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post #1 of 4 Old 08-28-2013, 02:08 PM Thread Starter
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The power of dither fish

In my 16 gallon, I've had ember tetras and green neons for a few months now, but rarely saw them except for feeding time or if I peeked into the room so they couldn't see me. The tank is in my office, though, so I'm in here all day and was getting pretty bummed out that my beautiful fish just hid in the plants all day.

Today I added 6 Harlequin Rasboras and what a difference! All my fish are now swimming about in the entire tank. The neons are still a little gun shy, but even they're much more visible. I can't believe what a different those Rasboras have made. Amazing! Not to mention how pretty they are.
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-Kristen's tanks:

14g Tall:
Planted, eco-complete, Red Cherry Shrimp

16g Aqueon Bowfront:
Planted, eco-complete, 8 Ember tetras, 7 Green neon tetras, 6 Harlequin Rasboras

36 Aqueon Bowfront: Planted, sand, 10 Julii cories, 8 Zebra Danios
7 Cherry Barbs, Asst snails & Ghost shrimp
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In my 16 gallon, I've had ember tetras and green neons for a few months now, but rarely saw them except for feeding time or if I peeked into the room so they couldn't see me. The tank is in my office, though, so I'm in here all day and was getting pretty bummed out that my beautiful fish just hid in the plants all day.

Today I added 6 Harlequin Rasboras and what a difference! All my fish are now swimming about in the entire tank. The neons are still a little gun shy, but even they're much more visible. I can't believe what a different those Rasboras have made. Amazing! Not to mention how pretty they are.
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Sound like the rasboras broke up some established territories.

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maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

see: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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I don't think there were any territories - they all huddled in the corner under the anubias. Unless I wasn't in the room, then they swam around a little.

-Kristen's tanks:

14g Tall:
Planted, eco-complete, Red Cherry Shrimp

16g Aqueon Bowfront:
Planted, eco-complete, 8 Ember tetras, 7 Green neon tetras, 6 Harlequin Rasboras

36 Aqueon Bowfront: Planted, sand, 10 Julii cories, 8 Zebra Danios
7 Cherry Barbs, Asst snails & Ghost shrimp
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Today I added 6 Harlequin Rasboras and what a difference! All my fish are now swimming about in the entire tank. I can't believe what a different those Rasboras have made. Amazing! Not to mention how pretty they are.
I have had similar experiences with Rasbora's and my Rummies.

The Rummies go everywhere with the addition of the Rasbora. Certainly the Rummies feel at ease with fish swimming about, above them.....

Have fun and be PATIENT!
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