s swimming around and they were there before the CPD’s so it is quite unusual that they are the ones in hiding.
Any advice on how to bring them out or make them less stressed? Thanks
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
231 Posts
More plants on the surface of the water either stems that you let grow out or floaters and low water flow the Chili’s can’t keep up with the CPD.
I have Four chili’s in a 12 gallon tank with 7 green neons and it took awhile but the chilies are always out and about. It might take some time for them to get comfortable with the tank mates.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
22 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Thanks for the quick replies guys. Maybe they just need time. The CPD’s keep to them selves so no bullying but the chili’s are mostly pale except for the stronger male ones who actually still swim around once in a while
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
575 Posts
I had a group of chili rasbora that cowered sharing a tank with 4 male endless that completely ignored them. The two groups lived together for more than a month and it never improved, but when I moved the rasbora to their own tank they immediately became outgoing and colored up. Both tanks had lots of plant cover, though the first had much higher flow. But if you haven't changed the flow from before that's probably not the problem.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,557 Posts
You're bordering on overstocking with that many fish in a 7.5 gallon. That also maybe why your Chilis are hiding. CPD are stockier than your typical White Cloud minnow and more vigorous swimmers like most Danions.


Trying to keeping the CPD in their own well planted 10 gallon. You didn't mention how many CPD you bought, but like I was saying, with less crowding the more the little fish will come out to play.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2 Posts
Hello everyone. long time reader, first time poster.
I have a little 7.5 gallon nano tank that is planted with rotala, monte carlo, anubias petite. Ive only had cherry shrimp and around 7 chili rasbora for months until i discovered celestial pearl danios. I really love the look of these fish but after researching on this forum, i found out that CPD’s are very timid fish, so i was hesitant to add them.
Ive finally added them BUT they are not timid at all! They are active swimmers always out and about and i enjoy watching them, however, my chili rasboras have been hiding in the stem plants for 2 weeks now, only coming out during feeding time. I miss seeing the school of chili’s swimming around and they were there before the CPD’s so it is quite unusual that they are the ones in hiding.
Any advice on how to bring them out or make them less stressed? Thanks
Hi, I see this is an old post but I'm facing exactly the same issue happening in my tank right now. I had 8 chillis with cardinal tetras, forktail rainbows, cory cats, and a few others fish. They were always out and about and would come feed right out of my hands. Added three CPDs 2 days back and now the chillis are hiding in stem plants, many close to gravel and look pale. They still eat a little bit when I feed but are hiding in plants for the most part and don't look good. The CPDs don't bother the chillis much except for the occasional run-ins from what I can tell. My tank is moderately planted with a lot of hiding spots. Also, I couldn't find one of the chilis and only have 7 now, don't know if he's a goner or that I couldn't spot him. I have had these chillis for 6 to 7 months now and had no issues until now.

Did your situation improve after a few days? Do you have any advice? Thanks!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
22 Posts
Discussion Starter · #9 ·
Hi, I see this is an old post but I'm facing exactly the same issue happening in my tank right now. I had 8 chillis with cardinal tetras, forktail rainbows, cory cats, and a few others fish. They were always out and about and would come feed right out of my hands. Added three CPDs 2 days back and now the chillis are hiding in stem plants, many close to gravel and look pale. They still eat a little bit when I feed but are hiding in plants for the most part and don't look good. The CPDs don't bother the chillis much except for the occasional run-ins from what I can tell. My tank is moderately planted with a lot of hiding spots. Also, I couldn't find one of the chilis and only have 7 now, don't know if he's a goner or that I couldn't spot him. I have had these chillis for 6 to 7 months now and had no issues until now.

Did your situation improve after a few days? Do you have any advice? Thanks!
Sorry mate. I ended up selling my rasbora and just keeping the cpd. I believe maybe my temperature wasnt high enough so maybe try keeping them at 78F ?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2 Posts
Sorry mate. I ended up selling my rasbora and just keeping the cpd. I believe maybe my temperature wasnt high enough so maybe try keeping them at 78F ?
My tank is around 76-77F and chillis have been doing well so far in that temperature before adding CPDs. I did notice one of the CPD chasing after the chillis and sparring with the other two CPDs. He might be the one causing stress. Ironically he's the tiniest of the three. Hopefully, they all chill out eventually. Worst case I have a spare 5-gallon tank for the Chilli rasbora. They are still feeding so I will see how it goes. Thanks for the response though!
 
1 - 11 of 11 Posts
Top