looking for fish for the top of the aquarium
I have a 20 gallon moderately planted tank. My ph is 7.5 and I keep the temp at 78. I currently have 5 neon tetras, 5 glow light tetras and a pair of bolivian rams. I'm looking for a fish that will stay at the top of the tank most of the time. Anyone have any suggestions? I was thinking maybe a female betta or two? Could I safely keep a male betta? I'm open for any suggestions. Thanks.
Hatchetfish will stay up top. Make sure you have a lid, they will jump.
African butterfly stay on surface. Love hatchetfish.
Be carefull of your stock level.
African Butterflies need a BIG tank. Hatchetfish need a school of 5. Female Betta need a school of 5 or 6. A fiesty male Betta would hold his own with the rest of your stock. A short-finned plakat type. But I wouldn't expect him to stay near the top. They're very curious and really like to get around.
How big are your Rams? How aggressive are they?
My rams are just under 2"s. They have a calm temperment most of the time. I've only seen them chase each other once or twice. 90% of the time they stay right by each other.
I tried a betta with glo-lights and they tore his fins up :(
What about a dwarf gourami?
Again, he'd patrol the whole of the tank, but they spend a lot of time near the surface.
Thanks everyone. I went with a pair of fire honey gouramis. They have really nice color and won't get over 2"s. I attached a pic. Don't mind one of my rams in the back round, they love to come up to the glass to visit any time I come near the tank. lol.
Honey Gouramis are very nice fish too.
Did you manage to get a male/female pair?
If so the male is gorgeous when he's puttin' da moves on :P
Honestly not sure if they are a male/female pair. I just tried to pick two of the most colorful. lol.
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