Fish for the Planted Aquarium - Aquatic Plant Central

anyway, as crazy loaches said, there are so many fish suited for planted tanks. Read around the photo journal, nano tanks, and low tech tanks subforums to see what members like to use.

Best Fish for Planted Tanks

Now that's we've talked about the different styles of fish tanks that you'd find associated with live plants, we're going to discuss the different types of plants that you can get for your tank.

what are good fishes for a planted tank

Page 22-Best Schooling Fish for Planted Tanks Fish for the Planted Aquarium. We also really like the fact that it’s all natural gravel that provides for a great base for plants to grow their roots in. This stuff can be used for planted aquariums, normal fish tanks, and terrariums too.

Best fish that suite the planted tank. - The Planted Tank Forum

By the way, Nitrates are great for planted tanks. You're going to have to add Nitrate fertilizer to your tank in the absence of fish. I totally disagree with #1, but totally agree with #2.

I think the best fishes for the planted tank are then neon tetra


There are thousands of different species of aquarium fish out there, but not all of them are a good choice for plants tanks. Some species – like silver dollars, monos, and rainbowfish – are notorious plant-eaters. Below you will find a list of the top 5 freshwater fish species that will not destroy your planted tank:Green Neon (P. simulans): lively, tiny little fish with a cool, green-blue neon stripe and less intense red on the belly than the cardinal tetra. Does not grow nearly as large as the cardinal (about half the size). Very social. Great for small planted tanks.With that being said, I have seens tanks with fish such as Tetras that do not stay together, they just bounce around scattered around the tank within the plants. From some research it seems as if a predator makes them school together, such as Discus fish but yet I never see them chase the Tetras so how this can be considered a predator to "scare" them I do not know. Checkout this YouTube video for reference (and I would share a link but I am not allowed to apparently so search for "Planted tank Schooling Fish HD video" by Biju George). The whole predator to impose fear seems inhumane to me, certainly if they nip or chase my fish (you would think that would make a school split up and scatter).I observe fish behavior quite a lot and I couldn't see any sign of stress or "schooling in fear of danger" behavior. Even though it seems logical that "no where to hide" (plant coverage) would create more stressed out fish or a "need" to school for safety, I could not see any sign of stress. In fact, it seems like the fish were happier. In more dense planted tanks, the fish were less active and would venture around much. With less to no plant coverage, the fish would venture all over, color up better and spawn more frequently. I tried introducing stressors such as using my hand to chase or grab at the schooling fish, but they could care less and would not dart away out of fear.