that picture definitely does them no justice...I only have 12 and most schooling fish don't exhibit true schooling behavior unless there are far more than that... I will try and get a picture of them later tonight, but I can't make any promises as to how well it will come out. The size of my tank is definitely the limiting factor, it's only 4 ft long.
rummy noses are beautiful. I have 7 of them along with 12 neons (plan on adding 12 more soon), and they are awesome. Great color, and they love schooling with the neons. They are in the open almost all the time, and are really active, and fun to watch. They aren't so active that they distract your eyes though.
>7 the fish don't school and they turn on each other to stake out a territory
7<13 they try to school, but they give up and hide or stake out an area again.
13<18 they will school, but you need a semi-aggressive fish to promote it.
18< This seems to be my magic number. They just school without any help needed.
Good eyes, Sha. The water is green due to green water. I threw the tank out of balance (just take some ferts and be very liberal with it) so that I can have a bit of it for raising some food for the killifish fry. I finished with that and brought the tank back into balance. Here's a couple more pictures of the rummynoses:
Right side where I feed the tank; the fish really like to congregate in this area and the altums love to hang on this side of the tank. Rummies are schooling in the background:
Ray, the rummies are from the Central Valley. Picked up the pack @ $1.40 each, which isn't bad. They're captive bred, so I was happy to pay that amount.