Peaceful Calm Schooling Fish For 25 Gallon?

bumblinBee
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I don't know if a calm species of schooling fish exist, but high energy fish in my experience are quite nippy and will outpace my 2 platies I currently have in the 25 gallon. I'm wondering if you guys can think of a 2 inch max size schooling fish species that aren't very nippy or that are calmer and more relaxed?
 
bumblinBee
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  • #3
well lets rule out most tetras since they are usually nippy.
there are Harlequin rasboras, glowlight tetras, bloodfin tetras and white cloud mountain however lets forget the last one since they prefer cooler waters
What makes glowlight and bloodfin tetras less nippy or more reasonable than most other tetras? Have you just found them to be calmer in your experience? I had considered the harlequin rasboras, are there any other rasboras that act similarly or that act just as relaxed as the harlequins?
 
shiv234
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What makes glowlight and bloodfin tetras less nippy or more reasonable than most other tetras? Have you just found them to be calmer in your experience? I had considered the harlequin rasboras, are there any other rasboras that act similarly or that act just as relaxed as the harlequins?
I have found in larger groups they are less nippy but it may be a hit or miss. From experience those are the 3 that were the least nippy
 
bumblinBee
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  • #5
I have found in larger groups they are less nippy but it may be a hit or miss. From experience those are the 3 that were the least nippy
Thank you for the input, much much appreciated I assure you. Perhaps I shouldn't get a school, do you reckon it might be better for me to just get more platies and other livebearers like swordtails, guppies or mollies?
 
shiv234
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Thank you for the input, much much appreciated I assure you. Perhaps I shouldn't get a school, do you reckon it might be better for me to just get more platies and other livebearers like swordtails, guppies or mollies?
why don't you get cories. They are not nippy in the slightest
 
bumblinBee
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  • #7
why don't you get cories. They are not nippy in the slightest
I like the concept of the cories, but my aquarium is a standard size, it's fairly tall and I have a lot of hardscape placed so it isn't the best environment for cories, they won't have a lot of space to move around.
 
shiv234
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I like the concept of the cories, but my aquarium is a standard size, it's fairly tall and I have a lot of hardscape placed so it isn't the best environment for cories, they won't have a lot of space to move around.
pygmy cories are mid dwellers
 
mattgirl
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I have 6 long finned black skirt tetras in my tank. They are not nippy at all and for the most part are very calm. They are the perfect mid tank dwellers for my tank.

edited to add: they are right at 2 years old now so I assume they are full grown. The largest of them is close to 2 inches long not including the flowing tail.
 
bumblinBee
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I have 6 long finned black skirt tetras in my tank. They are not nippy at all and for the most part are very calm. They are the perfect mid tank dwellers for my tank.

edited to add: they are right at 2 years old now so I assume they are full grown. The largest of them is close to 2 inches long not including the flowing tail.
Are they high energy in your opinion or more calm?

pygmy cories are mid dwellers
I'm fairly certain my LFS doesn't sell pygmy cories though
 
shiv234
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black skirts we somewhere in the middle for me. Some times they were nippy and sometimes they were normal

I'm fairly certain my LFS doesn't sell pygmy cories though
ok
 
mattgirl
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Are they high energy in your opinion or more calm?
Mine are very calm. the only time they get in a hurry is at feeding time.
 
CosmicDodo42
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I think that Danios could be a good choice, especially for a big 25 gallon, just keep them in groups of 6 or more
Rasboras might, and again might work.
I think that neon Tetras could be a good choice, as wells as glofish tetras( I house seven of them with my four platys and they get along fine)
 
bumblinBee
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  • #14
I think that Danios could be a good choice, especially for a big 25 gallon, just keep them in groups of 6 or more
Rasboras might, and again might work.
I think that neon Tetras could be a good choice, as wells as glofish tetras( I house seven of them with my four platys and they get along fine)
Danios are extremely high energy though, are they not? I've heard they get quite nippy, I think their temperament is kind of a hit or miss situation. I've also heard that neon tetras are quite bad nippers, although I have heard good things about glowfish tetras.

