7 easy schooling aquarium fish! | Aquariadise

Here are some of the greatest and easiest schooling fish you can keep in your aquarium:
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Aggression problems within schools can be fixed by adding further specimens. In the case of tiger barbs for example, fin-nipping amongst themselves and toward other tropical fish in the freshwater aquarium are most common when they’re kept in groups smaller than 10. Sex ratios are important too, and among species like mollies where aggression between males is common, it’s important to have at least twice as many females than males. In extreme cases, if a schooling species isn’t kept in adequate numbers, the dominant fish ends up harassing or killing all its companions; piranhas are notorious for this, but it can happen with tropical fish such as and Chromis too.
This fish is often underestimated as a possible easy schooling fish for a freshwater aquarium.
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GloFish are relatively hardy, easy to keep, and get along well with other fish. However, not all fish are this way, so if you have other fish in your tank or are adding new fish to your GloFish tank, be careful to choose fish that can all live together in a similar environment. Here are a few key points that may be helpful: (1) Like their non-fluorescent counterparts, GloFish are schooling fish and should ideally be kept in groups. This is particularly important with GloFish Barbs (Electric Green® and Starfire Red®), which can potentially become aggressive if they are not kept in groups of five or more. (2) Be sure not to crowd too many fish into a tank. (3) Please avoid keeping fish (even just one fish) in a small bowl. Recommended stocking densities vary depending upon the literature source, tank configuration, filtration system, and other factors, so making a specific recommendation is difficult. We recommend consulting with the experts at your local fish store before starting a new aquarium or adding to an existing community. These easy schooling fish are far too beautiful to pass on when choosing your schooling freshwater aquarium fish.
Photo provided by FlickrSchooling fish are a wonderful addition to any tank as they bring life and excitement to every aquarium.
Photo provided by FlickrThey are one of the most popular tightly schooling fish and are a great sight to watch in any aquarium.
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Ember tetra have become one of the most popular aquascaping fish additions. This is due to their distinct bright orange color and their extremely small size. This combination works in two ways. The aquarium will appear much larger with small fish such as the Ember Tetra occupying the empty space. This is especially advantageous in aquascaping competitions such as the Aquatic Gardeners Association when an image is the only visual source of the aquarium. Their unique name ‘Ember’ is realised in their bright blood-orange coloration. Ember Tetras will often swim in schools resulting in a bright trail of color through the aquascape. They are suited to a lower pH often found in planted aquascapes and overall are an excellent choice for the planted aquarium.You’ve probably seen massive schools of sardines, tuna or other fish being marauded and splintered by larger predators on the Discovery Channel or some other nature show. While you probably won’t see these fish available for a home aquarium, there are some options of fish that will exhibit these fascinating behaviors if kept in a large enough aquarium and in large enough groups.The Neon Tetra is very similar to the Cardinal Tetra. How do you tell the difference between a Neon Tetra and a Cardinal Tetra? The difference lies in the coloration. Cardinal Tetras hold their coloration from the tip of the mouth to the end of the tail. Neon Tetras have a small break in the red lining that runs down their side. Their belly is often a white-silver coloration. Neon Tetras will not grow as large, often maximum size is less than 1″. Neon Tetras are extremely cheap and can be bought at almost any pet store or LFS. For this reason they are the best budget solution when a school of fish is required. Purchasing 50-100 in a very large aquarium will make for a stunning display.One of the best examples of a schooling marine fish is the . Green Chromis have beautiful, pastel green-blue coloration. They are non-aggressive and generally hardy in a marine aquarium. This fish has been around the hobby for decades now and is a common sight in retail stores. How many does it take to get these fish to school? At least 6 is the consensus. Unlike other damsels, these fish tend to be mild-mannered and even timid, especially when kept as individuals. Keeping a school of these fish in a tank will promote schooling behavior and make the fish more outgoing.