11-10-2009, 05:21 PM
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Originally Posted by fishyinpa
All the fish I am looking says they need at least 24" tank. Including the rasboras,danios,etc. So I dont know what I could add to their tank. Its a 14 gallon,same length and width as a 10 but a few inches taller. Any suggestions? My lfs has neon tetras like 10 for a buck,but I dont want 10 lol. Maybe 5 or 6....if that would be a possibility.
Just an idea to throw out...how about lowering the water level, have some Echinodorus plants that will grow above the water (some will quite nicely if allowed to) and floating plants that will also develop aerial leaves (Ceratopteris does this nicely) and some surface fish like the small Carnegiella species of hatchets? Other good options for fish would be the splashing tetras in such a set-up, but it may be hard to find them. I had these many years ago, fascinating fish but best in such a setup where they can jump onto leaves above the water when spawning. And the hatchets will jump if given space, so that could be interesting too. A group of 6 hatchets would be it; you could do quite a neat little Amazonian flooded forest pool around this.
I thought of this when I considered your 14g is like a 10g but taller. Corys need to surface for air regularly, and while the depth is not critical they would probably be fine with a shallower water column. And any of the tetras or rasbora really need more space to swim, as you've mentioned correctly. If this were a 15g long, it would be better for corys and tetras as it would provide some swimming space for a small group. Hatchets don't "swim" much, except perhaps when engaging in spawning behaviour.