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Old 10-19-2006, 07:58 PM   #1
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im starting fresh with my 55 gal. i want to get some type of schooling fish. i know the different neons but i was wondering if there other breeds out there with the same behavior. if anyone knows the quantities that would be healthy that would be great too. cheers.
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There are dozens of different schooling tetras as well as rasboras and barbs. Do you want a particular size or color? With a 55 gallon tank you could keep several different schools. I like rummy noses, red eye and columbian tetras. I like harlequin rasboras. I have never kept barbs but there are many differentt types. Danios are another schooling fish commonly available.
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Old 10-19-2006, 08:08 PM   #3
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Buenos aires, bleeding heart, serpae are additional tetras that will school if provided enough numbers. I always recommend a minimum of 6.
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I vote for lemon tetras! I went with 9 in my 30gallon and they are very active and a lot of fun to watch. As mentioned, at least 6...
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I love my rosy barb school =)
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Old 10-20-2006, 01:10 PM   #6
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I had rummy nose tetras years ago that were great schoolers...they were in a long tank at the time and were always together. I like danios too although mine don't school as tightly as the rummys had.
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Roseline sharks school, are very active, and do not bother any other fish. Only drawback is the price.
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Old 10-20-2006, 05:47 PM   #8
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Lemon tetras are pretty cool. Their colors never look very good in the store, but mine got really bright yellow once I got them home.

I haven't seen many other things that school as well as tetras and rasboras. Also, you need to get some semi-aggressive fish in there for the schooling fish to stay together. My schooling fish really don't stick together all that much because the only thing I have with them is a gourami and betta that generally ignore them.

As far as numbers, more is always better just because it looks better. You'll probably like one big school better than two small ones. I really don't know how much I believe the minimum numbers for schooling fish, though. People usually say you should get at least 5-6 tetras to keep them from being stressed out, but in my experience you can have 3 tetras with a lot of plants and they will be perfectly happy, but 6 tetras in a bare tank will act stressed.
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glass catfish. they are strict schoolers

the cheaper glass fish are not schoolers at all
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Glass cats do seem to school better than most things when there's nothing threatening them. My glass cats just kinda seem to follow each other around all the time, but there's usually a couple of them just staying still in another part of the tank refusing to play.
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