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marshallsea 05-26-2012 05:26 PM

synchronized swimmers
are there any reasonably priced tropical fish that swim synchronized if in large enough group?

dlambert 05-26-2012 06:49 PM lol actually googled "shoaling fish" and got a thread from here :) IMO the key to getting them to look "synchronized" is giving them enough space to move around.. if they are in a small tank they will stray more and swim around on their own because there is no chance of the group moving far enough away to give them the instinct to bunch up. but tetras (columbian are very beautiful imo) are cheap and would be a good choice if u have many and plenty of room for them to cruise around.. if u have too few or not enough room i think the "synchronized" effect will be diminished reguardless of the type of fish.

Olympia 05-26-2012 06:59 PM

I hear that the rummynose/firehead tetra shoal together pretty tightly.
Dlambert is right though.. Fish will stick together more in a larger space. In smaller tanks groups feel more inclined to disperse as they are always close together anyways.

Geomancer 05-27-2012 09:31 AM

My Harliquen Rasbora are like that in my 125 gallon. They're usually in a group, but it isn't unusual for the group to change directions while the lead 2 or 3 fish don't notice and keep moving.

Kind of funny when they realize and dash to catch up with the larger school.

Molinious 05-27-2012 12:39 PM

The "classic" fish for shoaling has got to be either Neon Tetra or Cardinal Tetra, there great to watch and tend to stick together but i do agree that Rummynose Tetra are fun to watch aswell

Olympia 05-27-2012 12:40 PM

From what I hear neons are poor shoaling fish.
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Stormfish 05-27-2012 12:42 PM

My Celebes Rainbows usually stick together. Although that may be an effect of the Bleeding Heart Tetra, who are complete evil jerks. I'm not sure.

Molinious 05-27-2012 12:45 PM

Molinious 05-27-2012 12:47 PM

marshallsea 05-27-2012 05:33 PM


Originally Posted by Molinious (Post 1097256)

very nice, thanks for the link.

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