Originally Posted by Bandy0390
So, what do you guys think about some dwarf corys and some kind of tight schooling fish?
I have heard the name hemigrammus rhodostomus many times on the diff fish forums I visit. Anyone know there common name?
Was looking for something bigger, but if they school tightly I could always just put more in so that the tank still looks full and not barren. lol .
hemigrammus rhodostomus is the rummy nose tetra I believe. I have no experience with them personally, mainly because I tend to avoid tetras, lol.
When you say dwarf cory are you talking the pygmy cory or the habrosus cory? I have 4 of the habrosus (one of the dwarf species) cory...they are super super small!!! They tend to spread out and dont school too often, and are hard to find. They are also considered to be very delicate and particular to certain water parameters. I have had mine for a little while, and they are doing fine, then again they are in a very established tank. The habrosus cory max out at like 1.25 inches, and thats large for them. I love mine though, but it definately limits what you can put in the tank and these little guys can easily be mistaken for food. I just the other night had to remove my serpae tetra shoal as they were trying to pick on the little habrosus corydoras.
There are TONS of different kinds of cory you can look into, in a 25 gal you could do almost any of the cory breeds, albinos are popular, active, and on the smaller side, they are also very hardy and can handle a wider range of water parameters that some of the other cory breeds. Again, make sure you get 4-6 cory.
As far as schooling fish, I have a shoal of 6 brilliant rasbora in my 29 gal, and I love them. They arent as pretty as the majority of the other rasbora species, but they are active, school tightly when they feel the need, and they are full of personality (I often find them forming a line in the back of the tank taking turns riding the bubbles out of the wand one fish at a time like they are at a theme park).
Another shoaling fish you might consider if you want small, colorful, personality, and cory safe...have you considered fancy male guppies?? They have the properties of the betta, but the ability to be housed with more options of tankmates. Balloon Mollies would work too, however they arent your typical schooling fish.
As for frogs, the only one I can think that would work in that tank size is the african clawed frog that was mentioned...however that frog can get pretty darn big and will eat fish happily.
Have you looked into the dwarf loaches, Yasuhikotakia sidthimunki , they are totally adorible, only get like 2 inches, peaceful, and did I mention cute!! The ONLY things is that they HAVE to be in a group of 5 or more, and they are pretty pricey...I havent found them any cheaper than like $15 each...and I cant rationalize spending $80 on one set of fish. But if you have the money they are something to look into. They would get along with the cory and any type of rasbora you put in the tank.
Have you looked into otocinclus yet? For a 25 gal a group of 3 would be nice, and they will keep your tank clean...just make sure to put in some algae discs in the tank, and some bottom feeder sinking pellets for the cory and/or loaches.
Cant wait to hear what you decide on...keep us posted!!!