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Old 04-04-2014, 10:24 AM   #1 
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Nano Fish - Bring it on

I've moved this continuing discussion about Nano Fish to the area for all to enjoy. Conversation started in the last 2 pages of this thread in Betta Care:

http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=372530&page=5

Originally posted by BWG:

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I'm not going to distinguish between easy/hard fish. The profiles typically speak for themselves. Same with tank size. Right now this is just to show you all the options in small (from really tiny to just small)fish there are. Some while small, do require tanks of at least 24". I'm also only listing fish I've seen for sale (usually online).

Boraras sp.-Start off with my faves. I keep B. naevus and B. brigittae. B. micros is never seen for sale, at least that I've seen.
Microdevario sp.
Sundadanio-This has been split into 8 species, but they are still seemingly just all sold as S. axelrodi. Just don't mix colors.
Dario kajal
Dario hysginon
Scarlet Badis
Danionella dracula
Danionella translucida
Ember Tetra
Clown Killifish
Red Cherry Rasbora
Axelrodia sp. Not sure why that tank size recommendation to be honest.
Jelly Bean Tetra-Check out Chesh's pics on there! Woohoo!
Hengel's Rasbora
Lambchop Rasbora
Emerald Eye Rasbora
Burmese Rosy Loach
Dwarf Zebra Hovering Loach
Pygmy Cory
Dwarf Cory
Aspidoras pauciradiatus
Hara jerdoni
Dadio
Daisy's Ricefish
Spotted Blue Eye
Adonis Tetra
Least Killifish
Gold Ring Danio
Celestial Pearl Danio
Glowlight Danio
Panther Danio
Dwarf Spotted Danio
Jae Barb
African Butterfly Barb
Golden Dwarf Barb
Pethia canius
Pethia aurea

Is that enough for now? I can keep going. I omitted species that need hard, basic water (Asian Rummynose, Emerald Rasbora, Red Dwarf Rasbora, etc), fish that are more normal sized but ideal with nanos (Eight Banded False Barbs, Neolabias sp, Drapefin Barbs, etc), and even some small fish that might work (Elassoma sp, Swamp Darters, Pygmy Killifish, Tiger Teddies, etc) just in case anyone wants a part two.
Originally posted by thekoimaiden:

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Hahaha! And he's not kidding! He can pump out another list just as large as that if you ask! I'm surprised you left out the dwarf pangio!
Originally posted by jentralala:

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What about Least Killifish? They do well in soft water (I caught mine in water that had a ph of around 6.2! With incredibly low gh and kh.), are absolutely adorable, personable, and are also livebearers.

In journal thread (http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...-358858/page5/) you can see a few pictures I have of them. :)

They're my first nano-fish, I have them in a ten gallon. The males are around half an inch, the females around an inch. Smallest native fish in North America!

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Old 04-05-2014, 11:21 AM   #2 
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Ok, it's been brought. I'm not taking credit for this, I downloaded this list off of another site some time ago. Unfortunately I don't remember the site so I can't credit the people that did the work on it, so if anyone recognizes it please credit the people for me. If there is anything missing or wrong information it's not my fault. I did recreate this because the original format wouldn't post right, so if there are spelling mistakes those are probably mine.

Enjoy!

