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Hello everyone!

I currently have a planted 2.5 fluval set up with a few cherry shrimp and a horned netrite snail.

I'm really wanting to add a few fish and have fallen in love with chili rasbora.

I have "The 101 Best Freshwater Nano Species: How to choose and keep hardy, brillant, fascinating nano fishes, plants, and invertebrates" book and it lists that the minimum size for these little guys is 2.5 gallons.

My question for everyone would be how many could live happily in a 2.5 gallon? I know they are schooling fish so I want to make sure I get enough for them to be happy. I also have a 3.5 tank I want to set up as a planted tank as well, would this be a better choice?

If you all think these tanks are too small, let me know! If they are, I'll just stick to my invertebrate set-up ^_^

Thanks in advance for any help!
Hi Kelsey Schilling,

If I may, have you seen any Chili Rasbora live swimming in a tank? Just asking all in an effort to better help you out. I have 10 of them currently.
 

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Not in person, but just what I've seen in videos on youtube!
These are truly Nano fish, and they're much more beautiful in pictures than in real life. I say that as mine which are .75 inches and bright red, are so tiny I really can't see them very well. I was really surprised at how tiny they were and because I have plants in my aquarium, I can't even see them unless I hunt for them.

I will also add, that, unless you're more of an advanced fish keeper, the Nano's can be tricky because you have less room for error with a smaller body of water. What I do have in another tank that are beautiful and bright red and contrary to popular belief about aggressiveness, are Cherry Barbs. They're bright red, about 1½" to 2" long and beautiful and they're truly the exception to the barb rule and are a very docile fish. They chase each other around within their own little world to establish the Alpha sometimes but I also have females and this make the species even more exciting to watch as you get to see how they act and they do school, but I also have a larger tank and quite a few. My ratio is actually off. I have 7 females and 14 males but it works out fine as like I said, they're pretty mellow and my tank is larger.

I hoped that helped as I had wished that someone had told me about the chili rasbora and how tinsy-winsy and elusive they truly are. I want fish with a personality that I can see.

Cheers,
DD
 
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