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post #11 of 16 Old 01-27-2012, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
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On the angelfish, I would not go down this road. With no other fish in a 46g tank, a group of angelfish could work. But you mention already having two rainbowfish, and both these species need a group. One is in our profiles, the Dwarf Neon Rainbowfish [I assume this is the species] so you can click the shaded name to see the profile information. The other species, Celebes Rainbowfish, is not in the profiles so here is some reliable information on this one, which also mentions a group of 6-8 but preferably more. My advice would be to up the shoals of these two fish, assuming you like them, so they will be at their best.
Celebes Rainbowfish (Marosatherina ladigesi) - Seriously Fish

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Byron, if I don't go with the angelfish, what might you suggest in the future to go with the rainbow fish?

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Byron, if I don't go with the angelfish, what might you suggest in the future to go with the rainbow fish?

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If you up the groups of rainbowfish you will not have that much space left. The Celebes attain 3+ inches, and you should have 7-8 of them. The Neon reach 2-3 inches, and you want 6-7 of those.

Substrate fish would work with these.

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Thanks Byron. I will be doing some thinking over the weeks ahead on how to stock.

I stopped in Petsmart with the thought of adding a floating plant, but they don't stock them. They did have some that were attached to rocks or wood of some sort. Would one or two of those be of any benefit? Also, I only have the LED lighting that came with the tank.

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Thanks Byron. I will be doing some thinking over the weeks ahead on how to stock.

I stopped in Petsmart with the thought of adding a floating plant, but they don't stock them. They did have some that were attached to rocks or wood of some sort. Would one or two of those be of any benefit? Also, I only have the LED lighting that came with the tank.

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We would have to know the data on the light, but generally speaking, those with experience in LED say it takes a lot to have adequate light for some plants. However, there are low-light plants that I would expect to do OK. And something attached to wood may be such a plant. Java Fern and Java Moss attach to wood and rock; Anubias the same. These are are low light requirement. Check our profiles [click shaded names] to see if these match what you saw.

Floating plants would likely do OK as they are right under the light. Depending where you live, other members close by might have some floating plants to sell/trade/give away.

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Thanks again Byron. I purchased a Anubias Nana that is attached to a Lava Rock and a Java Fern. I am now wishing I would have tried a planted tank long ago. I am hoping the 8 hours from my LED will be enough for these two.
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Thanks again Byron. I purchased a Anubias Nana that is attached to a Lava Rock and a Java Fern. I am now wishing I would have tried a planted tank long ago. I am hoping the 8 hours from my LED will be enough for these two.
Give them time. Plants frequently take a while to adjust to a new environment. Those might work very well.

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