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Taller bodied fish

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I'm after a shoal of small fish for my high aspect ratio tank - it's 100x45x55cms tall. As George farmer says in his new book:
"Taller ranks suit taller-bodied fish and shallower tanks more streamline species".
I've had harlequins before, and I'm tempted to have them again - right size, right shape and very beautiful.
Any suggestions of small, peaceful tall-bodied alternatives?
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Wolf6

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Red phantom tetra is a fun fish, easy, long lived (mine are close to 4 years now, lost 0 since day 1) and fairly active. Males can put up fun shows showing off and fake-battling. Others in that family share the taller build.
 

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Another vote for Lemon Tetra, I had the orange variety. Not sure of the correct name but a guy in my lfs said they were called bolivion tetra?
Beautiful colours on them.
Hatchet fish might be a good option and another favourite of mine are Honey Gourami
Nice tank by the way
Cheers
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paul.in.kendal

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Hi all,

They are unsuitable for an open top, even with the water level dropped. They get very excited when they get a food they like (Mosquito larvae, Fruit-flies) and will jump as soon as the aquarium lid is off.

cheers Darrel
I've just got George Farmer's book and there's an inference he uses Amano shrimp in open-topped aquaria - I thought this was no-no too? Maybe I'm just misreading him?
 

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Black Widow tetras can look stunning against in a well planted aquarium. They have a reputation of being a bit nippy but not found this have 10 or more. Lemon Tera fan too and keep an eye out for Diamond tetras. Have a light in room desklamp or similar on when the tank lights go off so has not to prevent tank jumpers. Learned that to my cost with killifish
 

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With some leds you can reduce the lighting slowly over a period of time until it's dark and this is great for fish. They get a little spooked as no one suddenly turns the sun off in nature.
My tank get direct sun so in the winter it's dark when the light goes off and I hear my fish jump (I have glass cover so they don't escape and have never caused any injury that I know of) but in the summer when it's still lightish outside this doesn't happen. I've been meaning to order a controller for my leds but haven't got round to it yet. Floating plants can help reduce jumping fish as they feel more secure.
 

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Amanos in open top tanks, I lose about 1/2. I stopped adding them after then 3rd loss. :( I've kept Carnegiella myersi, and Carnegiella strigata. Both will fly if given the chance. I tried in vain to get both to spawn, I'd like to try again one day.

I don't think I can recommend many more fish, other than some classic gourami and barbs. I have a soft spot for Parambassis ranga, if you can find them.
 

paul.in.kendal

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With some leds you can reduce the lighting slowly over a period of time until it's dark and this is great for fish. They get a little spooked as no one suddenly turns the sun off in nature.
My tank get direct sun so in the winter it's dark when the light goes off and I hear my fish jump (I have glass cover so they don't escape and have never caused any injury that I know of) but in the summer when it's still lightish outside this doesn't happen. I've been meaning to order a controller for my leds but haven't got round to it yet. Floating plants can help reduce jumping fish as they feel more secure.
I've got 2x24w fluorescents and a 150w metal halide. The fluorescents come on half an hour before the MH and turn off half an hour after it, so it's not quite such a shock. And I have amazon frogbit too (just ordered some phyllanthus fluitans from @EA James as well 👍🏻).
But no Amano or other jumpers for me.
 

Wolf6

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I've just got George Farmer's book and there's an inference he uses Amano shrimp in open-topped aquaria - I thought this was no-no too? Maybe I'm just misreading him?
I think it really depends, in all my years of keeping amano (8 years now) I've had 1 that I found on the floor, out of 20 or so over that time period. I dont consider them jumpers and have them in my open tanks.
 

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I think it really depends, in all my years of keeping amano (8 years now) I've had 1 that I found on the floor, out of 20 or so over that time period. I dont consider them jumpers and have them in my open tanks.
I lost the most of them in tanks with wood reaching the surface, they love to climb it and then escape. Didn’t lost one in my old iwagumi setup.

I lost some neocaridina the same way too.
 

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