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I was considering getting at least 3 of what kind of Rainbowfish is available at Petsmart and the petstore by my house for my 55 gallon, along with a Striped Raphael Catfish. I heard that Rainbowfish are very nice-looking after a while and I like the striped catfish as is (also, it makes noises!!!:-D). They're nice, right?
So what do you think about my selection and anything you would add or subtract? Oh and also, what kind of plants should I get if I go planted? And if you could, please mention any kind of fish compatible with these kinds that would eat baby snails, as I fear I'm going to have a problem with them soon.
 

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First, how big is your tank?

The dwarf neons are always fun to watch when you have multiples, I had 5 and they all schooled together.

Red Banded males are gorgeous when they're spawning/ bright reds and fins. Yellow Austrians are unique when their colors come in.
 

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Rainbows are wonderful fish. For your 55, I would get the dwarf neons. The others will grow quite large and a 55 is small or them. Perfect for the dwarf neons though, as well as any of the smaller like thread fins and all. I would get 12 - 3 males and 9 females. They are easy to sex by looking at the colors of the fins. Rainbows are active schooling fish - the more you get the more you will enjoy them, and really the better they will do. I do not recommend getting just 3.

You can keep a variety of fish in a 55. What is in it now?

The best solution to dealing with snails is to adjust your feeding. What kind of snail? Snail eating fish don't necessarily eat all snails.
 

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I love Boesemani rainbows. I kept all males in my 55 at one time and they are very active fish and will use the full length of the tank. I've kept the dwarf neon (Praecox) also and they are very nice also, stay smaller and not as active.

I like Raphael cats but I never see mine. They're nocturnal so will hide all day.
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Rainbows are wonderful fish. For your 55, I would get the dwarf neons. The others will grow quite large and a 55 is small or them. Perfect for the dwarf neons though, as well as any of the smaller like thread fins and all. I would get 12 - 3 males and 9 females. They are easy to sex by looking at the colors of the fins. Rainbows are active schooling fish - the more you get the more you will enjoy them, and really the better they will do. I do not recommend getting just 3.

You can keep a variety of fish in a 55. What is in it now?

The best solution to dealing with snails is to adjust your feeding. What kind of snail? Snail eating fish don't necessarily eat all snails.
Currently, the 55 is completely empty, I was just planning. The snails I have are Mystery Snails (not sure exactly what type) and one of them just started laying clutches in my other tank.
 

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What about adding some golden white clouds with the rainbows and the catfish? Would that work?
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