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post #1 of 8 Old 08-27-2011, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
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Question Neons or glowlights?

For my 55 gallon I'm starting to stock I wanted atleast five more fish to make the total number of fish an nice even twenty, but since they're soo small I was thinking 8 or 10 maybe?

I plan to keep the following;

8 cherry barbs
3 platies( 1m2f)
3 marbled mollies(1m2f)
1 pearl gourmai
1 bn pleco( I have diftwood)

I wanted to keep another type of schoaling fish and I've researched and narrowed it down to the two, but I would like to hear some stories from people who keep them. I really want a fish that shoals tightly.

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post #2 of 8 Old 08-27-2011, 09:58 PM
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I have kept both and I can honestly say that neither species really shoaled tightly unless they became spooked by something. They would play follow the leader in the water current lol, but mainly didn't stay grouped together too much, but went off in all directions around the tank, exploring and doing their own thing, if they feel secure enough.
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post #3 of 8 Old 08-28-2011, 10:09 AM Thread Starter
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Which would you recommend?

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In my experience most characins do not shoal together that much; they simply need a group for their own comfort level. They will interact from time to time, some species more than others. Rummynose Tetra are the tightest shoaling characin I have come across, but they need soft acidic water. Check out the profile: Brilliant Rummy nose tetra. A group of 12 or more is suggested for this species.

Another similar shoaling fish that holds its group quite well are the rasbora of the Trigonostigma genus. Harlequin Rasbora, Lambchop Rasbora, Hengels Rasbora. With any of these, at least 9 in the group.

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I had 4 neons and a beta in a tank with other community. The neons would group together and, (no joke) one at a time, side swipe the beta. Then the neon that hit the beta would literally get back in the group and wait his turn to hit again. They bullied my poor beta to death. I don't recall anything like that happening with the glowlights.
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In my experience most characins do not shoal together that much; they simply need a group for their own comfort level. They will interact from time to time, some species more than others. Rummynose Tetra are the tightest shoaling characin I have come across, but they need soft acidic water. Check out the profile: Brilliant Rummy nose tetra. A group of 12 or more is suggested for this species.

Another similar shoaling fish that holds its group quite well are the rasbora of the Trigonostigma genus. Harlequin Rasbora, Lambchop Rasbora, Hengels Rasbora. With any of these, at least 9 in the group.

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I was thinking about harlequin,but I liked the look of the glowlights. They seem nice, I think I'll give them a try. Thanks for helping

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post #7 of 8 Old 09-03-2011, 01:39 PM
I have had neons in the past, and they seem to have kind of a loose shoaling habit. They stick somewhat together, but they break apart sometimes to explore.
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I had 4 neons and a beta in a tank with other community. The neons would group together and, (no joke) one at a time, side swipe the beta. Then the neon that hit the beta would literally get back in the group and wait his turn to hit again. They bullied my poor beta to death. I don't recall anything like that happening with the glowlights.
I have glowlights. They are very playful. Originally my betta was in the tank with them. He had a major temper and hated them, but they seemed to find it funny. They would all line up behind him (seriously-in a straight line) and follow him until he noticed. He'd chase them away and then they'd start the game again. Stressed him so bad that I had to separate him. Other than that, they're pretty peaceful and playful, but they don't shoal tight unless they're scared.

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