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I added 11 emerald dwarf rasbora to a 20 long planted tank. One didn't make it. I think it was injured when being caught at the store. 😔 There are 14 male endlers and a small spixi snail in the tank as well. 

The rasboras have had a couple weeks to get used to the tank, but they still hide all the time. The endlers hang out together and don't appear to harass the rasboras, so I don't think that's an issue. They are supposed to be a good tankmate according to YouTube videos. 

They hide near the heater which is in a corner. The tank is 74° and from all the videos I've watched, the water should be 70-76°, so I think they are using it to hide vs seeking heat.

The filter has 2 sponges over bio balls and a spray head that moves the water at the top. It is in the middle, going across the top on the shorter width of the tank. This leaves 2 sides with calmer waters. The endlers love to swim through the current, but maybe the rasboras don't like it?

I'm at a loss with them. They are so gorgeous, and I just want to see and enjoy them.

The photo shows the filter and the water movement. The heater is small, and is located on the left side. This photo doesn't show the right side of the tank as the filter is placed right in the center.

Any ideas that may help them feel safe enough to explore? Should I switch the filter and heater? Add a different plant? Move decor? I'm open to any advice!

 

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I have a similar fish. Celestial pearl danios. 
The more low bushy plants I have the more front and center they are. All of your plants are taller and thinner. There is nowhere they can dash and hide. They also like to play in bushy plants. 
 

Try a wad of moss or two maybe hornwort or guppy grass. Maybe grab a bushy java fern. They know they are fast so as long as there is cover for them to dash into they feel much safer.

 

Oh and the emeralds are a someday fish for me. When they settle in I would love to see tons of photos 🤗

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A plant density more along the lines of this will help you to make your fish more comfortable. My chilis used to never come out until I put them in this tank, alone, except for a hillstream loach. The dwarf barbs they used to live with were too active for the chilis taste. Perhaps yours are similar in nature.20230625_153932.jpg.f88e44f041fe5f0a6e9eccb4447777ee.jpg

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On 6/25/2023 at 11:41 AM, Guppysnail said:

I have a similar fish. Celestial pearl danios. 
The more low bushy plants I have the more front and center they are. All of your plants are taller and thinner. There is nowhere they can dash and hide. They also like to play in bushy plants. 
 

Try a wad of moss or two maybe hornwort or guppy grass. Maybe grab a bushy java fern. They know they are fast so as long as there is cover for them to dash into they feel much safer.

 

Oh and the emeralds are a someday fish for me. When they settle in I would love to see tons of photos 🤗

An excuse for more plants is always welcome, lol! Trying to keep this a pest free tank, so I don't want to move anything from my snail friendly tanks. I do have a little moss in the other back corner. I'll try to move that up front and order some more bushy things! 

They are so pretty! I'm excited to get some pictures of them! 

On 6/25/2023 at 1:55 PM, DaveO said:

A plant density more along the lines of this will help you to make your fish more comfortable. My chilis used to never come out until I put them in this tank, alone, except for a hillstream loach. The dwarf barbs they used to live with were too active for the chilis taste. Perhaps yours are similar in nature.20230625_153932.jpg.f88e44f041fe5f0a6e9eccb4447777ee.jpg

I'll define look for some more bushy plants. I have a tank of strawberry rasboras. They have more bushy things and don't seem so skittish. This may be the issue!

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I would consider background and floating plants to dilute the light and you will see if that helps at first, then adding more plants, and then upping the numbers

Smaller fish really do like the number around 20 and more. They have load bioloads so it is usually ok

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