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I have a 55g community tank I've been stocking over the past month. The upper water levels are mostly empty and in need of a flash of color. I was thinking between the two I'd take a larger school of smaller individuals, than vice versa.

I'm currently eyeing up Lambchop rasboras and considering a school of about 10. Rummy nose tetras also seemed interesting but I've read they prefer soft/acidic water and my water is closer to neutral and medium hardness.

I'm all about trying out oddball fish though as long as they're beginner/intermediate friendly so if anyone has suggestions I'd love to hear them.

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1 hour ago, Reppy6583 said:

I’m planning on getting a large school 12ish or more of cpds and I was curious on what you your opinions are on if I could also throw a singular platt in there?

Loaded question...

Tank size and setup?

Planted? Heavily planted? Not at all?

A Platy, while not really a “schooling” fish, would prefer a few more of its own kind.  They are live bearers, and definitely not nano-fish, so tank size is an important factor.

I think that any of the tetras, or guppies would go well.

I tend to favor colonizing with other fish from similar geographic origins.  If space allows I like this kind of setup:

A dozen or so schooling types

5 or 6 intermediate types

A single (or pair) show types

For example, one of my tanks is “Southern Asia” themed, with a dozen White Cloud Mountain Minnows, 6 Gold Barbs and a single Blue Paradise Fish (along with a dozen shrimp and 3 or 4 snails). Cold water, Walstadt setup (no filter or heater, soil substrate with a medium gravel cap, heavily planted).

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I am obsessed with glowlight danios (cool vertical orange stripes along a greenish body), green fire tetras (dominant male specimens are stunning in coloration), and green neon danios for schooling fish. I tend to like really flashy colors so lamp chop rasboras haven't appealed to me. Black and orange? Only on Halloween please. 

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8 hours ago, tonyjuliano said:

Loaded question...

Tank size and setup?

Planted? Heavily planted? Not at all?

A Platy, while not really a “schooling” fish, would prefer a few more of its own kind.  They are live bearers, and definitely not nano-fish, so tank size is an important factor.

I think that any of the tetras, or guppies would go well.

I tend to favor colonizing with other fish from similar geographic origins.  If space allows I like this kind of setup:

A dozen or so schooling types

5 or 6 intermediate types

A single (or pair) show types

For example, one of my tanks is “Southern Asia” themed, with a dozen White Cloud Mountain Minnows, 6 Gold Barbs and a single Blue Paradise Fish (along with a dozen shrimp and 3 or 4 snails). Cold water, Walstadt setup (no filter or heater, soil substrate with a medium gravel cap, heavily planted).

Sorry totally forgot to include setup it’s going to be a planted 20g long filtered by two 10 gallon aquarium coop sponge filters. 

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