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hello TPT members! it's almost time to stock my 60-p and I'm still not sure what type of fish I should get. I'm looking for a fish that has a balance between these three criteria: COLOR (if I'm going to get fish,they at least should look ok) SCHOOLING CAPABILITIES(minimal stray fish, it's fine if there are one or two off to the side. I really like seeing the fish turn all together when they reach the end of the tank) and lastly SMALL SIZE (this one is very important because I want to have the tank understocked but still have a nice amount of fish.

I'm currently considering these fish
harlequin rasbora
celestial pear danios( heard they are a little shy and am not sure about schooling capabilities)
rummy nose tetras(heard they eat plants and are not they most colorful)

well guys, leave a suggestion below on what fish I should get. I'm not the most knowledgeable on the different types of nano/schooling fish there are out there. any advice or input is greatly appreciated :)

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In my experience keeping huge schools of assorted Danio and Tetras, I would have to say that Pink Zebra Danio school the tightest of the Danio. Galaxy Rasbora schools loosely, and tends to break off to hide in corners before rejoining the school.

I would recommend Neon Tetras for their color, but their schooling and activity is uninteresting at best when compared to similar fish like the Cardinal Tetra or the Glo-Lite Danio. Don't even get me started on the Glo-Lite Tetra. Those things just suck. They float in place most of the time just readjusting their position in the swarm.

Rummy-noses take the top prize for best schoolers in my opinion, they are highly active, swim quickly, and school tightly. And I don't know where you got your information about their coloring, perhaps you've seen some bad photos or specimens. My rummy-nose are a brilliant white, almost silver sheen that reflects beautifully as they shimmer under the lights. Their tails are perfectly checker patterned with a deep blue/black pigment and their bright red noses seem to glow brighter than Glo-Lite tetra bodies do.
 

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In my experience keeping huge schools of assorted Danio and Tetras, I would have to say that Pink Zebra Danio school the tightest of the Danio. Galaxy Rasbora schools loosely, and tends to break off to hide in corners before rejoining the school.

I would recommend Neon Tetras for their color, but their schooling and activity is uninteresting at best when compared to similar fish like the Cardinal Tetra or the Glo-Lite Danio. Don't even get me started on the Glo-Lite Tetra. Those things just suck. They float in place most of the time just readjusting their position in the swarm.

Rummy-noses take the top prize for best schoolers in my opinion, they are highly active, swim quickly, and school tightly. And I don't know where you got your information about their coloring, perhaps you've seen some bad photos or specimens. My rummy-nose are a brilliant white, almost silver sheen that reflects beautifully as they shimmer under the lights. Their tails are perfectly checker patterned with a deep blue/black pigment and their bright red noses seem to glow brighter than Glo-Lite tetra bodies do.

but I hear that rummy'shave a habit of eating plants. since I am doing an iwagumi type of setup, this will be a problem if true.
 

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+1 for the Rummy Nose
rummy nose is definitely a candidate. I absolutely fell in love with them when I saw them at the LFS. they schooled wonderfully in the long tank they were in, swimming from one end to the other. honestly the colors and patterns are not quite up to par but there schooling capabilities just might win me over. how many should I get ifi want understocked but still able to keep the rummys comfortable and in a school? i was thinking 6-9 but I'm still unsure. anyways, thanks for your input :)

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In my experience keeping huge schools of assorted Danio and Tetras, I would have to say that Pink Zebra Danio school the tightest of the Danio. Galaxy Rasbora schools loosely, and tends to break off to hide in corners before rejoining the school.

I would recommend Neon Tetras for their color, but their schooling and activity is uninteresting at best when compared to similar fish like the Cardinal Tetra or the Glo-Lite Danio. Don't even get me started on the Glo-Lite Tetra. Those things just suck. They float in place most of the time just readjusting their position in the swarm.

Rummy-noses take the top prize for best schoolers in my opinion, they are highly active, swim quickly, and school tightly. And I don't know where you got your information about their coloring, perhaps you've seen some bad photos or specimens. My rummy-nose are a brilliant white, almost silver sheen that reflects beautifully as they shimmer under the lights. Their tails are perfectly checker patterned with a deep blue/black pigment and their bright red noses seem to glow brighter than Glo-Lite tetra bodies do.


are you able to post some pictures of your rummys? I'm very interested in seeing some of yours!
 

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For what it's worth, the reason I got rid of my Rummy nose tetras was because they devoured shrimp. If you plan on keeping shrimp, I'd go for the Harlequins.
 

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How about Brilliant Rasboras (Rasbora borapetensis)? They're small, colorful and inexpensive, so you can get quite a few for your tank and that wil make an impressive display! I had some that schooled tightly in a 55 gallon. Of course, most, if not all, of the fish that are being mentioned need a reason to school. Once they become acclimated to a tank with no threats, they will school less frequently.
 

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For what it's worth, the reason I got rid of my Rummy nose tetras was because they devoured shrimp. If you plan on keeping shrimp, I'd go for the Harlequins.
Im planning on keeping red cherry shrimp. I have never heard of rummy's eating shrimp. I did expect them to eat shrimplets but not full sized shrimp

EDIT: do you mean they eat full sized adults? also, what shrimp did your rummys eat and are you sure that your rummys are the ones that made your shrimp disappear?
 

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No, I have not had any eat shrimp or shrimplets. Just make sure you have some good plants for the babies to hide in and you are good to go.
 

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I have seen mine eat a shrimp but not sure if it was dead first. I don't have the rummy nose anymore.

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I would close one of the two threads you have going.

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Melonatania praecox. = dwarf neon rainbowfish. Maybe a bit big for a 60p but awesome schoolers
And they'd take the cake for color
If one moves to another side of the tank, the others follow. But are less active midday. They come from swift streams and are powerful swimmers but will hide from the current for a good portion of the day to save energy.
Their mating habits are beautiful and feeding time is fun as well as they will frequently display their fins in excitement
 

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msjinkzd had a really good recommendation in her recent event. *DOH* unfortunately its the one thing i forgot :(
 
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