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Old 02-08-2011, 12:49 AM   #11
 
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it's worth mentioning that my cherry barbs school with my rasbora espei. The female barbs mostly because the oranges are sort of similar to the rasboras IMO. My cardinals remain an entirely seperate school from the others.

I ended up getting serpae tetras (6) and habrosus cory (5)... But I still want rasbora for sure, and I am thinking they might school with the serpae?

Going to add rasbora later this week, and maybe some more cory, maybe a group of a different type of cory, like Albinos.

Any good options for a good centerpiece fish??? I am thinking calm, peaceful, 2 or 3 inches max, and very colorful.
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Old 02-08-2011, 01:18 PM   #12
 
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I ended up getting serpae tetras (6) and habrosus cory (5)... But I still want rasbora for sure, and I am thinking they might school with the serpae?

Going to add rasbora later this week, and maybe some more cory, maybe a group of a different type of cory, like Albinos.

Any good options for a good centerpiece fish??? I am thinking calm, peaceful, 2 or 3 inches max, and very colorful.
I would not add Rasbora with Serpae Tetra, especially in a small tank (to them, a 29g is small). Serpae Tetra are notorious fin nippers, and do best in a large group of 8 or more, preferably 12+, and on their own. The catfish will probably be OK with them, but Corydoras habrosus is a somewhat delicate species, so be careful on your water parameters. The Rasbora are quiet, sedate shoaling fish, too easy a target for Serpae.

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Old 02-08-2011, 03:43 PM   #13
 
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I would not add Rasbora with Serpae Tetra, especially in a small tank (to them, a 29g is small). Serpae Tetra are notorious fin nippers, and do best in a large group of 8 or more, preferably 12+, and on their own. The catfish will probably be OK with them, but Corydoras habrosus is a somewhat delicate species, so be careful on your water parameters. The Rasbora are quiet, sedate shoaling fish, too easy a target for Serpae.

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As for the info on the rasbora with the serpae tetra...thank you.

On my habrosus cory...yeah, I have read all about them being delicate...and thankfully on my 29 gal all my water parameters are consistanly steady and in a desired range for them.

Byron, any other recommended species of fish that can easily and safely get along with these guys? Also, any recommended fish to fit with the group to have as centerpiece fish (that I only need 1 to a max of 3 of in a group)???
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Old 02-08-2011, 04:34 PM   #14
 
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As for the info on the rasbora with the serpae tetra...thank you.

On my habrosus cory...yeah, I have read all about them being delicate...and thankfully on my 29 gal all my water parameters are consistanly steady and in a desired range for them.

Byron, any other recommended species of fish that can easily and safely get along with these guys? Also, any recommended fish to fit with the group to have as centerpiece fish (that I only need 1 to a max of 3 of in a group)???
Assuming you mean get along with the Serpae, and in your 29 gallon tank, my honest answer is no I know of nothing other than bottom fish. [Serpae are the same as the Red Minor Tetra you earlier mentioned, species is Hyphessobrycon eques, another case of a fish species having more than one "common" name.]

Before someone chimes in that they have Serpae with this or that and no problems, permit me to say that each fish can be somewhat individual, just like dogs or cats...or people. But, a species of fish is inherently programmed by nature and this we cannot change. The overwhelming experience of aquarists tells us that this fish will nip fins, and this gets worse if there are less than 8 at minimum, preferably more; and it gets worse the smaller the tank. Their aggressiveness can also be heightened if "target" fish are present, fish that are slow and sedate, or with long trailing fins--angelfish, discus, gourami, dwarf cichlids are all unsuitable for a tank with Serpae [Tiger Barb are exactly the same, btw].

So, if you really want Serpae, I would go with a display for them and increase their number to 12 and have some bottom fish. In a 20g, with some plants, bogwood, a sand or gravel substrate--quite a nice display.

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Old 02-08-2011, 04:46 PM   #15
 
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Assuming you mean get along with the Serpae, and in your 29 gallon tank, my honest answer is no I know of nothing other than bottom fish. [Serpae are the same as the Red Minor Tetra you earlier mentioned, species is Hyphessobrycon eques, another case of a fish species having more than one "common" name.]

Before someone chimes in that they have Serpae with this or that and no problems, permit me to say that each fish can be somewhat individual, just like dogs or cats...or people. But, a species of fish is inherently programmed by nature and this we cannot change. The overwhelming experience of aquarists tells us that this fish will nip fins, and this gets worse if there are less than 8 at minimum, preferably more; and it gets worse the smaller the tank. Their aggressiveness can also be heightened if "target" fish are present, fish that are slow and sedate, or with long trailing fins--angelfish, discus, gourami, dwarf cichlids are all unsuitable for a tank with Serpae [Tiger Barb are exactly the same, btw].

So, if you really want Serpae, I would go with a display for them and increase their number to 12 and have some bottom fish. In a 20g, with some plants, bogwood, a sand or gravel substrate--quite a nice display.

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Yeah, I know the serpae are the same as the Red Minor, but I just fell in love with the little guys at the store (such a difference when purchasing fish from a specialy aquarium store verses a chain pet store, the fish look so much healthier and colorful!).

Yeah, I have had tiger barb before, a group of 5 was my last school, they were pretty chill for what they are known for, however I was careful on what was housed with...they were used as dither fish for cichlids.

I was thinking about Odessa Barbs, but 5 of them would be too much on my tank since they can reach 3+ inches.
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Old 02-09-2011, 10:13 AM   #16
 
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The Upside Down Cat I was thinking about originally was the one that maxes out at 4 inches...but after thinking about it, I decided against getting one. Thanks for the detailed info, it helped confirm my suspition that it wouldnt work in my tank.

As for the dwarf gourami...I too was thinking that one only would make a better option for the tank. And if I do go with a gourami for the centerpiece, then I need slow swimming calm fish...which is why the other fish I picked are recommended for housing with a dwarf gourami.

Thanks for all the useful info cmc29 & fan4guppy!!
You are very welcome about the information about the Upside Down Catfish.

As for the Dwarf Gourami. I kept these in a community tank years ago, with 1 male and 3 females. It may be something to think about in your tank. Females though from what I have seen in the local pet shops in the area are hard to come by.
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