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Which would you pick?

Discussion in 'Fish' started by Original, May 21, 2012.

  1. Original

    Original Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I'm setting up a new aquarium, I currently have 5 rummy nosed tetras in a 15gallon tank with gravel and riccia, I'm planning on getting a shoal 10 or so, new fish in a month or so once I've got the tank grown out and how I like it. It's an iwagumi style with soil substrate.

    I'm looking at:
    -Cardinal tetra
    -Neon tetra
    -Ember tetra
    -Rummy nosed tetra
    -Serpae tetra
    -Penguin Tetra
    (most tetras really)

    -Galaxy rasbora
    -Harlequin rasbora
    -T. espei (lambchop rasbora)
    (most small rasboras)

    Which fish would you choose? I'm not in a hurry but still haven't decided on what to get...
    I do want a nice fish that will school/ shoal well, it will be an almost species only tank with occupants of otto's or shrimp.
     
  2. abhradip1986

    abhradip1986 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    If you are not planning to introduce shrimps into the tank i've got two options for you: 1) Cardinal tetra or 2) Harlequin Rasbora btw, all depends on the tank size and how much of a hiding area your shrimps might have. :) but if you would go for shrimps, neon's would be a better choice.
     
  3. Garuf

    Garuf Moderator Staff Member

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    Green neons are my favourite of the neon clan. Very pretty fish and the smallest of the bunch. Microrasbora Kubotia (Check spelling) are excellent fish too.
     
  4. Original

    Original Aspiring Aquascaper

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    or penguin tetra's every time i see them they're pointed upwards and usually schooled together hovering motionless, its quite a display

    [​IMG]
     
  5. Shadow

    Shadow Moderator Staff Member

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    For 15 gallon tank, I would choose Ember tetra or T. espei from your list. Green neons and Microrasbora Kubotia are also good as Garuf recommended. In my opinion rummy nosed is too big for 15 gallon tank
     
  6. John N.

    John N. Administrator Staff Member

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    Cardinals tetras are always a good flashy fish. They get my vote.

    -John N.
     
  7. John N.

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    Harlequin rasboras got too big, real fast for my 30g. I would pass if your looking for a smaller sized fish.

    -John N.
     
  8. Original

    Original Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I visted LFS today and dropped off the 5 rummy noses which I had still surviving, I'm going to get ember tetras after seeing the stock he had, he said he keeps a good stock constant and the ones in store when I visited were real deep coloured beautiful ones, I wouldn't mind a shoal of 15 or so of them, they were nice and small. I'll get some plexi-glass to put around the rim to hopefully not have suicider's like I did with a few previous tetra's.

    They looked like this specimen:
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  9. Shadow

    Shadow Moderator Staff Member

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    That is really beautiful specimen. It is difficult to make them that red.
     
  10. Garuf

    Garuf Moderator Staff Member

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    Lots of live food and buying wild rather than crappy fish farm rubbish tends to do the trick. Good choice!
     
  11. Original

    Original Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I knew you guys would feel the same way as I did seeing a tank full of those :p

    The shop assistant/ manager also mentioned some of Mr. Amano's tanks. I was taken back, quite literally. I didn't expect anybody, even fish store staff, to know a whole deal about aquascaping.
     
  12. Garuf

    Garuf Moderator Staff Member

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    He's been in the game for a while, I remember "reading" one of the amano books in a garden centre with my great grandmother when I can't have been any older than 7.
     

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