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post #1 of 17 Old 03-05-2012, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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What are some of the most peaceful fish you have ever kept?

I’ve been curious about the different kinds of really peaceful fish species there are, and I thought it would be fun to hear what everyone’s experiences have been.

For me:
Lambchop Rasboras, Trigonostigma espei: I kept a group of 10 of these guys in my 75 gallon. They were actually mislabeled as Harlequin Rasboras, it took me awhile to find out they were not the same thing. They are very tight schooling fish. I lost some to disease, and when I replaced them with Harlequin Rasboras I thought I’d gotten bullies or something because I saw them doing things like darting at other fish, which I’d never seen my Lambchops do. These guys always swim tightly together, they never so much as dart or display at each other. They are the epitome of peacefulness to me.

Gold Tetra, Hemigrammus rodwayi: I’ve had a school of 10 of these. Like the Lambchops, they never dart or bother anyone. But the reason they seem really peaceful to me is their behavior, not towards themselves, but towards other fish species. They have a tendency (at least mine do) to try and school with other mid-dwelling fish, and will happily swim about with them. At one time mine formed a school with themselves, the Espei Rasboras, and Dwarf Neon Rainbowfish, this school lasted over a year and consisted of just over 2 dozen fish. Eventually though, the new Harlequins I got would chase and the Gold tetras wouldn’t school with them anymore, and a new male Rainbow would corral the females away from the Gold Tetras, apparently more interested in a single-species school. The Gold Tetras will still swim in 1 big school with everyone after water changes though.

Corydoras Catfish – I have a group of around 14 Panda Cories. They are always bumbling around together, and they often look like they are actually playing. Never seen any aggression from them either, towards other fish or their own species. Adults will share a sinking wafer with fry the size of their caudal fin, it’s so cute.

So how about yours?
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I’ve been curious about the different kinds of really peaceful fish species there are, and I thought it would be fun to hear what everyone’s experiences have been.

For me:
Lambchop Rasboras, Trigonostigma espei: I kept a group of 10 of these guys in my 75 gallon. They were actually mislabeled as Harlequin Rasboras, it took me awhile to find out they were not the same thing. They are very tight schooling fish. I lost some to disease, and when I replaced them with Harlequin Rasboras I thought I’d gotten bullies or something because I saw them doing things like darting at other fish, which I’d never seen my Lambchops do. These guys always swim tightly together, they never so much as dart or display at each other. They are the epitome of peacefulness to me.

Gold Tetra, Hemigrammus rodwayi: I’ve had a school of 10 of these. Like the Lambchops, they never dart or bother anyone. But the reason they seem really peaceful to me is their behavior, not towards themselves, but towards other fish species. They have a tendency (at least mine do) to try and school with other mid-dwelling fish, and will happily swim about with them. At one time mine formed a school with themselves, the Espei Rasboras, and Dwarf Neon Rainbowfish, this school lasted over a year and consisted of just over 2 dozen fish. Eventually though, the new Harlequins I got would chase and the Gold tetras wouldn’t school with them anymore, and a new male Rainbow would corral the females away from the Gold Tetras, apparently more interested in a single-species school. The Gold Tetras will still swim in 1 big school with everyone after water changes though.

Corydoras Catfish – I have a group of around 14 Panda Cories. They are always bumbling around together, and they often look like they are actually playing. Never seen any aggression from them either, towards other fish or their own species. Adults will share a sinking wafer with fry the size of their caudal fin, it’s so cute.

So how about yours?
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post #3 of 17 Old 03-05-2012, 02:52 PM
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For me it is my Opaline Gourami and my Oto's. They are all so sweet and never bother anyone else. I have 2 black skirt tetra that are pretty nice too. They were hand me down fish and I didn't want them but... I took them and thee are quite nice as well. They are only in with 5 male Guppies though so not a lot of a test, I guess.

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post #4 of 17 Old 03-05-2012, 11:15 PM
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I also would say my oto's, they bother no one! I wish I could say the same for "sunny" our very aggesive balloon mollie, he pushes all my other fish around....little Basterd! But my wife loves the little guy.
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I also would say my oto's, they bother no one! I wish I could say the same for "sunny" our very aggesive balloon mollie, he pushes all my other fish around....little Basterd! But my wife loves the little guy.
My Cory's seem to be very peacefull when they are in a group. They are very energetic at times and just chill like the ottos at others.

I just got this Neon Blue Dwarf Gourami for my 29 and he seems to be quite chill by himself.


Although i hear they fight if more than one male is present. Once he chills a little bit more I can take another video of him. He is fun to watch eat too!
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I love gouramis but I can't get any since I have ghost shrimp in my tank and the gourami will eat em =(
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post #7 of 17 Old 04-28-2012, 10:07 PM
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My Albino Cory Cats are all the most peaceful fish. They never show any aggression. They only sleep, eat and play (they are extremely playful). No one bothers them, and they never bother anyone else. Cory Cats are the best little fish ever.
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I have not kept that many fish as I am still new to all this but out of the fish I have kept my Otos are the most peaceful fish I have and have kept so far.

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post #9 of 17 Old 04-29-2012, 01:52 PM
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My most peaceful fish are my brown kuhli loaches. They never bother a soul and just keep to themselves, digging and rooting in the sand. And they are just so darn cute ^-^

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post #10 of 17 Old 04-29-2012, 01:58 PM
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My glass cats are peaceful.
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