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sweetcaroline 03-18-2008 06:01 PM

ideas for schooling fish for a new 37 G
Hey all,
I have set up a new 37 gallon tank which is cycling now. I have a few bottom feeders that will be moved over to the new tank once cycling has finished but am looking to add some schooling fish to complete the look of the tank. I don't know much about them, but I want something a little larger than say tetras or danios if possible. Any suggestions? Can I add them before cycling finishes? How many is a good number for a 37 g?
Thanks for any help/suggestions!

Cody 03-18-2008 06:38 PM

Schooling fish, or shoaling fish? Most fish you see in groups in a FW aquarium are shoaling. This means they swim in a group, but not everyone the same way.

It would be best to add them after the cycle.

What are the dimensions of this tank? Tank lenght would help us know what fish can go in.

Flashygrrl 03-18-2008 07:06 PM

What bottom feeders do you have, exactly? That's kind of an important thing for us to know, too, in order to help you put together a stocking list.

okiemavis 03-19-2008 09:05 PM

I've got 12 threadfin rainbows and I love them! They are shoaling fish, but they stick together about 95% of the time and are really cool. They may look a little bland at the LFS but they'll color right up at home, and they do this really cool flaring thing to establish the pecking order.

westpoison 03-23-2008 12:34 AM

How big is your tank? I mean the diamension. If its a 3 feet rectangular tanks i will recommend having 20-30 neon tetras. If you wanna have bigger fishes, then your tank might not be able to house as many of them. And thus will defeat the purpose of having shoaling fish.

The bare minimum stock level for tropical fish is
2.5cm (1 in) of fish per 30 sq cm (4.65 sq in) of tank water surface area.

so if you have a 3 feet tank, the measurement will be 1meter by 30cm of surface area. It can house around 90neons ( their size only around 2.5 cm or 1in). In order for them to leave more comfortablably, 20-30neons will be ideal. And you can see them shoaling.

Hope that help cheers :D

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