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Old 01-10-2011, 06:55 PM   #1
 
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Hi guys I know I should know this after all these years of fish keeping but I am a firm believer in that if you have doubts ask. LOL I currently have a 10 gallon tank that is really well planted that is home to 6 ember tetras, 2 pygmy corydoras, and 3 coryadorus habrosus, I know that it would be better to have a few more of each of the corys but I can't find them locally and I was lucky to get these and they all swim together and do not act stressed at all. What I would like to know is if I could add a small group of either Boraras Brigittae, or pygmy hatchetfish, or celestial pearl danios.

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Old 01-10-2011, 07:53 PM   #2
 
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Amanda, yes to the Boraras or the hatchetfish (Carnegiella myersi). The Danio margaritatus might be troublesome. As noted in our profile, the males can be feisty, and do best with a group of 20 in their own space.

The Boraras brigittae and Ember Tetra are very similar in colouration and might get mixed up; but from my experience with both they will be fine together.

I would suggest 7-9 if Boraras; 6-7 if hatchets. Keep an eye out for more pygmy corys, 3 more would be nice if you can find them.

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Old 01-10-2011, 08:01 PM   #3
 
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Do you think the pygmy hatchets would be okay if I have duckweed at the top of the tank? I know they like to stay at the top.
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Old 01-10-2011, 08:07 PM   #4
 
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Do you think the pygmy hatchets would be okay if I have duckweed at the top of the tank? I know they like to stay at the top.
You will need to keep it thinned to provide some surface. I happen to have Duckweed in my 90g now (arrived with some plants or something), and I was noticing this morning when feeding that the group of 19 hatchets (Carnegiella marthae and C. myersi) are getting short on open water space. They will go down just under floating plants when this occurs, as it often does in this tank with the floating frogbit and pennywort and now duckweed as well; but I thin it out to give them open space, and they do seem to prefer that, since they are now all crowded into the only open space left.
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Old 01-10-2011, 08:09 PM   #5
 
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Thanks Byron, I will be sure if I get them to leave at least half of the tank open for them.
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Old 01-10-2011, 08:17 PM   #6
 
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Another thing, they are very quick to jump out, even when the top is opened to feed them; several times I have had to pick up fish from the carpet before I could start feeding. And they will find any opening, around filters, heaters, etc; the tank must be very well covered. And care taken at water changes.

You may know all this, but worth mentioning. In the past few months I have managed to lose some of these fellows, even with my vigilance.
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Old 01-10-2011, 08:27 PM   #7
 
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Thanks Byron I will be super careful with them the tank is completely covered except when I open the lid to feed the fish so I will be real careful when I feed or do water changes. I have emailed my LFS to see if they have a supplier for them.
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