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bubbles1 01-21-2013 11:55 AM

20 gallon good schooler/shoaler
 
Okay so right now I have a nice medium planted tank,
With
6 cories
1 SAE
And 1 GBR

I really want a nice big school of charican,barb or rasbora
I'm think like 12 or something but I would really want like close schooling species for this tank and will really look nice

I either wanted maybe two smaller schools or just one big one

I really like cherry barbs, they're kinda slow and chill and the males dance a lot and are nice, but If I got at least 8 would they be in a nice shoal or group most the time?

Next I like red eye tetra but would they school tightly-ish in a big group?

Ill take any suggestions for stocking from experience or knowledge!!


Ps.I might put my SAE in another tank and get a shoal of ottos instead cause I need more efficient algae eating on the plants

Thanks for all help

Molinious 01-21-2013 03:39 PM

you could try having a look at the profile for rummynose tetra, they school really well and are pretty active

Byron 01-21-2013 03:44 PM

The cherry barb should work, though I would prefer a quieter species. All barbs like to swim, and this means more active, which generally does not match well with sedate fish like the dwarf cichlids.

The Red Eye Tetra is not a good match as it is very active and need more room and a larger group or it can fin nip; and such fish should never be in with sedate fish. Plus there is the temp issue.

Rams should be warm, 82F or above, and this limits tankmates. [Not sure what corys you have, but most of those will not last well at this high a temp.] Check through our profiles, under the characins, keeping lookout for peaceful and less active fish that are OK in a 20g, and manage at higher temps.

Byron.

bubbles1 01-22-2013 11:22 AM

Alright I like rummys they're nice !
I hope my store has tem when I go !!

I remember they had some ember tetras how are those for schooling?? Or lemon tetra are nice too! And I saw robertsi tetra I have never seen or heard of them before does anybody know what they're like?

jenste 01-22-2013 11:30 AM

For best "shoaling" stick to one large group rather than 2 smaller groups. A large shoal looks much more impressive than mix-matched smaller shoals.

Byron 01-22-2013 12:13 PM

Yes, all tetra are shoaling fish that must be in a group. Six is often given as the minimum, but the fact is that the fish will be better (healthier) with more. A few species need more. All this is mentioned in the profiles.

Just watch the temperature. Even if a species has say 82F as the upper limit, this doesn't mean the fish should be maintained at that temp permanently. It is always best to keep fish in the middle of their preferred range. The higher the temp, the harder the fish has to work to "live" and this wears it out.


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