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Question Dwarf neon rainbow/tank mates

Hi all, I'm trying to plan for what fish I can get in the future, that will be compatible with my dwarf neon rainbow's and corries.

I was thinking of a school of lemon tetras and maybe some mollies? I was wondering if there is anyone else that has kept this combination?

I'm open to any opinion's on this topic.

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This response has been moved to Neon Rainbowfish at Tim's Tropicals. Neon Rainbows are beautiful, peaceful fish. They are very active, like Zebra Danios. So I really doubt they will have problems with what you plan to have. I had mine with an Angel, Discus, other bigger Rainbows, Clown Loach, etc etc. No problem. But they are school fish, so keep that in mind. You should get 3-5. Mine endure about a year, but I bought him as an adult. Juveniles have the tips of the fins in yellow. As they grow they will change to red. I think they are ideal for medium sized tanks. You will love them!!! But they aren't exactly cheap, at least here...
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Question Re: Dwarf neon rainbow/tank mates

Thanks Lemuel,

My tank is 20 gallons. Is that ok for 2 Dwarf neon rainbows, 5 small corries, a school of 5 lemon tetras, and maybe 5 small mollies? I was thinking of balloon mollies. What do you think?

I don't remember exactly what lemon tetras cost were I live, but I don't think they're too bad in price.

Do Mollies require aquarium salt? If so, how much, and would it hurt my corries?

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For a 20 gall. Vanessa and using the 1 inch per gall. Rule just as a generalization for determining how many fish you can have in that tank, in my opinion that would be too many fish, and remember you need to use their adult size.

Rainbows grow approx. 2 inches
Lemon Tetras approx. 1.5/2 inches
Cories approx. 3 inches (depending on which species but most can grow to 3 inches)
Mollies approx. 3 inches

If you are getting 5 mollies that is 15 inches straight away, 5 cories = 15 inches, 5 Lemons = 10 inches and 2 Rainbows = 4 inches. TOTAL of 44 inches so your tank would be overstocked I’m afraid.

The Mollies will also have babies if you have male/females. Mollies do have the ability to adapt to a variety of salt levels in an aquarium and with a very gradual acclimation Mollies may be maintained in either a freshwater aquarium or a saltwater aquarium. In the freshwater aquarium, a teaspoon of aquarium salt per gallon is recommended for optimum health but that is really not necessary and only if they are in a species specific tank, not in a community tank and yes! it will hurt the Cories, they can’t tolerate salt as they do not have scales and it will burn their skin. Salt IS NOT needed for any freshwater fish and really should only be used as a medication.

All your choice of fish like to be in groups, including the Rainbow as Lemuel mentioned. I would personally leave out the Mollies. Hope this helps a little.

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Wow....Thanks Bernie! I didn't realize how bad that was! Do you have any suggestions for other types of fish that would be good with my rainbows and corries?

My 5 cories are 1 inch and they have been that size for quite a while now, so I'm thinking I must have the small species. Although they may just be very slow growing. My dwarf rainbows must be full grown now, because they are already 2 to 2&1/4 inches.

It's funny you should say that about rainbows being in groups, because I used to have 4 and they were always fighting. Now that I have 2 they get along great.

Do you know if Lemon tetra's will school with other types of tetras?

Thanks again Bernie!
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I have Dwarf rainbows at home they go with all the other rainbows also with tetras

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