Amazon feature fish? (not angels)

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  1. Kakarot

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    Hey all!
    I'll be cycling my tank very shortly so i still have some time to decide...but I need some help from some wiser and more experienced fish keepers.
    I'd like to set up an Amazon themed aquarium, I have a 92 long x 50 high x 36 deep cm aquarium and i'd like a fish to contrast a shoal of either neons or cardinals (when i get them), so i'd prefer them not to be blue or red and be a larger size. something similar to an adult congo tetra size.
    I can adjust my water to suit any water parameters needed.
    My tank will be a river looking planted type, with plenty of drift wood, rocks and plants.
    I'm also planning some panda corys and a maybe few shrimp and/or ottos to deal with algae issues (not amazon i know!)
    thanks for any help and taking the time to read :)
     
  2. alto

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    Otos are Amazon, & there are local shrimps, just rarely exported


    You might watch some of Ivan Mikolji videos
    Green Neon Tetra

    For a feature fish, consider Dicrossus sp
    I had a group of Dicrossus filamentosus, 3-4 males & 6-7 females that were fantastic to watch (bought as little grey juveniles)
    With lots of plant cover they were almost always in the open, & would explore the tank as a group
    (as you might guess from my linked video I'd choose P simulans over Cardinals & Neons ;) )
     
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  3. dean

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    Have a look at Copella Arnoldi
    Splash tetra



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    It's hard to find a different colour in fish from blue or red

    There's a few that spring to mind
    Black phantom tetra Hyphessobrycon-megalopterus
    Lemon Tetra
    Hyphessobryco pulchripinnis


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    Thanks for the suggestions, I like the look of the black phantoms, lemon tetras and from the video (which I really found interesting! :) ) diamond tetras, if I can get hold of them I think I'll go for the diamonds as they are considerably bigger than the other two but i suppose it comes down to which ones I can find here in Oz :)
     
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    Yeah they look fantastic! I think their larger size and much more subtle colouring would be a really nice contrast next to a shoal of some neon type (neon/green neon/p.simulans) although I've been to three different lfs and none had diamonds and only had neons out of those three :( I still have a few weeks (hopefully shorter if I can get some mature filter media) so I have some time to keep looking. At this rate though I don't think I'll be able to be picky about where they came from!
     
  11. ourmanflint

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    I would go for one of the pencilfish, especially something like n. unifasciatus or eques. A crenicichla regani would be an amazing feature fish, not sure how tetra compatible they are.
     
  12. dw1305

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    Hi all,
    <"They aren't with any slim Tetra">, although one with a more circular body might deter them. They are active hunters of, smaller than, female Guppy sized fish.

    cheers Darrel
     
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    You're probably right Darrel.
     
  14. Kakarot

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    Thanks for the ideas, i'll have a look around to see whats available now :)
     

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