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    Hey guys,

    I'm looking to use a new 30 gal tank someone gave me for a large school. What I can't decide is what kind of fish to use. I would like to get as big of a school as possible, so what are the smallest species that school? Any suggestions would be great. Thanks!
    My albino frog, Powder, is secretly a crackhead I think. Will post pics when I can prove it.

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    I think cardinal Tetras are good schoolers btw don't forget to cycle it first.

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    cardinal or neon tetra ^_^

    tho it's almost the same

    EDIT: added some stuff found on wikipedia for Cardinal tetra.

    As the species is a shoaling species in the wild, groups of six or more individuals should be maintained in an aquarium. They will shoal with their close cousins neon tetras however, so a combination of these two species totalling at least six should suffice. The larger the numbers present in an aquarium (subject to the usual constraints imposed by space and filtration efficiency), the better, and large shoals in any case form an impressive and visually stunning display.
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    If you are wanting small but impressive as you can keep them in huge schools.. try the Boraras Micros , Boraras Birgattae or Boraras Maculatus - they school very tightly

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    And yes they really are that bright red color....

    You could easily keep a school of 50 upwards in your tank
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    Yeah, cardinal's or neon tetra's are nice. The bora is nice too!

    That's a beautiful fish fishalicious! Are they common in aquariums?
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    Unfortunatly not many people seem to have discovered them yet... there are more than 20 types of mini rasboras (boras) in all colors (blue/green/red) and they really are wonderful - you can keep them in a small school of 10 even in the very very small tanks or in very larger numbers in larger tanks. They school very very tightly unlike many larger tetra counterparts so it looks really beautiful in the aquarium. The Micros is the smallest at just 1.3 cm / 0.51 inches.

    I love them also as they are a bit different than what everyone else has so are always a great talking piece when people visit ;)

    I think the most talked about mini rasbora of the moment is the Celestichthys margaritatus / Galaxy Rasbora

    Due to this they are very pricey at the moment but they spawn very easily so you can easily breed a large number...

    Other mini rasboras are very cheap so won't cut into your wallet too badly
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    BEAUTIFUL!!! I hope I can find them in the LFS's in my area.
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    Thanks for the advice. I was already considering tetras, but the mini boras is a novel idea too. Perhaps a school of each? Does anyone know about their compatibility?
    My albino frog, Powder, is secretly a crackhead I think. Will post pics when I can prove it.

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    I, too, was going to suggest galaxy rasboras.
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    40 neons would look nice.
    CORRECTED video of my fish. This link works. For sure. Really.

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