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bigfish93 03-02-2012 09:19 PM

Any non shoaling fish??
I will be setting up a 40 gallon breeder tank shortly. It will be a south american theme, moderately planted with some driftwood. So far I am set on getting 7 Lemon Tetra (already have them in my 20 gallon which will be taken down soon) and 9-11 Rummynose Tetra. I would like to add one more species to the tank. I really like the look of the Ember Tetra and the dwarf hatchetfish. However, both of these are shoaling fish, requiring at least 7 for them to be happy. Are there any non shoaling fish that would be happy in a 40 gallon breeder tank with lemon and rummynose tetra? Thanks for all the help everyone!

Jayy 03-02-2012 09:23 PM

A pair of Pearl Gourami would be nice. Or dwarf cichlids like, Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlid, Kribs, or Bolivian Ram.

Byron 03-03-2012 01:37 PM

If you're staying with South America, not the gourami. But any of the dwarf cichlids (one species only though) will work. Some are best in pairs (male/female), some in a harem (1 male/2-3 females). Most will need very soft acidic water (as does the rummynose)since they will be wild caught, or perhaps tank raised from a local breeder. One of my favs is Dicrossus filamentosus or Dicrossus maculatus. These are absolutely stunning fish. Most of the Apistogramma, but they are not all "the same" with respect to behaviours, size. The Bolivian Ram is nice, I would suggest either a single male or a bonded pair in that sized tank--and not any "pair" will work, they have to decide and bond. Same for the common ram Mikrogeophagus ramirezi. The latter needs warmth, fine for the rummys though pushing it a bit and esp for the Lemons.

And of course substrate fish; there are several smaller/medium catfish that will work singly or some in groups.

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