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Old 02-19-2014, 11:13 PM   #1
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I have a 220 gallon tank, have 2 clownfish, 2 black clownfish, 2 yellowtail blue damsels, 1 royal gramma and 1 Foxface rabbitfish. Plan to wait 4 weeks then introduce chromis, I understand that they school so 5-7 is ideal. My question is whether they have to be the same colour or whether they can be different colours. I also hope to stock some other fish eventually, tangs, angelfish, cardinal fish and an eel.
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I'm not sure different Chromis will stay together as a group. I had five Green in my old 75g and they split up two/three, so it guess that even the same kind are no guarantee.
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IMO unless you're keeping upwards of 20 you really aren't going to see schooling behavior in captivity. I always find it funny when people say a school of 5,6,7,etc... As these fish are found in massive shoals in nature.
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I've never seen a tank with 5-9+ where each fish was off doing it's own thing like Tangs, Butterflys or Angels would do. They tend to stay together pretty close to one another.
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I have 6 chromis and they all swim together, except for when the lights go out and they scatter. I plan on getting a few more as well, make it look really cool.
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I was thinking of a school of them in my 120 gallon, like a school of maybe 10, but people said they would start killing off one another. So I threw that Idea out. I would still like some as they are a cheap fish that looks good in a school.
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i also heard that- they will pick on one fish til it dies, i dont want that. but everything and everyone says something different about how many to get. i am also thinking of a school of pyjama cardinalfish but have to figure out how many of them too. i knew this hobby was complex but had no idea how complex!
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IMO, the eel will take care of any chromis once it's introduced.
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"take care of", as in eat?
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Yes. Also, in my experience, cardinals just sit there and do nothing. They are not the most fascinating fish in the sea. I would look into a trio of anthias.
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