Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 03-03-2013, 01:27 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Rose22's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: South Dakota
Posts: 59
Fish to top of tank

I'm wondering if there is a way to encourage my fish to swim more towards the top of the tank?

I thought Danios were supposed to be a mid upper level swimmer. I have 6 of them, and they are almost exclusivly at the bottom. They like to zip in and out of the caves and plants down by the sand. They're fun to watch, but those with my platys and cories there is just a lot of activity at the bottom of the tank. It it just the lack of cover towards the top? I do have several pieces of fake plants laying around. They are pieces I cut off other plants to shorten them. If I tied some of the pieces together to make a little floating raft type thing could that help? I just feel like the top half of my tank is wasted.

Thanks.
__________________

__________________
Rose22 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2013, 01:31 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Cammywammy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 513
I have a couple plants floating at the top of my tank in order to allow them to grow roots before I plant them. Also I have a big piece of un-dyed yarn floating at the top incase my pregnant fish give birth. My betta likes to hang inside the yarn and my platies like to hang around the plants at the top. Most fish will go to the bottom at some point. Providing cover is all you can do. Good luck!
__________________

__________________
Cammywammy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2013, 04:20 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Sillyfishies's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Omaha,Nebraska
Posts: 3,374
Get some fish that set up a territory on the bottom (like rams).
__________________
90g Reef
30g Long Frag Tank
10g Planted
3g Pico Reef
Sillyfishies is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2013, 05:36 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
juanrivas16's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 80
Try some hachet fish
__________________
juanrivas16 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2013, 05:36 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Sillyfishies's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Omaha,Nebraska
Posts: 3,374
Quote:
Originally Posted by juanrivas16 View Post
Try some hachet fish
Hatchet fish are dull colored
__________________
90g Reef
30g Long Frag Tank
10g Planted
3g Pico Reef
Sillyfishies is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2013, 09:46 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
blueramboy87's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Virginia
Posts: 347
I have hatchetfish and they spend almost all of their time on the top. IMO they look pretty cool
__________________
blueramboy87 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2013, 10:08 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Rose22's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: South Dakota
Posts: 59
I do like hatchets, but I dont have room in my tank to add any other fish.
__________________
Rose22 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2013, 06:59 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
blueramboy87's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Virginia
Posts: 347
How big is your tank and what do you have in it?
__________________
blueramboy87 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2013, 01:02 AM   #9
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
PockX's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 763
It may also help to have highier vegetation/plants if you don't already, to help with feel more secure. And for the most part fish are hardly at the "top" or "upper" of the water. They don't really swim up and down. Fish usually benefit from long or breeder tanks more than tall tanks from what I've seen and experienced.
__________________
PockX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2013, 07:06 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Rose22's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: South Dakota
Posts: 59
Its a 30 gallon tank 6 danios and 4 platys. I did put a clump of fake plants in the top right side of the tank, and that has helped. My female platys really like to swim in them. I do have plants that come to about an inch below the top of the tank, but I think the clump really did the trick. It also added some great hiding areas for my one survivng baby platy.
__________________
Rose22 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2013, 08:24 PM   #11
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
blueramboy87's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Virginia
Posts: 347
If it is a thirty gallon tank, to me it looks like you have plenty of space for a small school of hatchetfish but it probably wouldn't hurt to get some other opinions
__________________
blueramboy87 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2013, 08:28 PM   #12
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
blueramboy87's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Virginia
Posts: 347
I put your stock of fish in on aquadvisor and it said you were at 50% stocking
__________________
blueramboy87 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2013, 11:08 PM   #13
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Rose22's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: South Dakota
Posts: 59
Right now it is. I have a pair of angelfish in a little 10 gallon, (I now know its bad hence the 30 gallon) that will be moved into the 30 soon hopefully. There was an Ich outbreak in the 30 that I've been working on clearing up for about a week now. I lost 1 of the danios that had it pretty bad. Now, only one of the platys still has the tiniest speck on her tail. Everyone else looks great. Once that is gone, I'll keep high heat and salt for another week, and then move the angels over, which will put me 94%.

I was hoping to get a small group of corys. I have 1 lone Julii in the 10 gallon. Again, mistake prior to doing research. Is this doable? My filter is an Aqua-tech 30-60. I also have a smaller filter I could add to it, no idea on the specs I think its for a 20 gallon. I'm also very fussy about water changes and tank cleaning. I have sand in the tank, and dont like the sand looking too dirty. I know the tank will be a little overstocked, but with proper maintenance could it work?

Obviously adding corys would be completely opposite of what I was trying to accomplish with this post originally, but if I can add fish, I'd rather make a current fish's life better then bring in a whole new group.
__________________
Rose22 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-08-2013, 06:26 PM   #14
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
blueramboy87's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Virginia
Posts: 347
Oh I see. I used to have one lone Cory but I no they are supposed to be on groups so maybe you could just add one or two more but I don't know that much about them.
__________________

__________________
blueramboy87 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
fish, tan, tank

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off








» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:44 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.