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I have a 29 gallon, moderately planted tank. Tank is matured with stable water parameters and weekly WCs performed.

I have planned a tank with small fish in schools/shoals all along. I have 12 neon tetras and 9 cory habrosus. Through online order, today I received 10 green rasboras and 12 boraras brigittae. Drip acclimated them into the tank. No QT tank, which I know is a no-no, but I don't have one.

I had researched the fact that all 4 of my fish species will be close to 1 inch when matured. The green rasboras I received are mature (or close to) and are about the size of my neons and habrosus. They are out and about and already colored nicely.

The brigittae, however, are tiny; probably 1/2 the size of the other species at best. They are hiding and quite pale, which obviously isn't a big deal given they have been in the tank for less than half a day.

For those who have owned these (brigittae), did you keep them with other fish and if so, how did they do? I am a bit worried about the size differential and wondering if I made a mistake.
 

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While all Boraras are quite small and relatively shy, they should be ok, eventually, with the other fish you have, except you won't see them very much.
The problem is - if you want them to 'come out of their shell' and be more comfortable & visible, you need quite a few more - I'd say at least double the number you got in the first place. Build their number up to 2 dozen or 30, and you'll enjoy them more.
 

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Brigitta 'Chili' Rasbora

My favorite fish.

I keep about a dozen in my office tank (10G black water, along with a handful of Albino Cory Cats (another great fish)). The Chilis have grown up to about 3/4" to 7/8". They don't school, but they do hang out together. They mostly they roam carefree though out the upper levels of the tank but they have periods where the alpha Chili has the rest group pushed into a corner while he puts his moves on his ladies... They don't seem bother by the little cory cats, but they rarely venture below halfway mark of the tank. They have over two months picked off the grass shrimp I keep in the tank (party to feed the Chilis and party to keep it clean).

I don't think Chili Rasboras will be comfortable in a community tank. They are too small, and while not 'shy' they are guarded (due to their small size). I can't say for sure as every fish is different, but if you want your Chilis to shine (and turn that awesome red) they'll need to be in a tank they feel safe in (maybe their own tank). I'm guess that the larger fish in your tank have them hiding. While those fish might not pose a threat to the Chili Rasboras they don't know that...

Rasboras are also happier with soft water and a low pH. They like lots of places to hide and plenty of driftwood. Be careful with your filter intake, too strong of an intake and pull in a small chili in the blink of an eye.

They're good fish you should enjoy them.









 

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Amazing little fish! And once they colour up, they are even more amazing. I have some currently, and in the past...They do best in larger numbers, but once they get comfortable with everything they dart around and explore a lot. Even with bettas, gouramis, and other rasboras...I never had an issue.

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Thanks for the responses. Today was day #2 and they spent some time low under the shade of rocks and plants and some time near the top of the tank. Some would swim around mid- level with the neons and green rasboras. They haven't been bothered yet that i have seen. I wish I had more than 12 after reading the responses. But, I don't want to overstock my tank and shipping charges from Wetspots in Portland, Oregon are steep; my wife would kill me if I ordered $20 worth of fish with $45 shipping.

My water is softish (6 dgh) but it is alkaline at 7.8 unfortunately.

What do you feed them? I have hikari micropellets and a variety of frozen.

I am considering floating plants for added security.
 

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I use the Hikari micro pellet and some Tetra color enhancing flacks I've crushed down. I use a 'drop' sized spoon I ordered online.

The Chilis aren't aggressive feeders. They seem to take their time, unlike my tetras.
 
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