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So far I've got a red tail shark and 2 marble angels in the tank. The Angels are slightly larger than a quarter and the RTS is about 2 inches.

I want to add a flashy school of fish that will get along with the others. I really like the look of Cardinal Tetras... any chance the Angels won't hunt them down? What are some other types of schooling fish I can throw in there that will thrive? Danios maybe? I want a peaceful community :cool:
 

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I personally think rummy nose tetras look great in schools, depending on your tank sizr golden barbs are really gorgeous too.
 

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The tank is 33 gallon. The rummy nose looks cool. But still worried about aggression from the angels.
 

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Rummynose are one of my favorite tetras. They're great schoolers too. I've kept angels and rummies along with Harlequin Rasboras with nio issues. How big are your angels?
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The Angels are small, about 1.25 inch body but seeing how they already want to eat the single anonymous live bearer fry I have in a plastic float container.... I'm not too keen on how they perceive smaller fish. The live bearer came along when the pet store scooped up the shark. The shark had no interest in snacking on the fry but the Angels want to tear it apart.

I like the rummy noses a lot, I'll see if the nearby Petsmart have them is stock.... I also like the looks of the golden barbs that crazy4fish suggested.
 

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Be careful with the angels. If they turn out to be a pair and spawn, they'll be agressive to each other and to the other fish in the tank. And since they're cichlids, they might do it anyways.
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I'm keeping the PH at 7 so I hope that keeps the Angels from getting frisky in case they are opposite sexes.
 

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I'll make sure to avoid any romantic music too.... :-D
 
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Lol. Good luck! I just know my pair of angels tried to kill each other when they weren't spawning, and other fish when they were.
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Cherry barbs are probaly my favorite schooling fish. Very beautiful, active , and plenty of personality. Also they are large enough to not be too easy of a target for angelfish.
I love angelfish, but be careful- little ones can change personality as they grow!
 

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Lol. Good luck! I just know my pair of angels tried to kill each other when they weren't spawning, and other fish when they were.
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I guess I'll have to wait and see when they reach adulthood. For now, they look cute swimming the length of the tank side by side. Hopefully they will leave my school of fish alone. Which is why I want a school that's fast and hardy. So far I'm leaning towards the Rummy Noses....
 

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Meh you all are so negative about angelfish! Not all of them kill each other!

For cardinals I'm not sure. I used I think that they wouldn't be good with angels (although I have neon tetras, which is kinda an experiment...), I saw some huge ones recently that probably would have been big enough.

PH 7 won't do much to stop them ;)
 
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If you keep the tank well planted, the schooling fish will have plenty of cover away from your spawning angels.
I've been chatting lots with angel folks about getting some schooling fish and most stated that if they got smaller schooling fish while the angels were small, the angels grew up not attempting to eat the fish. Especially when you keep your fish well fed ;)
 

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Hi Crazyfish! Welcome to TFK! Looks like you're getting some good suggestions!

I hope you don't mind if I ask a *slightly* off topic question or two? I don't keep any of the same fish that you do, but I read a lot of threads around here, and always want to learn more. ^__^

I'm curious to hear thoughts on if the height of this tank may become a cause for concern as these fish age. . . kind of the reverse of what we typically see. . .

Is this tank TALL enough for angels at full height?
Will the RTS become a problem for his tankmates as they grow?
 

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The height of the tank is 18 inches which should be ok for the Angels but I am worried that the shark may get territorial and run the whole tank. Right now they seem to be getting along like the 3 musketeers. I've read that with RTS, it's hit or miss on aggressiveness. I haven't seen this one chase anything yet but it is still young.
 
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Personally, the sharks swimming habits is much more different than the angels and it may stress them out as they mature.
When schooling fish are comfortable and feel safe, they're not speeding around like you see in stores. So they're actually calmer and suited well with fish like angels.

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Oh! 18 inches! Standard 33g tanks are listed at around the 12-13" mark in height. I was having a hard time picturing a full-grown angel and a full grown RTS so close below. o_O
Is it the standard 4 feet long?

From what I've seen around RTS often get quite grumpy when they hit maturity, but seem sweet as juvies. . . many of our members have run into trouble with these fish long after bringing them home. Glad that you're keeping a close watch on things!

Good point about the swimming styles, Fishy. . .
 
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