Dwarf Neon Rainbow Fish 30 Gallon Tank 

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So I got a 30 long with two honey gourami (friendly as all heck) and the tank is heavily planted so I was wondering how many dwarf neon rainbow fish I could have in there?
 

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I think five or six would work.
 
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A201 said:
I think five or six would work.
They only get 2.5 inches don't you think I could have more?

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They only get 2.5 inches don't you think I could have more?
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I've got 6 in my 36" 25 gallon. I think another 4-6 wouldn't hurt. Large water changes and good tank maintenance is key.
 

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Maybe 7-8, but that would be pushing since they're so active and like their swimming space
 
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nikm128 said:
Maybe 7-8, but that would be pushing since they're so active and like their swimming space
Don't they school really tight though?
 

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Swiglls said:
Don't they school really tight though?
Nope, they "Stick together" but they don't school
 

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Yeah, they're not actually schooling fish. More like loose shoalers, they do best in groups but won't really move around all at the same time like a school would
 
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Alright guys thanks for all the feedback. Going with 7 of them, 4 in the first week and 3 the next.
 

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Swiglls said:
Alright guys thanks for all the feedback. Going with 7 of them, 4 in the first week and 3 the next.
Be prepared to buy another 3 or so (if getting them from a pet store). They are poorly bread and easily succumb to the elements.

Nothing wrong with buying all males either.

If buying from a good breeder, they should be genetically stronger for keeping in an aquarium.
 

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Chanyi said:
Be prepared to buy another 3 or so (if getting them from a pet store). They are poorly bread and easily succumb to the elements.

Nothing wrong with buying all males either.

If buying from a good breeder, they should be genetically stronger for keeping in an aquarium.
I've had a 1:5 survival rate with the group of Bosemani I'm trying to build, definitely keep the receipt and make sure the store has a good return policy
Edti: I mean one survives out of every five I get, not one lives and five die
 
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nikm128 said:
I've had a 1:5 survival rate with the group of Bosemani I'm trying to build, definitely keep the receipt and make sure the store has a good return policy
Edti: I mean one survives out of every five I get, not one lives and five die
I actually work at the LFS just in the reptile department. So I can be very picky and get other staff to help pick the best ones. Also the return policy is nearly forever for employees luckily

Just as a last question actually. How strong of swimmers are these guys? I like having some current to keep plants swaying a bit but just enough as not to bother my gourami
 

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No worries. Rainbowfish in general live in rivers & creeks with plenty of current. They can endure extremes in whether too. Very resilient fish.
 
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