Schooling Fish Together??

Ryan.O.
  • #1
can u have 2 different schools of fish in the same tank. will they have enough room to school??
 
jack11
  • #2
How big is your tank?

Jack
 
Isabella
  • #3
If the tank is large enough to hold these 2 schools, and if they are compatible fish species, then why not

So how large is your tank, what fish species are the 2 schools that you want, and how large do you want these 2 schools to be?
 
COBettaCouple
  • #4
the amount of hiding places could come into play as well.
 
Ryan.O.
  • Thread Starter
  • #5
The tank is 215 litres and I want to have one school of bosemanI rainbowfish and another school of harlequin rasboras.
 
capekate
  • #6
The tank is 215 litres and I want to have one school of bosemanI rainbowfish and another school of harlequin rasboras.

HI Ryan
Sounds like a great fish choice! ;D Let us know how it goes..

~ kate
 
lyndatu
  • #7
Oh yes; it will definitely hold two schools! Bring on three!
 
0morrokh
  • #8
Definitely big enough (about 55 gal)...sounds like a good plan! Both very pretty fish.
 
swords3711
  • #9
if you have two schools of tets you'll be fine
 
Ryan.O.
  • Thread Starter
  • #10
what about a school of cories as well?
 
jsalemi
  • #11
what about a school of cories as well?

Definitely -- being bottom feeders and part of the cleanup crew (and occasional air breathers), corys generally have a bit less impact on the bio-load than mid-top level swimmers. The food they eat off the bottom keeps it from going rotten and fouling up the water.

Plus there's nothing like a shoal of 4-6 corys swimming around the bottom eating, or doing their cory ballet as they swim up and down the tank. I was watching my pandas eat last night, and all I could see were 6 wagging tails as they burrowed into the gravel. Made me giggle a bit.
 
Drea
  • #12
I agree with the corys..I have a 30g/tall and they love to go vertical, they are just cool in every way and I feed them peas cuz them like 'em alot.
 
0morrokh
  • #13
I agree cories would be great--get at least 3 (but sounds like you already know that since you said "school of cories"). Have you set up the tank yet?
 
Ryan.O.
  • Thread Starter
  • #14
yes the tank is set up with the harlequins and rainbows in. just want the java moss to spread down the bottom as a carpet plant. would it be ok for the cories if they had a bit less room at the bottom.
 
Drea
  • #15
l'd be careful about that java moss(i've not had that in tanks,doesn't it grow wild and crazy?)the corys spend a lot of time wiggling around the bottom, and they like rocks on the bottom to sit/rest on or other stuff to play in/on.
 
pistorta
  • #16
My fish never seem to "school". How many are needed to accomplish this? At best, they stay stationary in one section of the tank.
 
COBettaCouple
  • #17
what type of fish do you have? typically 3-6 or more makes a school.

My fish never seem to "school". How many are needed to accomplish this? At best, they stay stationary in one section of the tank.
 
COBettaCouple
  • #19
it may be because the tank is very overstocked.
 
pistorta
  • #20
They share 120 gallons with plenty of room to spare...
 
capekate
  • #21
A variety...~12 serpae tetra, ~6 bleeding heart tetra, ~ 4 lemon tetra, ~18 danios......

Neither group swims together.

HI Pistorta
It wouldnt seem that those fish would really "school" together. The neon tetras, the cardinal tetras really school together and follow each other around. I had serpae's and they never schooled, but hung around each other at times. But the true schooling fish are amazing to watch. I'm sure there are other fish that school as well as the neons and cardinals. ;D

~ kate
 
pistorta
  • #22
HI Kate, my serpaes behave exactly as you mentioned. I would love to have neons/cardinals, but I fear that my angelicus (polkadot) cats will grow large enough to eat them. I thought most fish in the tetra and barb family schooled, I guess I was wrong.


You have beautiful angels. I used to have three that looked similar to the one you have posted as IMG_1264. I had them for years and then I decided to buy more fish. This was a mistake as the fish I bought carried a disease that killed them (this was probably 5 years ago). They were priceless to me and to this day, have not been able to find ones in the LFS that looked like them.

- Tim
 
COBettaCouple
  • #23
ah, yea, I got mixed up with the 215L tank.

They share 120 gallons with plenty of room to spare...
 
angelfish220
  • #24
That's the opposite of my tank. I have 10 Silver tipped tetras that refuse to create their own school They school with my danios
 
guppiemaster892
  • #25
I have to agree with swords3711. You can have 2 schools of tetras you can be fine. It is good to have 2 schools.
 

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