Part 1

Common Name
“Proper Name”
Adult Length
Minimum #
Dwarf Gold Barb
Barbus Gelius
4.0cm/1.6”
Shoaling/5min
Jae Barb
Barbus Jae
3.8cm/1.4”
Shoaling/5min
Platinum Barb
Horadandia atukorali
3.0cm/1.25”
Shoaling/5min
Lipstick Barb
Puntius erythromycter
4.0cm/1.6”
Dwarf Red Betta
Betta Coccina
6.0cm/2.4”
Siamese Fighting Fish
Betta Splendens Aspidoras
7.0cm/2.8”
False Cory
Pauciradiatus
3.5cm/1.3”
Shoaling/5min
Mini Moth Catfish
Hara Jerdoni
3.0cm/1.25”
3min
Shadow Catfish
Flavus Hyalobagrus
4.4cm/1.8”
Shoaling/4min
Otocinclus
Otocinclus Affinis
5.0cm/2.0”
3min
Hummingbird Catfish
Rama Chandramara
5.0cm/2.0”
3-4min
Dwarf Flag Cichlid
Laetacara Curviceps
4.5cm/1.75”
Bonded Pairs
Brevis Shell-Dweller
Neolamprologus Brevis
5.5cm/2.25”
Bonded Pair
Multi-Lined Chiclids
Neolamprologus Multifasciatus
5.0cm/2.0”
Shoaling/5min
Similis Chichlid
Neolamprologus Similis
6.0cm/1.6”
Salt & Pepper Cory
Corydoras Habrosus
3.5cm/1.3”
Shoaling/5min
Dwarf Cory
Corydoras Hastatus
2.5cm/1.0”
Shoaling/5min
Pygmy Cory
Corydoras Pygmaeus
2.1cm/.75”
Shoaling/5min
Dadio
Laubuca dadiburior
3.0cm/1.25”
Shoaling/5min
Pearl Danio
Danio Albolineatus
6.5cm/2.5”
Celestial Pearl Danio
Danio Margaritatus
2.1cm/.75”
3min
Dwarf Danio
Danio Nigrofasciatus
3.7cm/1.3”
Shoaling/5min
Zebra Danio
Danio Rerio
5.0cm/2.0”
Shoaling/5min
Scarlet Badis
Dario Dario
2.0cm/.75”
2min
Rainbow Darters
Etheostoma caeruleum
7.7cm/3.0”
Least Darters
Etheostoma Microperca
4.4cm/1.8”
Schooling Bumblebee Goby
Brachygobius Aggregatus
1.5cm/.50”
3min
Bumblebee Goby
Brachygobius Nunus
2.5cm/1.0”
Burmese Bumblebee Goby
Brachygobius Xanthomelas
2.0cm/.75”
Red Licorice Gourami
Parosphromenus Sumatranus
4.0cm/1.6”
One Pair/Tank
Honey Gourami
Trichogaster Chuna
3.8cm/1.4”
Pygmy Gourami
Trichopsis Pulmila
4.0cm/1.6”
Peacock Gudgeons
Tateurndina Ocellicauda
5.0cm/2.0”
One Pair/Tank
Black-Winged Hatchetfish
Carnegiella Marthae
3.5cm/1.3”
Shoaling/5min
Pygmy Hatchetfish
Carnegiella Myersi
2.2cm/.80”
Shoaling/5min
Marbled Hatchetfish
Carnegiella Strigata
3.5cm/1.3”
Shoaling/5min
Allotoca Zacapuensis
Allotoca Zacapuensis
3.3cm/1.3”
Dubois’ Panchex
Aphyoplatys Duboisi
3.5cm/1.3”
Golden Lyretail
Aphyosemion Australe
6.0cm/2.4”
Two Stripe Lyretail
Aphyosemion Bivittatum
5.0cm/2.0”
Two Stripe Aphyosemion
Aphyosemion Bicittatum
5.0cm/2.0”
Norman’s Lampeye
Aplocheilichthys Normani
4.0cm/1.6”
Swordfin Killifish
Campellolebias Brucei
4.5cm/1.75”
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Old 04-05-2014, 11:23 AM   #3 
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Great, it's screwing up the formatting...

