So I introduced 10 lambchop rasboras 3 months ago and they seem to be doing great. No casualties yet 🤞. They have also developed a good coloration.
I am thinking to introduce just one other fish species and am thinking of any of the following:
Looking for a fish species that will look great with lambchop rasboras as well as contrasting the black background and the greens from the plants 😀
- Chili Rasbora : I have a moderate to strong surface flow due to a spray bar at the back so I am wondering if they would end up going into hiding also because of their shy behaviour.
- Ember Tetra : Seems like they may have a similar color to lambchop rasboras, so maybe I should look at something contrasting
- Black Neon Tetra : Would they be a good contrast to the black and green backdrop of plants and backgroud.
I like the idea of corys (will look for the smaller ones). I already have a variety of shrimp (yellow, red and the mix after breeding 😄) and usually notice their numbers only when I place some cucumber slices which they love.My Embers are very shy. They are in a 106L community. They don't move around that much. In my view every tank should have cories, they are the most delightful and peaceable fish, and I find False Julii a very good variety. They also breed quite easily. You have lots of shelter for them. I would also add shrimps as you don't seem to have anything that would eat them? Also sparkling gourmai. They are sometimes shy, but also interesting in the way them loom and court, and they breed easily. The clown killis seems a good suggestion. Them and cories would give you upper and lower levels.
I did have the kubotai rasbora on my poll list but it seems not many are a fan of it 😃. I do like their coloration though and will keep a look out for them. Couldn't find any veilfin tetras at my LFS or anywhere nearby in Denmark so will opt out of them.Chilli Rasbora are great little fish, but their colouration is similar to the Espei and might not give you the differentiation you want. Embers and Black Neons are nice fish, but a bit sedentary for my liking. For a bit more activity, and a nice contrast to your Lambchops, check out Green Neon Rasbora (Microdevario kubotai), or for something with a more subtle colouration take a look at some Reed/Sedge/Veilfin Tetra (Hyphessobrycon elachys).
They may have been recent imports as the LFS had quite a big stock of them. These were also relatively small in size so I am guessing they weren't adults yet.Do you know if these were recent imports or if the lfs has had any trouble? I don't think the flow would be an issue as there will be calmer areas in any tank and these have been fine in higher flow tanks I've seen. I also don't think the lambchops would make them feel threatened (if anything the opposite) but can't rule out other stresses like water parameters, although again they seem adaptable unless you have extremes.