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wumpus 10-10-2009 12:20 PM

Surface dwelling fish
I need good ideas on what some nice looking top dwelling fish are. I just finished cycling a 55 gallon tank and it has three Bala Sharks and and big african dwarf frog. So any suggestions are helpful. Thanks

kelly528 10-11-2009 05:01 PM

Ditch the bala sharks unless you are getting a 100-150 gallon tank in the next 2 months. They will grow past 1 foot in length.

By large african dwarf frog, do you mean african clawed frog?

Common surface dwellers include labyrinth fish such as gouramis and betta species.

wumpus 10-11-2009 08:17 PM

Thanks for the help. Are you sure about the bala sharks? I was told that they'd grow no more than 10". I'm not sure about the frog I got it from a neighbor who couldnt take care of it.

fighttest 10-11-2009 08:28 PM

silver hatchet fish look nice they stay just under the surface all of the time

JohnnyD44 10-11-2009 08:52 PM

i agree about the sharks too, they'll grow too large for a 55G

willieturnip 10-12-2009 09:06 AM

Bala/Silver sharks have been known to get to 16 inches, but this is VERY rare. Expect a foot.

kelly528 10-12-2009 11:35 AM

Yupp. While I was checking my facts for you I came across a story of someone who was looking for a 200g because her balas (who get very skittish in groups of 3 or less) would literally bolt and smack into the walls of the tank or even jump up and hit the lid when she approached the tank!

wumpus 10-12-2009 06:49 PM

O wow I guess I'll have to change something then.

teddyzaper 10-16-2009 07:23 PM

if u are to get a bigger tank u could get some needle fish. im not really sure about them or really anything but they are skinny and cool and live most their lives on the surface

aunt kymmie 10-16-2009 10:03 PM

African Butterfly Fish?

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