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Old 06-02-2011, 03:35 PM   #1
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Fish that school

What's a good fairly large schooling fish that I could put in a 55 gallon tank? I looked at tetras but they are super tiny even when grown. I would like to have other fish than just the school.
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Silver Dollars.
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Silver Dollars.
That's funny that you just said that, I was just looking at those.

Do they actually school? I like the Buenos Aires Tetra, even though they only get 3"
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Yes they do school, and they grow to around 4"
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Yes they do school, and they grow to around 4"
Hmm, I read they can get to 6".. anyway, how many for a school? you think 10-15?
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Ya, depending on what species they grow to 8".

10-15 would be good size school.

What about Congo Tetras? They look really good in a school.
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Old 06-02-2011, 03:53 PM   #7
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Ya, depending on what species they grow to 8".

10-15 would be good size school.

What about Congo Tetras? They look really good in a school.
Those do look good. If I get a schooling fish that likes current (like rainbows.. not sure if they school though lol) would I just need a powerhead to move the water or is there a more elegant way to create a current?
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Those do look good. If I get a schooling fish that likes current (like rainbows.. not sure if they school though lol) would I just need a powerhead to move the water or is there a more elegant way to create a current?
Rainbows don't really school with eachother, and they get to big anyways.

To my knowledge, that's the only way to create a current, is to have a powerhead, but two would work better. Have one at one end and the other at the opposite end.
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Rainbows don't really school with eachother, and they get to big anyways.

To my knowledge, that's the only way to create a current, is to have a powerhead, but two would work better. Have one at one end and the other at the opposite end.
I'll def be looking into getting a school for the tank. oh and breeding shrimp will help with the new tank as well. Sad that no lfs has them currently and want to charge me $3 more just to special order them.
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I'll def be looking into getting a school for the tank. oh and breeding shrimp will help with the new tank as well. Sad that no lfs has them currently and want to charge me $3 more just to special order them.
They don't have any shrimp in Az? That's terrible.
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Well they do, they have ghost shrimp at petsmart and amano at desert pet, but I wanna breed them and don't wanna mess with a brackish setup for the amanos
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That's understandable. So which pets store are you goin to go to?
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I pretty much go to PETSMART for ghost shrimp, which I don't need anymore cause they are breeding in my tank now. Desert pet is pretty much a weekly visit, I like their selection of fish and there is one employee that is incredibly knowledgeable with fs fish. I haven't had any bad buys from desert pet, but they don't have a return policy like petsmart.
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I'd go with rainbows. Silver dollars honestly get a little big for a 55g, considering that they get 6-7 inches or so and need a school.

There's several rainbowfish species to choose from, liveaquaria has a good set of pictures, even though I'd probably find a cheaper source for them.
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I'd go with rainbows. Silver dollars honestly get a little big for a 55g, considering that they get 6-7 inches or so and need a school.

There's several rainbowfish species to choose from, liveaquaria has a good set of pictures, even though I'd probably find a cheaper source for them.
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Yea I usually use that site to find what I like then search for different avenues. I may have the option of getting a 75 gallon.
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