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kane chisholme 06-30-2011 08:17 PM

Top dweller fish
Hello guys, just wondering if any of you can give me some ideas on fish that will generally stay towards the top of the tank. An e.g would be zebra danios or killifish.

Thanks, Kane.

Romad 06-30-2011 08:51 PM

I've got red wag platys and black bar (comet) platys that stay pretty much at the top of the tank. They are by far the most playful fish in my community tank.

Not sure if you were thinking of anything like that but I'm sure glad I got some :) They always play in the stream of water going back into the tank during water changes too.

kane chisholme 06-30-2011 09:48 PM

Come to think of it, most livebearers probably enjoy the top.

Thanks for the help :)
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jeaninel 07-01-2011 11:58 AM

Hatchetfish and guppies immediately come to mind.

crazy4fish 07-01-2011 12:10 PM

butterfly fish and gouramis

Byron 07-01-2011 12:12 PM

Some have already been mentioned, but just to provide a complete list off the top of my head: hatchetfish, pencilfish, pyrulina species, some killifish (the black and white barred one from Africa,name escapes me, nice fish); the dwarf rasbora frequently spend much time at the surface or near it, esp with floating plants. And this is something all surface fish need.

African butterfly fish, but these are voracious predators with small fish that approach the surface.

jeaninel 07-01-2011 12:26 PM

Bettas also.

Of course, each fish has it's own requirements and we're assuming you would research your choices and pick based on your particular water parameters and tank mates.

kane chisholme 07-01-2011 04:35 PM

Well thanks for all the replies.

P.s ofcouse I research my fish first, for week or months beforehand :)
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bubbles1 07-01-2011 05:23 PM

definetly hatchets they dont go anywhere but the surface

mattfishgeek 07-01-2011 06:52 PM

i would go with hatchets. They look great in a little shoal. Ideally you should keep 6 or more. They do require a tank cover as these fish do jump. Also they do appreciate a few floating plants. But these fish are ideal for what you want, i love them ive kept them for like 12 years now and am never with out a little shoal of them in one of my tanks

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