Congo tetras right for me?

Dom90

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20g is way too small for Congo tetras, they get up to 4-5". Minimum would be a 55g or something with 48" footprint.


 
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Are you sure? I have never heard of them getting over 3.5"??
 

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Ok maybe it's 4", but I still wouldn't add them into anything less than a 36" footprint as the bare minimum.


 
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Any suggestions then for new schooling fish? Im tired of the whole basic tetra thing.
 

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I've seen plenty of male Congos over 4", I would not put six in a 20 long. However, you might get 5-6 Diamond Tetras to work in there. They are deeper bodied, and have essentially the same colors as a Congo, but with some spangling. Males also have longer fins like the congos. They are also not as frenetic as Congos can be.
 
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Not all tetras just the run of the mill neon tetra, id like something more flashy or unique if you will.

@chromedome52 what fish in in your profile pic!?
 
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What about some type of danio? The orange finned danio is nice (Danio kyathit).
And yes congos are too big for a 20g.
 

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Oh yea I remember asking about those a month or so ago. They're really beautiful!

But don't danios need cooler water? He has a Bolivian ram in there.
 

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I highly recommend rummynose tetras:

[video=youtube;uJF6z9SBVGA]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJF6z9SBVGA[/video]

They are probably the tightest schoolers and with enough open space they will swim back and forth in your aquarium all day long. The only drawback is that they are really difficult to acclimate, so you need to make sure you get them from a reputable LFS and that your water is pristine.
 
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My Bolivians have been laying eggs 1-2 times a month so the water is jusssst fine

So i like the diamond tetras, Rummys, and dwarf rainbow fish the most. I think I will go look and see what my LFS has in stock tomorrow.
 
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The picture in my avatar is a killifish, Laimosemion xiphidius. Rare, even among Killifish people; expensive when you can find it; and not easy to maintain and breed. Not a community tank fish.
 

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I like emperors too. But check out what you can get locally. Is having something shipped a possibility for you?
 

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The smaller rainbowfish work too. Not Praecox though, they are wayyyyyy to active. They use up every inch of my tank
The forktails, Celebes, etc will work


 
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