Part 2

Swampfish
Chologaster Cornuta
6.6cm/2.9”
Blue Lampeye Killifish
Congopanchax Brichardi
3.0cm/1.25”
5min
Gabon Jewelfish
Diapteron Cyanostictum
6.5cm/2.5”
Chevalier Killi
Epiplatys Chevalieri
6.0cm/2.4”
Red Chin Panchex
Epiplatys Degeti
6.0cm/2.4”
Killifish Foerschichthys
Foerschichthys Flavipinnus
3.5cm/1.3”
Starhead Topminnow
Fundulus Dispar
6.0cm/2.4”
Yucatan Flagfish
Garmanella Pulchra
4.0cm/1.6”
2 to 4 adults
Dwarf Mosquitofish
Heterandria Formosa
3.0cm/1.25”
2 to 4 adults
Pygmy Killi
Leptolucania Ommata
3.0cm/1.25”
1 adult
Bluefin Killi
Lucania Goodei
6.0cm/2.4”
Catarina Pupfish
Megupsilon Aporus
4.0cm/1.6”
Nile Killifish
Micropanchax Loati
4.0cm/1.6”
Aphyosemion Seymouri
Nothobranchius Kiyawensis
4.5cm/1.75”
Japanese Killifish
Oryzias Latipes
3.2cm/1.25”
East Coast Lampeyes
Pantanodon Stuhlmanni
5.0cm/2.0”
Clown Killi
Pseudepiplatys Annulatus
4.0cm/1.6”
Saberfin Killifish
Terranatos
4.0cm/1.6”
Killifish Tomeurus
Tomeurus Gracilis
3.3cm/1.3”
Shoaling/5min
Barred Livebearer
Carlhubbsia Stuarti
3.2cm/1.25”
Carnegie’s Millionsfish
Cnesterodon Carnegiei
3.0cm/1.25”
Big Bend Gambusia
Gambusia Gaigei
5.4cm/2.20”
Teardrop Mosquitofish
Gambusia Sexradiata
2.6cm/1.0”
Grand Cayman Limia
Limia Caymanensis
2.8cm/1.10”
Tiburon Peninsula Limia
Limia dominicensis
2.6cm/1.0”
Sulphur Limia
Limia Sulphurophila
3.8cm/1.4”
Swamp Guppy
Micropoecilia Picta
4.0cm/1.6”
4min
Tiger Teddy
Neoheterandria Elegans
3.8/1.4”
Picotee Livebearer
Phallichthys Fairweateri
3.8cm/1.4”
Four-Spot
Phallichthys Quaddripunctatus
3.5cm/1.3”
Pallid Widow
Phallichthys Tico
2.5cm/1.0”
Dusky Millions Fish
Phalloceros Caudimaculatus
3.5cm/1.3”
Branner’s Livebearer
Poecilia Wingei
2.0cm/.75”
Guppy
Poecilia Reticulata
3.5cm/1.3”
Endler’s Livebearer
Poecilia Wingei
2.0cm/.75”
Blackstripe Livebearer
Poecilia Prolifica
2.5cm/1.0”
Burma Yellow Neon Rasb
Microdevario Kubotai
2.0cm/.75”
Shoaling/5min
Microrasbora Nana
Microdevario Nanus
1.5cm/.50”
Shoaling/5min
Barboides Gracilis
Barboides Gravilis
1.8cm/.75”
Shoaling/5min
Barbus Sylvaticus
Barbus Sylvaticus
1.9cm/.75”
Barred Topminnow
Quintana Atrizona
3.4cm/1.45”
White Cloud Mountain Minnow
Tanichthys Albonubes
4.0cm/1.6”
Shoaling/5min
Vietnamese Minnow
Tanichthys Micagemmae
2.3cm/.90
Shoaling/5min
Cauca Molly
Poecilia Caucana
3.0cm/1.25”
Dwarf Molly
Poecilia Chica
3.0cm/1.25”
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Dwarf Pencilfish
Nannostomus Marginatus
3.5cm/1.3”
Shoaling/5min
Monterrey Platyfish
Xiphophorus Gordoni
4.0cm/1.6”
Northern Platyfish
Xiphophorus Maculatus
3.5cm/1.3”
Southern Platy
Xiphophorus maculatus
4.0cm/1.6”
Catemaco Playfish
Xiphophorus Milleri
3.0cm/1.25”
Pygmy Swordtail
Xiphophorus Pygmaeus
4.0cm/1.6”
Swordtail Platyfish
Xiphophorus Xiphidium
4.0cm/1.6”
Dwarf Puffer
Carinotetraodon Travancoricus
3.5cm/1.3”
Threadfin Rainbow
Iriatherina Wemeri
4.0cm/1.6”
Shoaling/5min
Gertrude’s Rainbow
Pseudomugil Gertrudae
3.8cm/1.4”
Mosquito Resbora
Boraras Brigittae
3.8cm/1.4”
Shoaling/5min
Dwarf Rasbora
Boraras Maculatus
1.3cm/.7”
Shoaling/5min
Phoenix Rasboras
Boraras Merah
2.0cm/.75”
Shoaling/5min
Rasbora Micro
Boraras Micros
1.3cm/.7”
Shoaling/5min
Least Rasbora
Boraras Urophthalmoides
4.0cm/1.6”
Shoaling/5min
Emerald Dwarf Rasbora
Microrasbora Erythromicron
2.0cm/.75”
Shoaling/5min
Asian Cardinal Rasbora
Microrasbora Rubescens
3.0cm/1.25”
Shoaling/5min
Blackline Rasbora
Rasbora Boraptetensis
4.0cm/1.6”
Shoaling/5min
Emerald Eye Rasbora
Rasbora Dorsiocellata macrophthaln
3.5cm/1.3”
Shoaling/5min
Neon Rasbora
Sundadanio Axelrodi
2.3cm/.90”
Shoaling/5min
Cherry Spot Rasbora
Rasbora Rubrodorsalis
4.0cm/1.6”
Everglade Pygmy Sunfish
Elassoma Evergladei
3.4cm/1.40”
Colony
Okefenokee Pygmy Sunfish
Elassoma Okefenokee
3.4cm/1.40”
Colony
Banded Pygmy Sunfish
Elassoma Zonatum
4.7cm/1.80”
Colony
Green Fire Tetra
Aphyocharaz Rathbuni
2.7cm/1.06”
Shoaling/5min
Ruby Tetra
Axelrodia Riesei
4.0cm/1.6”
Shoaling/5min
Silvertip Tetra
Hasekmania Nana
2.7cm/1.06”
Shoaling/5min
Glow Light Tetra
Hemigrammus Erythrozonus
3.3cm/1.30”
Shoaling/5min
Ember Tetra
Hyphessobrycon Amandae
3.0cm/1.25”
Shoaling/5min
Serpae Tetra
Hyphessobrycon Eques
4.0cm/1.6”
Shoaling/5min
Flame Tetra
Hyphessobrycon Flammeus
2.5cm/1.0”
Shoaling/5min
Black Neon Tetra
Hyphessobrycon Herbertaxelrodi
3.2cm/1.25”
Shoaling/5min
Flag Tetra
Hyphessobrycon Heterorhabdus
3.3cm/1.30”
Shoaling/5min
Black Phantom Tetra
Hyphessobrycon Megalopterus
3.6cm/1.48”
Shoaling/5min
Red-Tailed Phantom Tetra
Hyphessbrycon Roseus
1.9cm/.75”
Shoaling/5min
Red Phantom Tetra
Hyphessbrycon Sweglesi
3.2cm/1.26”
Shoaling/5min
Coffeebean Tetra
Hyphessbrycon Takasei
3.0cm/1.25”
Shoaling/5min
Jellybean Tetra
Ladigesia Roloffi
4.0cm/1.6”
Shoaling/5min
Adonis Tetra
Lepidarchus Adonis
2.1cm/.75”
Shoaling/5min
Dwarf Pencilfish
Neolebias Ansorgii
2.6cm/1.0”
Shoaling/5min
Neon Tetra
Paracheirodon Innesi
2.2cm/.80”
Shoaling/5min
Green Neon Tetra
Paracheirodon Simulans
2.0cm/.75”
Shoaling/5min
Blackline Penguinfish
Thayeria Boehlkei
3.2cm/1.26”
Shoaling/5min
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It's supposed to be common name/real name/size/needs (group size if applicable) I hope everyone can make it out
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It's supposed to be common name/real name/size/needs (group size if applicable) I hope everyone can make it out
That's a great list and the formatting is decipherable. Thanks for the posts.
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Interesting list. On the one hand there is quite a few species that aren't well known so whoever made it did some research. On the other hand some of the sizes are just plain wrong with some being listed as too small and some too large (quick examples of what I mean. Boraras urophthalmoides is one of the smallest species in the genus and gets about .6 inches, not 1.6 inches. Silvertip tetras get much closer to two inches than 1 inch) plus some kind of make me wonder based on size (3 inch fish to me are not nano or else I think all of use would own nano fish). Not sure if the author meant nano fish or fish for smaller tanks (maybe 20 gallons or less).

