Small interesting/unusual fishes - suggestions wanted

Discussion in 'Fish' started by JEK, 26 Jan 2013.

  1. JEK

    JEK Member

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    Hi guys!

    I think I'll start a few small tanks (<60 l ) soon. They will be planted low-tech tanks with lots of wood and low-light plants. Since my tap water is quite hard, I plan on getting a RO filter, so I can control the water parameters easily. Do you have any ideas on the stocking? I'm looking for species with interesting behavior and/or unusual shapes. I already have some ideas in mind, but I'm looking forward to get suggestion from you guys.:)
     
  2. nayr88

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    Any apistogramma
     
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  3. dean

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    If your using RO water then are you just looking for soft water species
     
  4. JEK

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    Thanks for the suggestion, nayr88. Apistogrammas are lovely and it's very possible that I will keep apistos in at least one of the tanks.
    I could just use tap water, if I want to keep hard water species.;) However I think the majority of interesting freshwater fish are soft water species.

    If anyone have suggestions on really unusual species I would really appreciate it. I have probably already thought of all the obvious species.:)
     
  5. Palm Tree

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    Elassoma species, the American pygmy sunfishes. They need to be fed live food though and are temperate fish.
    Betta species, any really. They're uncommon and very attractive.
    Some of the rarer livebearers would be nice as well.
     
  6. nayr88

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    Yeah mate you HAVE to!! You could easily fill half a dozen tanks with apisto's.

    How about a puffer tank? You could have a dozen dwarfs in a mega planted tank or I think it's a spotted or figure 8?
     
  7. dean

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    soft water
    apistogramma's
    rasboras
    etc etc
    hard water
    tanganyikan fish
    - julidochromis & lamprologus species all have interesting behavior, i loved keeping them
     
  8. nayr88

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    YES!!
    Please please try a type or 2 of wild betta
     
  9. Ed Seeley

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    Non-annual killifish would be an excellent choice, just have tight fitting lids. Choose the apistos wisely as some will be quite aggressive to partners in small tanks and may need separating after spawning.
     
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  10. JEK

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    Thanks for you suggestions everyone!:)
    Do you think a peaceful apisto couple and a few killis could work together in a 60 liter?
     
  11. Ed Seeley

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    Depends on the length of the tank. If it's a 2ft long 60l tank then yeah that'd work great. Female apistos tend to defend an area of 12-15" when breeding around their cave so your tank would have room for the male and other fish to get out of the way. Add a dozen unusual tetras and a group of 1 or two species of killifish and you#ll have a great tank. I'd get a Chromaphyosemion species (bivittatum Funge is often available and a good choice) and then maybe Aphyosemion australe Gold for a nice contrast and very different females so they won't cross, but you could have any very different species or just a larger group of one species. For the Apisto I'd look at cacatuoides or nijsenni as both can be found captive bred and I've found them to be tougher than some other species but still very attractive. Only get a pair of either species (nijsenni is pair forming anyway) and you don't want a trio of cacs in that size tank IMO as if both females breed at the same time there won't be much room for the other fish!
     
  12. BigTom

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    Some good suggestions so far, I'd second looking at the many Betta species.

    Also a few further suggestions -

    Parosphromenus
    Parasphaerichthys
    Indostomus
    Brachygobius
    Biotecus
    Dario
    Any number of killifish (Terranatos doplichopterus are top my list)
     
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  13. JEK

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    C. bivittatum and A. australe looks fabulous! I'm not so fond of cacatuoides, but I like nijsenni. I've also been thinking about A. hongsloi or borellii...

    Yeah, I will take a look at the bettas. I have considered B, imbellis, but I don't know so many other bettas. Guess I'll have to do some research.:D

    Good suggestions, BigTom!:) Wow, Terranatos doplichopterus looks absolutely stunning. I can understand why it's on the top of your list.
     
  14. dw1305

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    Hi all,
    Definitely Apistogramma in terms of interest.
    Best for a small tank.
    I like BigToms suggestions, and I'm still looking for some Dario's (any species) if any-one has both sexes?
    Another one I like is the Dwarf Sparkling Gourami (Trichopsis pumila), easy to get and interesting to keep.
    I like Killi's as well.
    Betta channoides?

    One slight problem is that all of these will need mainly live food. Another option which would be better with some live food (Grindal Worms are good and easy), would be any of the Dwarf Cories (Corydoras hastatus, C. pygmaeus & C. habrosus) or C. panda which is still fairly small.

    cheers Darrel
     
  15. rolexbene

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    galaxy rasboras are interesting.
    Galaxy_Rasbora.jpg
     
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  16. JEK

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    Thanks for some very good suggestions, Darrel.
    Rolexbene: They are very beautiful, but I think they might be a bit too lively to my taste. I tend to prefers calm, slow-swimming species.
     
  17. IanD

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    I have always wanted Bumblebee Gobies for my hardwater tank, gorgeous little fish with lots of character. Unfortunately they are tricky feeders demanding live foods so not suitable for me. Worth a look as an interesting unusual fish.
     
  18. Dewald Coetzer

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    How about:
    pygmy corys
    rosy loaches
     
  19. BigTom

    BigTom Forum Moderator Staff Member

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    Rosy loaches are really active. I wouldn't keep them in anything less than a 2 footer, preferably a bit more.
     
  20. rolexbene

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    I have some Boraras micros, very small with a nice chilled out inquisitive behaviour
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