Congo tetras right for me?

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by Ewest, Jul 18, 2015.

  1. EwestValued MemberMember

    Hello, so i have a 20g long planted tank with 2 bolivian rams, a dwarf gorami, 2 killifish, and 6 black neon tetras. The black neons are starting to get old and I am thinking of replacing them with 6 congo tetras. What is your opinion on this? Any advice is welcome.
  2. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    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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  3. EwestValued MemberMember

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

  4. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    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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  5. EwestValued MemberMember

    Any suggestions then for new schooling fish? Im tired of the whole basic tetra thing.
  6. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    So you're trying to avoid all tetras?

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  7. chromedome52Fishlore VIPMember

    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.
  8. EwestValued MemberMember

    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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  9. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    Pristella tetras maybe? Or those X-Ray pristella tetras.

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  10. EwestValued MemberMember

  11. PlecomakerWell Known MemberMember

    Cherry barbs are more colorful, but still dont take up much room
  12. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    What about Melanotaenia Praecox?

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  13. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    What about some type of danio? The orange finned danio is nice (Danio kyathit).
    And yes congos are too big for a 20g.
  14. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    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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  15. f2002Valued MemberMember

    I highly recommend rummynose tetras:


    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.
  16. EwestValued MemberMember

    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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  17. Et tuValued MemberMember

    Nematobrycon Palmeri aka Emperor Tetras , not your average tetra type. They are the Einstein's of the tetra clan.
  18. chromedome52Fishlore VIPMember

    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.
  19. BDpupsWell Known MemberMember

    I like emperors too. But check out what you can get locally. Is having something shipped a possibility for you?
  20. thefishdude277Well Known MemberMember

    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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