Other Mid-Top Level Fish with Columbian Tetras?

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Hello everyone,

I am wondering what would be some good ideas on what fish I should put in my aquarium with my Columbian Tetras. The tetras are quite fast moving most of the time so I'm wondering what fish would be fine with them? They will chase each other around occasionally but it does not last more than a second or two. The tank is a planted 40 gallon breeder. I thought about getting either a couple Bolivian Rams or Gold Rams, preferably a rather colorful fish or two if possible. Any ideas are welcome!

Thanks for your time,

Joe
 

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Well you were asking about mid-top level fish. All Rams will hang around the bottom mostly so if you're looking for other fish to be near the middle/top like your columbians those aren't going to do that.

About the only smaller type cichlid that I know of that will do that is an Acara. Flag acara's or red breasted acara's I believe would fit that for you.

If you're not really looking for mid-top level then there are a lot of options.
 
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Well you were asking about mid-top level fish. All Rams will hang around the bottom mostly so if you're looking for other fish to be near the middle/top like your columbians those aren't going to do that.

About the only smaller type cichlid that I know of that will do that is an Acara. Flag acara's or red breasted acara's I believe would fit that for you.

If you're not really looking for mid-top level then there are a lot of options.
I'm aware they're bottom-mid level swimmers, I'm mostly looking for a fish that is a middle range swimmer but preferably more top level also, because my tetras are mid level for the most part and my catfish are bottom. I'm flexible though with that, I'm just trying to give a general idea what I'm looking for. It doesn't have to be a cichlid either! Thanks for the ideas though.
 

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Weird Wolf,

I don't know where you're at in Ohio, but if you're near Columbus you should check out Rivers to Reefs. That store has a lot of great stuff. It's in Gahanna and I don't think I'll get fish from anywhere else for a long time.
 
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Weird Wolf,

I don't know where you're at in Ohio, but if you're near Columbus you should check out Rivers to Reefs. That store has a lot of great stuff. It's in Gahanna and I don't think I'll get fish from anywhere else for a long time.
I'm a couple hours northeast of there but that looks like a really cool shop! I'll have to make a trip there sometime.
 
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If you can find one (they're rare) Heros spilurus gets merely 4 inches....
A more realistic option would be a blue gourami or a pearl gourami.
I like that idea Anders, do you think a T-Bar cichlid would work as well? I think they may be a little easier to find. Any ideas on where to get one though?
 

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If you mean Cryptoheros sajica, it should work size wise but I'm not sure if they would eat the tetras.
 
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Yeah that's what I meant, I don't think it would be able to, the tetras are pretty big - I'd get it as a juvenile though incase so they had more time to grow.
 
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