Tank water surface swimmers or as near as...

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Tank water surface swimmers or as near as...

Postby gingerj » Mon Jan 23, 2012 9:28 pm

Hi and good evening,

I am pretty new to all of this, so please forgive me if this has been asked a number of times.

I have a good spread of bottom and middle level fish, but I normally have a good 3 to 4 inches of space where nothing swims and it looks rather silly (until feeding time).

Apart from Hatchet fish which sound rather troublesome, are there any recommendations?

I have 11 neon tetras, 6 lamp eyes, 1 albino cory, 1 bushy nose plec, 1 dwarf gourami, 3 mollies, 5 platys, 3 x-ray catfish, 1 betta figher and one red tailed shark.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Warm regards,
James
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Re: Tank water surface swimmers or as near as...

Postby Carylnz » Tue Jan 24, 2012 3:44 am

Guppies, or look for species with upturned mouths. These are top feeders.
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Re: Tank water surface swimmers or as near as...

Postby gingerj » Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:36 am

Thank you for the swift response it seems that a quick Google has yielded another but it sounds like it may not be a community fish,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freshwater_butterflyfish
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    5 Lampeye Tetras
    3 Glass Catfish
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Re: Tank water surface swimmers or as near as...

Postby cobden28 » Tue Jan 24, 2012 9:37 pm

Why don't you go for hatchet fish? I have five, living with guppies, platies, corydoras & bristlenose catfish and a trio of honey gourami. The hatchet fish are no trouble to feed; they eat most things although not the sinking algae pellets. Because of their small mouths I find small-size flake foods better, although they do seem fond of dried daphnia and cubes of tubifex. Live bloodworms and tubifex go down well, too.
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Re: Tank water surface swimmers or as near as...

Postby rylo » Wed Jan 25, 2012 3:26 am

Your best bet should be either an african butterfly fish, betta or hatchet fish. I believe among the 3, hatchet would be more friendlier but I may be wrong though. I been to my friend's place and have seen an african butterfly doing just fine in a community tank.
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Re: Tank water surface swimmers or as near as...

Postby gingerj » Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:58 pm

Thank you for your support.
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    1 Julii Cory
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