Top-Dwelling Fish Suggestions
I have noticed that I have have no fish who will spend very much time at the surface, which makes my 30G tank look very bare sometimes. I want to add a Top-Dwelling fish. It would be best for it to be be ok alone, and not get too large (like 4-5" max).
Tank Set-up (30G):
-5 Red Wag Platies
-1 Clown Pleco
-1 Female Betta, who will most likely be rehomed.
Have live plants that extend up and out from the surface.
'trates never exceed 15ppm, if not 10ppm.
pH stays around 6.8
Water Hardess is generally pretty neutral.
I was looking at ABF's, as my LFS has a new stock of them. Could that be a possibility? I am open to all suggestions.
ok i think an AFB would be a bad sujestion with ur platies but im not sure how they repond with anything smaller then them. Though mine is in a tank that has 3 feeder mollies that have lived for a week in there cause they are to big for all my preditors so far. the only fish i think in my tank that could eat one is my 4 inch AFB but i even see them (and some fry that were in there very shortly before being eaten) hanging out with my AFB.
I dont think i helped at all :oops:
Very few fish are actually "topwater fish". That term is a generality to explain which fish swim where. Imagine lines placed horizontally in your tank defining botom, mid-water , and topwater. Topwater fishes are the ones in the upper 1/3 of the tank. So, like many other terms in the hobby, we are misled into thinking something that isn't.
ABF's, hatchetfish, and arowannas are fish that come to mind when thinking of fish that prefer the most upper reaches of the tank. All are notorious jumpers, so attention must be given to alleviate that problem. Hatchet fish would probably be the fish most likely to fill the bill in your in your scenario. Some killifish would also be a nominee, if you can find them.
My platies are a pretty good size, though. My newest ones are around 2", with my older ones being 2.5-3". I know ABF's have huge mouths.
Any other suggestions?
Killifish huh? I found a bunch of eggs on aquabid for what I thought was a good price.
Beware the killifish eggs on ebay and aquabid. Many, in fact most, are eggs of annual killifish. Very short lived. Spawn and die for the most part.
Few know that the flag fish is a native killie.
Golden wonder killies spend most of their time up top. Hatchets also stay up top for the most part but must be kept in groups of at least six. I think an ABF would be a cool idea...maybe temporarily rehome the platies and drop in a similar-sized feeder fish to see what the ABF does? I've never owned one but from what I've read, some will eat anything that will fit in their mouths while others won't harm a fly (well they probably would harm a fly, but not a platy).
I dont mind giving an ABF flies or crickets every now and then. The killies are an interesting choice too...
Beware of killies, many can be rather aggressive. Also, many need lower water temps and other such things. Just research like crazy because there are many different killies with many very different needs.
I was looking for info at both ABF's and Killies, and I found this page on ABF's: http://www.wetpetz.com/afbutterflyfish.htm
It says platies can be kep with ABF's (near bottom of the page). But, the thing, that is the only page that says anything about platies being with ABF's. I look into more research.
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