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Help Rainbowfish, more infos needed.

Sep 16, 2023
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Hi guys,
i'm thinking in buying few species for my new 90g.
Actual stock is:
- 8 cpd
- 10 ember tetra
- 4 pygmy cory
- 6 otos
- 1 amano

The tank is 110x50x60h (43,5 - 20 - 23,5h), it is a dutch style inspired tank. I'm looking to the smaller ones
- Pseudomugil furcatus
- Pseudomugil gertrudae
- Pseudomugil signifer
- Pseudomugil ivantsoffi
- Pseudomugil paskai
- Marosatherina ladigesi

i would like to know, my tank is compatible with them? how many of them can i have in the tank? which species are more reccomended for me?

i plan to buying new livestock in 2 months minimum

@GreggZ i know that you are the maximum expert here, sorry for tagging you ^^

EDIT: the tank is lidless

EDIT2: i really like Pearl gouramis too, is one of the my favorite fish, but the idea of having a full stock of rainbowfish in a dutchstyle seems good
 
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I think any of those would be a nice addition to your tank. I’m no expert in them so I will leave that up to others more qualified.

Just keep in mind that some fish will disappear in your scape. I love glow light tetras and have 16 or so in my 75 gallon Dutch but they totally disappear in photos due to my plant selection. Not due to hiding just from their color and natural camouflage. Cardinal and neon tetras stick out like, well, a neon sign.

Keep that in mind when picking a fish to compliment your Dutch scape. You don’t want them to be invisible or look out of place.
 
Keep that in mind when picking a fish to compliment your Dutch scape. You don’t want them to be invisible or look out of place.
Yeah, I noticed. But the behavior play a role too, ember tetra, with red background should disappear but I can clearly see them all the time due to their swimming behavior, they swim all around, from top to bottom, while cpd stay all the time at the bottom chasing each other, they are invisible often.

I'm reading a lot about their behavior (rainbows and pearls) but I'm convincing myself to go for a big shoal of pearls (6-8), they gives a sense of calmness.

Still I'd like to have rainbows... choosing fishies is as hard as choosing plants...

I'm not fish expert (well in fact I'm not an expert in general lol), the species that I know are the most popular ones like gourami, tetra, rasbora and danios. If you @FrankZ have an idea on which one should I add to my scape, a unique or particular ones, I'll thank you a lot lol.

But for sure I want a community tank, with peaceful or with a extremely limited aggression
 
Pearl Gouramis are very territorial. I had 2 in a 50 gallon and they fought to the death. They will even pick on all the other fish that come close to their nest.
I heard that it's more personality issue, if 2 males could happen, but with a rich group with more female shouldn't be the case. Honestly I still haven't decided yet I but I like them a lot
 
I love rainbows as well. I have not had much luck with them probably because I did not purchase good stock from not knowing better.
Similar experience. I ordered several batches of dwarf neon rainbows over the past several years. Out of likely 2 dozen I’ve ordered, 3 remain. This particular distributor is popular but the quality of fish IME hasn’t been there.

Breeders are really your best bet for quality fish.
 
I have 7 pearl gouramis in a 100 gallon tank. 2 males and 5 females. They spar a bit but no real damage so far. They’ve been together for 4 months. Having plenty of plants that go to the surface seems to give them all some space. Their favorite spot is in a large sword. I wouldn’t recommend putting them in a tank without a lid though. I have a full lid with only a small opening in a back corner. I had one get spooked and go right out that spot. I was standing close, put her back in, and she’s been fine.
 
There are some very nice custom screens you can get that have little negative effects on aesthetics. I’m certainly glad I have one.
Don’t mean to thread jack, but do you have a link to one in particular? I’m looking to get one myself that won’t hinder light transfer and still be low profile. I have a budgie who for some reason now flys into my tank on a suicide mission it seems 😪😪😪
 
Don’t mean to thread jack, but do you have a link to one in particular? I’m looking to get one myself that won’t hinder light transfer and still be low profile. I have a budgie who for some reason now flys into my tank on a suicide mission it seems 😪😪😪
Innovative marine has some standard sizes and a bit of DIY options. Top Lids does full custom and look really nice while using clear material. There's a youtube video on Top Lids.

Red Sea Reefer has a DIY as well.
 
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