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Old 04-12-2004, 09:29 AM   #21 (permalink)
 
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I just discovered Sunrise Guramies, they are awesome and look great in the planted tank!
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Old 04-19-2004, 09:25 AM   #22 (permalink)
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What's with all the tetras...?

There's a lot of cyprinids that school well and will put even the great cardinal tetra to shame.

Barbus rhomboocellatus is a superb schooling fish that hasn't bothered any plants since I got them. They definitely possess a subtle color, but the edges of their scales are outlined in neon green. And they school very, very well. Their pattern too is very unique--at first it reminded me of the pattern on a ball python.

Microrasbora kubotai (M. sp. 'Somchai') is another awesome species with an excellent eye-catching yellow color. Here's a pic:


Sundadanio axelrodi comes in a few colors, all of which display the same iridescence as the cardinal tetra. Here is a picture of the green form:


Danio choprai is another one that schools very well and has very pleasing yet somewhat subdued colors.

Others that work really well:
Rasbora dorsiocellata
Danio shanensis
Barbus jae
Microrasbora erythromicron

They're all great, but I think the best school for a planted tank is by far Corydoras pygmaeus.
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Very interesting! Only problem is I have never seen any of those fish before
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I have 5 debawi cats that line up like they are in the blue angels. One on top of another in a current flowing away maybe a 1/4 of an inch apart. They are mostly nocturnal, so they just flow in the current together during the day, but at night they like to skim the surface as quick as they can be (and they are quick). Probably the tighest school I have.

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My newest fish are AMAZING shoolers. they swim around the tank like a ball of fish

Rasbora dorsiocellata ...aka emerald eye rasboras.
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I've found lately that my group of about 9 Mosquito Rasboras (Boraras brigittae) seem to school pretty well when my Croaking Gourami is on the prowl and "hunts" them.

He finally learned he can't eat them, though, but they still bunch up nicely whenever he's around. So far no problems w/them at all, but he's still getting moved and replaced with a pair/trio of smaller gouramis

Cute fish, very small, I like 'em

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My LFS ordered me 10 of what the wholesaler listed as Harlequin Rasbora "narrow wedge". What they turned out to be were Trigonostigma (Rasbora) hengeli. They look like a cross between a Harlequin Rasbora and a Glowlight Tetra.

I was hoping that they'd be T. espei, which look more like a smaller, narrow-body Harlequin, but the price sheet only lists fish by common name so there's no way of verifying identity short of ordering a few. My LFS said he'd keep an eye out for any new Rasbora listings in future sheets.

On a positive note, they seem to school pretty tight in my 125...but I'm sure the Bosemanis nipping at them when they were introduced into the tank helps. I'm going to ask my LFS to order me another 20 or 30. That should be a pretty sight to see!

Word of advice, never introduce small fish into a Rainbow tank unless said Rainbows have just been well fed.
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I once saw a large planted tank (can't remember if it was 400 or 600 liter) with a school of 75 to 100 cardinal tetras. No other fish except for the usual cleaning crew.

It looked very impressive to see so many cardinals together like that!
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My 50 gallon tank has a few of the ones that Error mentioned.

I have a couple Microrasbora erythromicron (now in the Danio genus, I think...) http://www.aquajapan.com/encyc/carp/...hromicron.html

6 Danio choprae. They're nicer in real life.
http://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.u...article_id=129

8 Rasbora espei. A couple of mine are red like that; the others are copper-colored... I'm guessing it's a difference in sex.
http://photogallery.pets2u.com.my/sh...539&page=1

I'm a big fan of the dwarf rainbows, as well, especially P. signifer.
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Congo's, Cardinals, neons, rummy nose, phantom tetra's, lemon tetra's, and my new personal fav the golden barb.....just something about that yellow/gold coloration against the red, brown and green colors of the plants. They are fairly tight schoolers for the most part, active, front of the tank show offs and not timid. Best of all, they seem to graze algae's or some types, they are hardy and don't eat the plants or bother anyone else in the tank...im in love!
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