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Suggestions for mid and top dwellers needed.
Old 06-14-2007, 04:07 AM   #11
 
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No fry allowed.

I think then, that I'll have to reconsider my mid/top dwellers.

Any other suggestions?
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Old 06-14-2007, 08:07 AM   #12
 
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How about Gouramis. Though my pearls are the ones that hang out in the caves :p
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Old 06-14-2007, 09:09 AM   #13
 
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With a betta in the tank, that puts the kibosh on ony sort of long finned critters: Gouramis and Angelfish especially. While I am sure that someone will pop up with the fact that they have been keeping Angels and Gouramis and a male Betta together for years with no problems, they will be the exception, no the rule. Also probably means that African Butterfly fish are right out.

For the surface, you might want to go with 8 silver or marbled hatchetfish. They get 2 1/2" long. You need 8 because they need to be in a group of at least 6 or they pine away (again, someone will say I have had 3 for 35 years and they're healthy as horses), and they can be delicate, so I would get an extra couple.

For the middle, rainbowfish or Congo tetras. Both of them get in the 3-4" range (Praecox(sp?) Rainbows stay smaller) and I think they'll be all right with a betta. Again, schooling fish.

The problem is that non schooling fish tend to be predators. Not compatible with bettas.
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Old 06-14-2007, 11:38 AM   #14
 
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I thought about getting maybe 4 or 5 Boeseman's Rainbowfish, as I love their activity and colors. Also, Hathchetfish have always been on my radar, as I've wanted them for my 20 gal ages ago.

It is unfortunate that my Betta is limiting my choices, but he is my favorite fish in my tank, I refuse to relocate or return him.
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Old 06-14-2007, 03:17 PM   #15
 
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I've got a pair of Boeseman's Rainbowfish and they are great. The only thing I notice is, putting food in the tank makes them turn into superballs so I have to feed a bit extra, otherwise the rest of the fish lose out on theirs :p
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Old 06-14-2007, 07:27 PM   #16
 
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I checked out Boeseman's Rainbowfish again today at my lfs, and for some reason they were REALLY lacking in color. I understand their color changes somewhat with mood/health, but how great are the color variances.
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Old 06-14-2007, 07:40 PM   #17
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I have no idea on how well they would go together with the Betta...but the 5 Black Neons I added to my 29g a short while back have made a home for themselves and have been cruising the middle of the water column ever since.
If one decides to go to the other side of the tank...they all go...and their always moving!
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Old 06-14-2007, 08:32 PM   #18
 
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I checked out Boeseman's Rainbowfish again today at my lfs, and for some reason they were REALLY lacking in color. I understand their color changes somewhat with mood/health, but how great are the color variances.
What kind of conditions were the fish in? Rainbowfish are generally pretty fast so they tend not to get beat up by other fish. Might be the lighting conditions. I notice that my fish get better coloration when I bring them home. Part of it is lighting in the tank/shop and other part is the substrate. Many LFS use particular colors to enhance the colors of certain fish, others, it will tone down the colors of the fish.
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Old 06-14-2007, 09:26 PM   #19
 
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Oh they were in a fine tank, as it had beautiful Ropefish and other shrimp inside that looked quite healthy. I say the Rainbowfish looked dull because compared to other pics I've seen they weren't nearly as glamorous.
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Old 06-14-2007, 09:35 PM   #20
 
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Unfortunately, pictures rarely do fish justice. Most pictures of GBRs I've seen do little justice to the species.
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