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JackBauer 02-21-2007 05:23 PM

Mixing schools?

So I've heard that some fish prefer to have groups of 6 or more fish. I've also heard somewhere else that some fish are close enough that they might school together.

I'm wondering if anyone knows a really good resource where I can find out more about this, or if they could tell me, that would be great.

The reason I am concerned about this is because I want to try and really get as many different kinds of fish in here as possible, without overstocking.

Lupin 02-21-2007 05:27 PM

That applies more on fish with almost the same resemblance yet different species.
Neons and cardinals resemble each other except the extension of red coloration but they shoal together all the same. 3 species of rummies will also shoal together. And so do zebra and leopard danios. Harlequin rasboras and hengelis may also have the chance to do so although I've never tried the hengelis but their appearance are close anyway.:)

JackBauer 02-21-2007 05:34 PM

So then any benefit I might gain really doesn't matter, since they'll pretty much look close enough to the same anyway right?

Thanks much!

Lupin 02-21-2007 05:39 PM

There's nothing wrong with that.:) It's fun to watch different species shoal together.

nathsgirl 02-22-2007 05:42 PM

we have 6 harlequin rasboras and 5 cardinal tetras and they seem to shoal together quite happily!! weird.

ShirishSadalgekar 02-24-2007 10:35 AM

Re: Mixing schools?
I found the happiness index of Neons the best when they were 2 dzs in school with 2 dzs with Butterfly(Ornamental) Guppies. That means they were mixed with another school of guppies.

jones57742 02-24-2007 10:46 AM


This may not be common behavior but my neon tetras and glowlight tetras shoal quite a bit together.


tophat665 02-24-2007 10:00 PM

Ive got Black Neons that shoal with Glowlights (6 of each). Also, my Flame tetras and Long Fin Blacks seem to hang around each other a goodly amount.

musho3210 02-24-2007 10:01 PM

i dont know if i would call it shoaling but my oto likes to follow my danio(s) around, but can never keep up and gives up later on

pleco_cory_fan 02-24-2007 10:34 PM

My cardinals sometimes like to shoal with my rummynose i think its because there from the same lake but its intresting anyway.

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