Next addition Suggestion
I've noticed that all my fish kinda blend into my aquascaping and I'd like to add something that pops, Current inhabitants are 5 Golden Honey gourami 7 harlequin Rasbora 4 non fancy male guppy's and 2 long fin chocolate BN as well as cherry shrimp that I am beginning to see more often every day.
PH is around 7.5 but slowly lowering it with R/O water changes med hard water, well planted, overall thriving tank with both male GHG guarding bubbles nests.
I almost want something that will avoid the planted areas by my driftwood "cave" in favor of the more open area by the filter. Bright neon colors would be great but even a nice translucent or opaque works as long as it wont blend in the browns and greens and yellows.
I know for sure I want kuhli loachs as soon as I can find them so I've put off getting cory cats, I would LOVE kerri tetra but they seem impossible to find around here and I've almost broken down and gotten black neon tetra but I have the feeling they will blend in as well
On a side note WOW I stopped feeding New life spectrum to them because the pieces were too big(tweezering them smaller sucks) and I ordered smaller stuff and its a huge color difference compared to eating the jacks chain food stuff - only 2 days and tons of color loss
Could you send a clear picture of your tank so I could see what would work?
If this is the 60g hex tank in your log [Bacon, click "Aquariums" tab under Varkolak's name at the left of his post for the log/photos], my first suggestion would be some floating plants. The fish mentioned do not like overhead light, and will naturally be out and about more if they have a "roof" over them.:-)
Second, I can't imagine the five Gold Honey Gourami blending in, but it may be more the above issue.
Kerri tetra might be a bit active here (with present sedate fish), so consider some of the Rosy clade of Hyphessobrycon. Rosy Tetra, Roberts Tetra are well suited, and beautiful. Bleeding Heart is similar but not with Gourami as BH can fin nip such fish. Black Phantom is another from this clade, but depending upon your viewpoint may not be "colourful" for what you want.
With the gravel substrate I would avoid kuhli loach, they are best with sand as it explains in the profile. Whiptail Catfish including the Red Lizard Whiptail would be nice in this setup. A single Bolivian Ram male would work too.
Diamond Tetra really sparkle, esp with those floating plants added.
Lost power right after I posted this thread so completely forgot about it, I ended up picking up 6 black neon tetras and 3 marbled hatchet fish ( there were only 3 at the store) and I'm slightly regretting the neons because they occasionally nip at the rasboras. Not very often but if its often enough to happen while I'm watching then it has to be more common when I'm not around. The hatchet fish mind their own business but haven't taken to the normal top water behavior I expected them to do in favor of shoaling near the driftwood at mid water level. Game plan is leaning towards removing the black neon tetras and putting them in my 90g community in favor of a more timid fish. I'll be visiting Gerber?s Saltwater Warehouse Ohio?s Premier Aquatic Emporium tomorrow to hopefully find some elusive fish, I still don't have any bottom feeders besides the cherry red shrimp
In the morning when my camera is charged I'll try to remember to take some pics to give you an idea of how they are all behaving.
And note this isn't a true hexagon its a rectangle that was made into a pentagon
I would suggest some bright platys. They retain their colors at all times and are hardy enough to withstand the cycling process. They're peaceful and swim at all levels. Parameters are pretty wide.
Got 10 more harlequins so now the shoal is 17 in my planted, the neons went to 90 and I'll try to get a few more to keep them company tomorrow or tonight when it cools down. Since I returned to the NFS food all the colors have perked back up and the harlequins have been shoaling excellently
To fish_monger platys would eat my shrimp and make me sad xD
I've been set on the kuhli loaches from the start and I know not every tank is perfect but with all the ground level peacock moss and hiding holes they should be comfortable enough to not want to burrow. That said the gerber saltwater warehouse had a huge selection of some of the best looking fish I've ever seen. I was able to buy the 10 harlequins for 20 and then 3 kuhli for 6 each. The guy said he would order some kerri tetras because he likes carrying odd fish that are hard to find. He had a male and female freshwater sting ray so I know where I'm going on my next dream tank
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