I say we make our own comprehensive list, if anyone wants to. Let other people find our awesomeness and share it, because I think we could do better!
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I say we make our own comprehensive list, if anyone wants to. Let other people find our awesomeness and share it, because I think we could do better!
I think if we were to make our own comprehensive list (which would be awesome), we need to have a definite definition of a nano fish for the purpose of the list.

Fish 1 inch or less? Fish that can live in five or less gallons?...
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I completely agree on a definition being a good idea. I personally use about 30 mm (1.2 inches) as my definition. Not all the fish that fall in that range are suitable to a 5 or even 10 gallon aquarium due to activity level or aggression. On the other hand there are species above that length that are perfectly fine in an aquarium that size (Betta splendens seems the perfect example as are many other Betta species). So to me at least the fish length and aquarium definitions are for two separate things: Nano fish and Fish for nano aquariums. Not sure which will be of more use.
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Interesting way of putting it. Fish first or environment first.

I think alot of people (like me) start out getting the aquarium, then look to stock it afterwards. Then with some experience, the focus shifts the other way. Pick the fish, then get the aquarium to house them.

Maybe the list should be organized into categories by tank size needed. Gives options for both tank first and fish first buyers.

As for me, I found a front runner. Sundadanio Axelrodi. Love the size (.8"), love the color (a beautiful iridescent green all over), and the environment (about as blackwater as it gets with sand, leaves, timy grasses, lots of branchy driftwood, and surface plants to filter the light). Love the challenge this one presents.

There is something that occurred to me, though, for a very acidic environment like this one. If nitrifying bacteria in the filter stop processing ammonia at PH 6 and below, how does the ammonia get processed into nitrites?

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