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post #1 of 6 Old 10-21-2007, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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recommend a small schooling fish compatible with guppies?

can someone recommend some fish for me?

the ideal fish would be:
- small
- colorful
- schooling behavior
- won't eat or dig up live plants
- likely to breed and have babies
- compatible with guppies
- compatible with yamato shrimp

this is for a 90 or 110 gallon tank. i would like to have some small fish and watch them breed in a nice big planted tank where they have more than enough room.

thanks in advance for ideas ;)
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post #2 of 6 Old 10-21-2007, 09:13 PM
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Kuhli Loaches
True Siamese Algae Eater
Glass Catfish
Ancistrus plecs
Bumblebee Gobies
Checker Barb(Barbus oligolepis)
Cherry Barb(Capoeta titteya)
Golden Barb(Capoeta schuberti)
Five-banded Barb(Barbodes pentazona)
Odessa Barb(Barbus "odessa")
Cuming's Barb(Barbus cumingi)
Zebra Danios
Pearl Danios
Boraras brigittae - Mosquito rasbora
Boraras maculatus - Dwarf rasbora
Boraras merah
Boraras micros
Boraras urophthalmoides
Sawbwa resplendens

Celestial Pearl Danio
Harlequin Rasboras
Hengeli Rasboras
Trigonostigma espei
Rasbora boraptensis

Black Neon Tetra(Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi)
Black Phantom Tetra(Megalamphodus megalopterus)
Bleeding Heart Tetra(Hyphessobrycon erythrostigma)
Cardinal Tetra(Cheirodon axelrodi)
Diamond Tetra(Moenkhausia pittieri)
Ember Tetra (Hyphessobrycon amandae)
Emperor Tetra(Nematobrycon palmeri)
Flame Tetra(Hyphessobrycon flammeus)
Glowlight Tetra(Hemigrammus eryhthrozonus)
Head-and-Tail-Light(Hemigrammus ocellifer)
January Tetra(Hemigrammus hyanuary)
Jewel Tetra(Hyphessobrycon callistus)
Kerri Tetra(Inpaichthys kerri)
Lemon Tetra(Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis)
Loreto tetra(Hyphessobrycon peruvianus)
Neon Tetra(Paracheirodon innesi)
Red Phantom Tetra(Hyphessobrycon sweglesi)
Robert's Tetra(Hyphessobrycon robertsi)
Rosy Tetra(Hyphessobrycon bentosi)
Rummy-Nose Tetra(Hemigrammus bleheri)
Rummy-Nose Tetra(Hemigrammus rhodostomus)
Rummy-Nose Tetra(Petitella georgiae)
X-ray Tetra(Pristella maxillaris)
Copella arnoldi
Copella nattereri
Nannostomus beckfordi
Nannostomus eques
Nannostomus harrisoni
Nannostomus marginatus
Nannostomus mortenthaleri
Nannostomus nitidus
Nannostomus trifasciatus
Nannostomus unifasciatus
Carnegiella strigata
Gasteropelecus levis
Gasteropelecus sternicla
Iriatherina werneri
Telmatherina ladigesi
Melanotaenia praecox
Pseudomugil furcatus
Pseudomugil cyanodorsalis
Pseudomugil gertrudae
Pseudomugil signifer
Pseudomugil tenellus

Just as a side note, I did not include other livebearers for possible crossbreeding and temperament issues. Swordtails are well known for being aggressive and may bully guppies. The same thing can be said with Xiphophorus variatus as they inherit the swordtail's genes. Endler's Livebearers will easily crossbreed with guppies.

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post #3 of 6 Old 10-22-2007, 06:52 AM Thread Starter
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wow that is quite a list! thanks so much!! :)
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post #4 of 6 Old 10-22-2007, 04:58 PM
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The only fish I can think to add are cory species. They do display some schooling behavior and depending on what species, can be very attractively patterned and easy to breed.

I think that the danios and livebearers are probably the easiest to breed out of Lupins suggestions, all of which are great suggestions.
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post #5 of 6 Old 10-22-2007, 07:47 PM
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Go with Cories. Get about a half dozen. I don't do anything exotic (beyond feeding them frozen food a couple of times a week) and I've had my sterbas breed once and my albino bronzes breed 3 times.

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post #6 of 6 Old 10-23-2007, 12:24 AM
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Cory cats would be one that would be likely to breed in the environment you describe. As for other small fish, the list that Lupin so generously provided contained a number of species I would never suggest mixing with guppies, and because they are egg laying and/or egg scattering fishes, are unlikely to spawn successfully in a community tank.

I can think of 1 specific fish that would meet all of your requirements... coral platy. These are a dwarf species of livebearing platy, and the ratio for them is the same as the guppys (at least 2 females to each male). Coral platys tend to be a very deep and vivid red/orange in color, and are peaceful with the same breeding habits as the guppys.

There is quite a long list of compatible fish for what you wish to create, but as I said, the likliehood for most of them to breed is just not there. If content with not having babies from every type of fish in the tank, some quick ideas for you to consider that are peaceful enough to put with guppys, and quite common on the market, bright in color, schooling, and somewhat "easy" to keep...
Neon tetras (I would suggest neon instead of cardinals, they tend to be sturdier and the pH requirements differ with the cardinals and guppys)
silver tetras
choprae danios
glo lite tetras
lampeye rasbora (these are pretty in a school with their blue eyes glowing in the reflection of the lights and stay fairly small like the rest)
green fire tetra (the green is almost irridescent, the red/orange is vivid once they're settled in and mature, and the white is so bright it just sets this fish on fire! These are one of my favorites of the smaller tetras, and they're peaceful)
pygmy cory catfish instead of any of the standard cory catfish
or panda corys (the pandas stay smaller than most of the others and the pygmys stay very small)
the list goes on, but these are the ones off the top of my head that I would suggest you google, take a look at what they all are before making your choices. Even in a 90 or 110 gallon tank, a few spawns from guppys and/or other groups of fish in the tank will send the population soaring quickly. Be prepared to not see many fry survive, even in a heavily planted tank, if there are a large number of other fish in there. The other fish will eat the fry if they find them or can catch them, and some fish know to hang out in the right places around a female giving birth in a community tank.
If you have questions about any of the fish on any of our lists here, let us know, we're happy to help.. and be prepared to take pics, I want to see this tank when it's finished, it sounds beautifully planned.

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Juneau, WI
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