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    Please recommend a top dweller for my tank!

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    Hi people, Need a favor from you experts.

    I currently have the following fishes in my 3tier 4 ft tank.

    Mid Level: Gold Tetras
    Mid-Lower Level: Cardinals
    Bottom Dwellers: Cories.

    The problem is that my top level is really empty.

    Please recommend some top dwellers for me, thanks alot.

    I prefer tetras. Any tetras are top dwellers?

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    Hi Leong,
    I have quite a smiliar setup like you.
    You can try Zebra Dianos. Get about 3-5 of them and you will see them swim really fast thru and fro.

    For me, I remove them away coz they started chasing my guppies!

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    how high is your watercolumn? green neon could be useful as they are small and school around the top 1/3 of the column. Also can consider hatchetfish, but I think they jump.
    why I don't do garden hybrids and aquarium strains: natural species is a history of Nature, while hybrids are just the whims of Man.
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    yes, zebra danio is a good choice. make sure you really have enuf surface for them to swam about. 5 is a max i feel as they are such fast fishes and always there first during feeding time.

    how about penguin tetra if you want to stick to just tetras.

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    how abt hatchet? pencilfish do stay at the top level, most of the time

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    to keep hatchet.. u need to cover up coz they are world class jumpers.. and u will get lots of giam hier the next morning... but if i'm wrong, they usually jump when startled...
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    school of hatchets is the best bet. They have enough presence.

    they stick very strictly to top level.
    so it is nice if you really want to have your tank having "4 storeys"

    you can also look for malayan halfbeaks..they are interesting fish

    glass catfish grow to abt 8cm max and they are interesting schooling fish that occupy middle-top level.

    Butterfly fish may eat smaller tetras, although they are very interesting addition to your tank. and they are strictly top dwellers too.

    archer fish had been kept in freshwater with no problems...but ultimately they do best in brackish.


    most of the top dwelling fish are jumpers, and it is in theri instinct to try to catch the occasional insect flying past.

    or you pump more Co2 into your tank and all your fish will be top dwellers

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    correction kel

    they jump for every freaking reason that there is..............hahahahahaha ....used to have 20 to 30 marble hachet and all gone......even when try to use a net to cover the top ...still they can find the gaps and ........yihar........one round away!!!!!!
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    Would strongly suggest 3 line pencil. Abit small but looks very nice with it's golden stripes.
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    Hatchets sounds good, but I had a few and they DID jump out.

    Does green neons really dwell in the top layer?

    How about black neons? Thanks for the responses guys, you're great!

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    green neon hangs out NEAR the top, but I think black neons are more like cardinal, at mid level. Maybe pencilfish, I notice my dwarf pencilfish also like to hang out near the top, but again, not at the top like the hatchet.
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    My middle levels are occupied by my gold tetras, the mid-bottom by neon tetras.

    So I want some guys to hang out at the Top/ Middle levels.

    Any tetras live there?


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    Livebearers are top level.
    U might want to consider them as long as your pH doesn't go too low.
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    my 3-lined pencilfish and rasboras hengeli stay at the top level.
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    leong hui, both green neon and pencilfishes belongs to the tetra/characin family. Since you have mostly tetra-type south american fishes, these would be appropriate as you can condition the water (black water) for them. I believe hatchets are also characin but not sure, anyway you better have a cover to stop them taking off.

    I think can consider dwarf and 3-line pencilfish as they also act as algae eaters.
    why I don't do garden hybrids and aquarium strains: natural species is a history of Nature, while hybrids are just the whims of Man.
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    Thanks a lot, I am into thinner tetras so as to make it "neater". Moreover, the hatchets I had kinda jumped to their death. So, I am avoiding them, so green neons are smaller than normal neons?

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    i go with pencil fish.
    Cheers!

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    yah, green neons are smaller than cardinals and regular neons. Maybe 3/4 size of the cardinal.
    why I don't do garden hybrids and aquarium strains: natural species is a history of Nature, while hybrids are just the whims of Man.
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    they look pretty good in a huge school =) arn't tetra mid level water fishes?
    Cheers!

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