Mine are very calm. the only time they get in a hurry is at feeding time.
I'll give them a look then, thank you for the suggestion
 
CosmicDodo42
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Danios are extremely high energy though, are they not? I've heard they get quite nippy, I think their temperament is kind of a hit or miss situation. I've also heard that neon tetras are quite bad nippers, although I have heard good things about glowfish tetras.
Glofish Tetras are genetically altered black widow Tetras I believe, so their not that crazy. I think that sometimes Danios can sort of be jerks, but I’ve never seen mine attack another fish, but you really should keep them in groups of six(at the least), otherwise they go psycho
 
mattgirl
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Maybe I just have a naturally calm tank because I also have neon tetras and have never seen them nippy either. Right now I have 8 of them and they pretty much just hang out together and never bother either each other or anyone else.

You are right about danios. (I have both zebra and pearl) They think they are race horses and never slow down. Never nippy but never still either
 
SFGiantsGuy
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Most everyone loves Corys. Pygmy Corys are great. : ) IF and when you opt for whatever breed of Corys, in consideration with your tank size you could get either 3-6. Most do very well and even better, in a group of 6. SOME Tetras and Danios can be nipyy, however in my experience, the size of the tank IS very relevant and relative. Cardinal tetras aren't all that nippy though...err at least the ones I've had in the past...had a big school of about 16.
 
Five 97
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Danios are extremely high energy though, are they not? I've heard they get quite nippy, I think their temperament is kind of a hit or miss situation. I've also heard that neon tetras are quite bad nippers, although I have heard good things about glowfish tetras.
What else is in the tank? IME, zebra danios aren't nippy at all, they just never sit still. CPDs, EDRs, GRDs, and GDs are all "calmer" danionins and aren't as hyped up as zebras, staying below 2".
Ruby tetras (OR Embers) would work very nicely & KubotaI rasboras are also very peaceful and both max out at approx. 0.75", although I would say the rubies get a smidgen bigger (not past an inch though).
 
bumblinBee
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Glofish Tetras are genetically altered black widow Tetras I believe, so their not that crazy. I think that sometimes Danios can sort of be jerks, but I’ve never seen mine attack another fish, but you really should keep them in groups of six(at the least), otherwise they go psycho
Ahh that's fairly interesting, I didn't know that. Ya I know keeping them in appropriately sized schools will help keep the aggression to a minimum but I still think their high energy might be too much for my platies haha. But I really appreciate your input, thank you!
Maybe I just have a naturally calm tank because I also have neon tetras and have never seen them nippy either. Right now I have 8 of them and they pretty much just hang out together and never bother either each other or anyone else.

You are right about danios. (I have both zebra and pearl) They think they are race horses and never slow down. Never nippy but never still either
Haha, I've heard as much about the danios I think you might have lucked out with those neons though, I just went browsing through some older forums on neons and it turns out there have been some neon nippy massacres out there
Most everyone loves Corys. Pygmy Corys are great. : ) IF and when you opt for whatever breed of Corys, in consideration with your tank size you could get either 3-6. Most do very well and even better, in a group of 6. SOME Tetras and Danios can be nipyy, however in my experience, the size of the tank IS very relevant and relative. Cardinal tetras aren't all that nippy though...err at least the ones I've had in the past...had a big school of about 16.
I'm thinking of avoiding cories for the moment just because of the amount of hardscape taking up the ground space in my current settup. I wouldn't mind doing the pygmies but I don't remember my LFS ever having them so I doubt I'd be able to get my hand on any easily. I'm thinking your cardinals are probably doing well because of the size of that school (you likely have a tank that's large enough to house them happily as well haha), keeping 6 of them I think creates more opportunity for nippiness against the other fish in my aquarium however and I'd just rather not risk it if they are similar to neons hah
 
SFGiantsGuy
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Zebras got super wild during feeding time! They're little pigs really! Especially if it's bloodworms or tubifex worms. It's up to you in the end, but perhaps ask some more people on here, as I only ever really had Cardinals and Red eye Tetras. Oh and Glowlight Tetras which are really mellow and are NEVER nippy, never. Very docile and peaceful to the max.
 
