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post #11 of 17 Old 11-23-2012, 07:36 PM Thread Starter
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I went against my better judgement

I just got home from buying some rosy barbs for a my 30 gallon colunm tank when I new I spuldnt have but I have a back up plan so yea
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post #12 of 17 Old 11-23-2012, 08:36 PM
umm... what? Why shouldn't you of gotten rosy barbs?

.... I'm probably drunk.

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post #13 of 17 Old 11-23-2012, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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Because people said that they need a long aquarium and I have a column aquarium
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post #14 of 17 Old 11-23-2012, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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But oh we'll I love them
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post #15 of 17 Old 11-24-2012, 12:07 PM
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Well, my suggestion is to return the Rosy Barb, explain why to the store, and select something suitable for the tank.

There are a couple reasons why this is not a good fish in this tank. First, fish size; 3 inches is minimum, and some sources say up to 6 inches. There is insufficient space in a 24-inch tank (regardless of the depth or volume) for a group of such fish. Then there is the swimming issue. These fish need space to swim down the tank. This is an essential aspect of their evolution, and it is being denied to them.

Fish that are placed in tanks that are small (to the fish) frequently develop health problems due to stress from sheer frustration. They always have a shorter lifespan.

Please follow the guidelines in the profiles; they are minimums recommended by biologists and ichthyologists who know the fish species better than any of us.


Edit: I just came across another (newer) thread on the same topic so I have merged it into the older thread. It is better not to start a new thread on the same issue because we all need to see the whole story in order to be of assistance.

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The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]

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post #16 of 17 Old 11-24-2012, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
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ok thxx for the help but i think ill just keep the rosy barbs in the tank there in and they are doing just fine so yea . sorry if i sound arrogant
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post #17 of 17 Old 11-24-2012, 03:34 PM Thread Starter
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and beside ive kept rosy barbs in there before and they thrived and had babies so i think they'll be fine till i get a bigger tank
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