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Hi guys. I'm tearing down my fish tank to move it, and when I put it back together I'm going to use a different stock. I've been wanting to do a micro tank with shrimps.


So, first off, I want each fish to have amazing colors, and I want them to be diverse as possible. I've been thinking Chili Rasbora for reds, ans blueberry shrimp for blues.... And that's all I have :icon_roll I need help with other suggestions. Also, are there any larger fish I can use as a centerpiece who wouldn't eat all my midget fish and shrimp?
 

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I really like that idea. I can't think of a centerpiece that wont eat shrimp though. I don't think you need a centerpiece though, the blue and red will look great
 

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Ooooh blue velvets are pretty. I'll need to switch that up.

Still stuck on colors. We need a color chart for fish :)

I like scarlet badis though. It's a dwarf species and has nice red stripes.

What's a bright green, and bright yellow/gold addition I can do to the tank?
 

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There is a tiny Killie, the Clown Killie, if I remember right. Really sharp black and white, and stays right at the top.
There are several fish with iridescent blue rings around their eyes. One is a Rasbora, another is one of the Pseudomugils.
Another of the Pseudomugils is one of the brightest yellows of the small fish. Scroll through all the species here at this page, not all are available. Several are really nice yellows.
http://rainbowfish.angfaqld.org.au/reticulatus.htm
 

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For sure, velvet shrimp, scarlet badis, clown khuli, and chili rasbora. I'm skeptical of having two schools in one tank, otherwise I'd like the clowds idea.
 

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Oh wow, those are preeeeeeetty.

I've been looking around and think that velvet shrimp and those rosy loach will be great for my substrate.

For the top, I'm leaning towards clown khuli. The ones in my show tank at work just kinda hover at the top most of the day. So that's fine with me.

In the middle, my main school, I'm wanting the flashiest fish I can. I'm thinking tinwini danio may be nice, if not CPD. The chili rasbora are also nice, but I'd like to flesh out the variety of colors in the tank - and I like the rosy loach for red more than the chili ras. Gold white clouds may also be an option - they're a much different color than the yellow/black of the khuli.
 

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Maybe these aren't flashy enough, but Daisy's rice fish might fit your requirements. They aren't exactly micro fish (1 1/2 -2 inches at adult size), But they really like planted tanks (at least mine do) and they don't bother my adult cherry shrimp, although they like frozen brine shrimp and probably do eat baby shrimp. Males are sky blue with orange outline to belly, tail fin, and pectoral fins. Females have the same orange outlines, but are a sort of metallic pale yellow. You need more females than males.
 

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There is a really tiny Rasbora (I think it is) that is iridescent blue. I saw it at Neptunes in Milpitas, CA. Shinier blue than Cardinal Tetras.

I would not trust a Loach. Even the littlest will probably eat shrimp babies.
 

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I'm going to have a carpet of HC or tears or somesuch, so there will be good hiding room for newborn babies. I can't find this blue rasbora you speak of, and the rice fish aren't as flashy as I'd like :(
 

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Pseudepiplatys annulatus is the Clown Killifish. Killie, not Kuhlie.
Sundadanio axelrodi 'Blue' might be the Neon Blue Rasbora. All the pictures I have seen on line are not good enough. Maybe I have the wrong name? This is a REALLY blue fish.
 

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Well I already have the blue from shrimp, and I can only have one school (its a 40b, not huge enough for two schools, I think?). So I might steer away from that micro rasbora... Not sure.

And thanks for correction :x had loaches on the brain
 

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A 40 breeder has room for more than one school when you are considering fish this small.
I would just aim for one school higher in the tank and one lower, or choose 2 species with a different look, perhaps a taller body and a torpedo shape.

I sure like Loaches, too, but they are not a safe bet with shrimp, since most Loaches are predators of bottom dwelling critters. It is their natural behavior to eat things like snails, shrimp, worms and other things that are hanging out near the substrate.
For a bottom fish with shrimp look into the various species of Dwarf Cory. There are several, and they are shrimp safe.
 

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Iriatherina werneri have some nice blues depending on where they are from. I of course will vote for CPDs up and down for excellent micro fish. I'm also starting to raise P. gertrudae and they are very nice as well and could fill in for your white category though they can have some subtle blues and striking yellow accents (also changes depending on where they originated from, see P. gertrudae ARU II) plus males showing off are pretty impressive even when they are young. There is also no such thing as a shrimp safe fish, there are going to be casualties but as long as you feed fish regularly they generally pay them no mind. In most instances the shrimp should breed more than they are eaten.

I would suggest Stiphodon sp. but they require a high turnover rate of water and graze bio film off algae covered rocks. Their colors change with their mood and males can be very colorful plus they don't get much bigger than a centimeter.
 
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