bumblinBee
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What else is in the tank? IME, zebra danios aren't nippy at all, they just never sit still. CPDs, EDRs, GRDs, and GDs are all "calmer" danionins and aren't as hyped up as zebras, staying below 2".
Ruby tetras (OR Embers) would work very nicely & KubotaI rasboras are also very peaceful and both max out at approx. 0.75", although I would say the rubies get a smidgen bigger (not past an inch though).
My current stock is simply 1 male dwarf gourami and 2 female platies. I recently made an awful decision and put a school of 6 gold barbs in with them and they practically tore the platies apart (hence my attempt at caution when choosing a new school currently haha)
 
Tsin21
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In my opinion, zebra danios are the exact opposite of calm. Highly energetic like they downed a can of redbull . Loosely "schooling", they're everywhere in a tank.

I'm not sure if they are compatible with your current fishes but cardinal tetras are the calmest schooling fish that I have owned. I haven't seen them bother anything in the tank except for the unlucky shrimp that was first attacked by a ram - they looked like piranhas ganging up that moment.
 
bumblinBee
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Zebras got super wild during feeding time! They're little pigs really! Especially if it's bloodworms or tubifex worms. It's up to you in the end, but perhaps ask some more people on here, as I only ever really had Cardinals and Red eye Tetras. Oh and Glowlight Tetras which are really mellow and are NEVER nippy, never. Very docile and peaceful to the max.
As far as this thread has been going it seems glowlight tetras are the most peaceful and least nippy of the tetra species altogether, I hope my LFS has them next time I go because had a lovely green variation the last time I went. Thank you for all your input though, much appreciated on my part
 
SFGiantsGuy
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And also, if you can find them, as they're fairly rare, Ember Tetras are great. And IMO their color of a bright ruby red rivals neons or cardinals. Lemon tetras are a good choice as well.
 
bumblinBee
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In my opinion, zebra danios are the exact opposite of calm. Highly energetic like they downed a can of redbull . Loosely "schooling", they're everywhere in a tank.

I'm not sure if they are compatible with your current fishes but cardinal tetras are the calmest schooling fish that I have owned. I haven't seen them bother anything in the tank except for the unlucky shrimp that was first attacked by a ram - they looked like piranhas ganging up that moment.
Ya, so far it seems danios are not the best way for me to go in that regardead: Perhaps I'll reconsider the cardinals then? While searching for answers about tetras on other forums cardinals are not mentioned often, so I don't know if that means they are peaceful enough to not be considered nippy at all by most hobbyists or if people just seem to forget them haha

And also, if you can find them, as they're fairly rare, Ember Tetras are great. And IMO their color of a bright ruby red rivals neons or cardinals. Lemon tetras are a good choice as well.
Oh yes, I had heard lemon tetras could less nippy, haven't heard a lot about ember tetras. Unfortunately I haven't ever seen either at my LFS
 
Tsin21
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Ya, so far it seems danios are not the best way for me to go in that regardead: Perhaps I'll reconsider the cardinals then? While searching for answers about tetras on other forums cardinals are not mentioned often, so I don't know if that means they are peaceful enough to not be considered nippy at all by most hobbyists or if people just seem to forget them haha
I have cardinal tetras with guppies and they don't seem to care about them even if the male guppies are trying to mate with them. Another option will be rummy nose tetras, more energetic than cardinals but schools more tightly and are very peaceful.

Just stay away from most barbs specially tigers. Those little devils can even nip a goldfish to death.
 
bumblinBee
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I have cardinal tetras with guppies and they don't seem to care about them even if the male guppies are trying to mate with them. Another option will be rummy nose tetras, more energetic than cardinals but schools more tightly and are very peaceful.

Just stay away from most barbs specially tigers. Those little devils can even nip a goldfish to death.
Haha, thank you! So far my options now include cardinals, I'll probably end up getting those, thank you for all the help
 

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