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05-08-2012, 02:44 AM #1
Dwarf Neon Rainbows info/behaviour in community tanks
I have a 35 gallon tank currently cycling and I have been looking at stocking options.
I was looking at the different types of school fish I can get, and I've always had tetras and Harlequins so I was leaning more towards something different. I was thinking about cherry barbs when the dwarf neon rainbows at my LFS caught my eye.
I have read some fish profiles on them now and know how big they get and that they do much better in schools (obviously).
I just have a few questions for people who actually have kept them/have experience with them.
1. I know pictures rarely do *any* fish justice... how brilliant does the blue on their bodies get?
2. Are they very active swimmers?
3. Are they lower-, mid- or top-tank swimmers? Or everywhere?
4. Are they nippy?
5. Is eight enough for a decent small school? (I was planning on two smaller schools of them and one other species of something, but I'd consider upping it to like 12-15 rainbows and no other species but a centerpiece and a school of cories)
6. What centerpiece fish would would you recommened that would go peacefully with them?
7. How tightly do they school?
I think that's all for now. Thanks in advance!
(Edited to add question #7)
Oh also, my filtration is currently an Aquaclear 50, but I will be adding an Aquaclear 20 on within three weeks (before I add the first fish).
Last edited by Danifins; 05-08-2012 at 02:47 AM.
05-12-2012, 05:23 PM #2
I have 3 dwarf rainbows in my 30 gal community. My intent was to add more to make an actual school but I probably won't because they do not have the color I had anticipated or hoped for. Don't get me wrong. They are gorgeous fish and when the light hits them just right they are brilliant. Most of the time, however, they just look a sort of dull silver gray. Their iridescence is what brings out the color so it's kind of odd but they actually show better with the tank light off in the daylight. Go figure.
They're active swimmers - all areas of the tank, peaceful and pretty much keep to themselves except at feeding time then they mix it up with the other fish. They don't school tightly but they do tend to stick loosely together.
Perhaps the fact that I don't have a true school makes a difference in how they show their colors ...
Hope that helps
05-12-2012, 05:33 PM #3
Neons are silver and the only color on them is their red fins. I actually like them myself. The larger the school the better. You could keep an angelfish with them.
A splash of color would be those cherry barbs. More females than males but those males are bright red and add a splash of color to a tank. I prefer the cherry barbs myself. They would also go well with an angelfish.
Neon rainbowfish are really not dwarfs. That's just the size they are and are mistakenly referred to as dwarfs.
05-12-2012, 11:54 PM #4
Thank you so much for your replies, guys.
I think I've decided to not go with them for now. My tall tank doesn't offer them enough length for swimming, methinks.
Lady Hobbs: Yeah I know they're not a dwarf, its just such a common misnomer that it got stuck in my head and now I can't change the title. I actually did try, but the 15 minutes in which you can edit a post has passed lol.
05-12-2012, 11:57 PM #5
05-13-2012, 03:09 AM #6
Interesting: the book I have (WHAT FISH - A BUYER'S GUIDE TO TROPICAL FISH) lists them as Neon (dwarf) rainbowfish. That's why I was referring to them as dwarfs.
05-20-2012, 06:16 AM #7
I have 5 Neon (dwarf?) Rainbows in my tank and i really like them. They are silver but with the right light they do show up some blues and yellows which is surely where the 'Neon' comes from. This as well as the red in male and yellow in female fins, these make colourful fish. I plan to buy another 10 of these when i feel it comfortable to add more.Fiiiiiiiiiiissssshhhhhh!
05-26-2012, 11:47 PM #8
the longer I have my neon rainbows, the better I like them. they've grown a bit in the past couple of weeks and their color is more vivid. I think I might eventually add three more. just goes to show - things change :o)
05-27-2012, 02:43 AM #9
I enjoy rainbowfish.org as a site for rainbows. They specialize in them.
06-03-2012, 10:10 PM #10Junior Member Guppy
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I have 7 DNRs in my 30G community tank now. When I got my tank from someone (20g), he gave me 6 DNRs but 1 female died and other 1 got very sick in the initial days. I started taking care of them a lot. I am personally very attached them. After that I added two more high quality females and the whole chemistry has changed. my DNRs are really a treat to watch every morning. I have 4 f and 3 m. Its a moderately planted tank and I am totally new to this hobby. Its been only 3+ months now.
I have 15 tetras (neon 6, 4 cardinal, 5 black neon), 5 Serpae Tetras, 3 cories, 1 guppy, few shrimps. Its an amazing combo as they nicely occupy my 30G tank. water balance is still settling in my tank. In past 1 week, my DNR spawned about 5-6 times. I have collected few eggs and there are two tiny little fry that I put in my 10G tank now.
You need at least 6, 2 m, 4 f and you will like the everyday morning show that they put up.
I hope this helps.