04-03-2008, 12:07 AM
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What do you have for filtration?
I would definitely get more tatras, and I would get Cardinals, instead of neons..
In my opinion they are nicer looking than neons, and not as prone to disease..
You could have a school of 15..
In fact, I would get 20-25, and maybe get rid of 1-2 other groups of fish..
IMHO it looks weird and artificial when you have too many different type fish together in one tank..
Go big or go home.. (ie, nix the 4 barbs, for example)
And cardinals especially look absolutely stunning in a large group, moving as one.. And the more swimming space you give them, the less crowded they'll feel, and the more apt the are to exhibit this behavior, rather than each doing their own thing..
I would add some bottom feeders and algae eaters, too, and knock the amount of other fish down further.. A school of 6 corys and 1-2 bristlenose plecos, for example..
That would add the bottom of the tank as an area of interest, instead of having all the fish in the top and middle, and they would help keep your tank clean..
Just my 2 cents....