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post #11 of 18 Old 02-16-2012, 07:59 PM
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I'm thinking I'll stick with the Black Ruby Barb. It just seems like a very eye catching fish, and it being active seems all the better.

Thanks for informing me on the timidity of the glass catfish.

I looked at the profile for the whip-tail catfish, but like the dwarf loach, it appears to need smaller substrate. However, I am somewhat interested in the striped raphael catfish; or perhaps the bristlenose catfish. I realize however that I'll need to get more cover for either one of the catfish however.

P.S. Sorry if I'm getting annoying. I'm so vehement on fish choosing right now because I'm hoping to purchase or order my fish this weekend.
Whiptail is fine over gravel or pebbles. They browse surfaces continually, scraping off algae and microscopic food.

The Rafael gets large, 6 inches, and is predatory. And at six inches it has a lot of bulk. The Whiptail by contrast is so slender that its six inches do not make it appear that long. Perception of size is important esp in smaller tanks where some fish just look "too big."

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The Rafael gets large, 6 inches, and is predatory. And at six inches it has a lot of bulk. The Whiptail by contrast is so slender that its six inches do not make it appear that long. Perception of size is important esp in smaller tanks where some fish just look "too big."
Thanks, I'll stick with the whiptail catfish then.

How do nine black ruby barb and one whiptail catfish sound? I input them into AqAdvisor, and I came up with this. I should note that it gave me a warning about the whiptail catfish, but I think it may be fine. Then again, I'm new to all of this, so what do I know?

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Thanks, I'll stick with the whiptail catfish then.

How do nine black ruby barb and one whiptail catfish sound? I input them into AqAdvisor, and I came up with this. I should note that it gave me a warning about the whiptail catfish, but I think it may be fine. Then again, I'm new to all of this, so what do I know?

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This is a good example of where this type of "adviser" can go wrong or mislead. It is not a "human" so it can't weigh everything together, it only functions according to its programmed data. It is looking at 6 inches of fish as being something more like the Rafael--a significant increase to the bioload compared to the Whiptail. It also might have a different "idea" of what a Whiptail is. There are many different species often called "Whiptail" in a fish store, and some are not so good.

The one in our profiles is the more commonly seen and "smaller" species, Rineloricaria parva [though the species name may be different in some places, as explained in the profile]. I would suggest a trio in your 29g. There is also a red form, it is in the profiles too under the name Red Lizard Whiptail. I mentioned previously that it might blend in with your substrate though. There are some other species seen now and then; as long as they are in the genus Rineloricaria, they will be fine. You can mix them, just have a couple chunks of wood, they love it. And it gives them each a "home."

So yes, 9 black ruby barb, and 3 whiptails...perfect. Add some floating plants and you will have a truly spectacular aquarium with the substrate you have (which I do like from an aesthetic point).

Byron.

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Great! I can not thank you enough Byron. And as a forum, everyone has really helped me through pretty much any problem I've encountered. Thank you.

I'm hoping to get my new additions tomorrow. I'll be sure to let you know how it all turns out.

Again, Thank you.
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Crap. Thos thread brings back horrible memories of me dealing with the dreaded mycobacteriosis amongst my dwarf neon rainbows. It's for that reason I had rejected more.offers to buy them. Would rather stick to Iriatherina werneri any day. Of.course, with teir featery fins, this restricts your options of other species. Avoid nippy species. My kerris did very wel with these lovely rainbows.

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Today I purchased some of my tank's inhabitants. World's Under Water only had four black ruby barb, and their next shipment doesn't come in till two weeks. I went ahead and bought the four they had, and I'll get more when they have them. They also offered to order three whiptail catfish, and said they would call me when they arrived.

That just leaves watersprite and driftwood. The driftwood I can get around where I live; and I may be able to ask WUW to order the watersprite for me.

All things considered I'm very happy right now. My four black ruby barbs seem to have adjusted quite nicely, and are having a banquet on the algae in my aquarium. They're very fun to watch.
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Visually, I think your one piece of driftwood would look better, a bit off center. What is all the debris around the bottom, on filter intake and glass? I'm assuming you've had fish in this tank before, right? For a tank without fish, I see lots of "stuff". Or is that just the camera? Looks nice though, like Byron said, very much a stream appearance.

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Today I purchased some of my tank's inhabitants. World's Under Water only had four black ruby barb, and their next shipment doesn't come in till two weeks. I went ahead and bought the four they had, and I'll get more when they have them. They also offered to order three whiptail catfish, and said they would call me when they arrived.

That just leaves watersprite and driftwood. The driftwood I can get around where I live; and I may be able to ask WUW to order the watersprite for me.

All things considered I'm very happy right now. My four black ruby barbs seem to have adjusted quite nicely, and are having a banquet on the algae in my aquarium. They're very fun to watch.
That's fine. The four barbs will settle, then when the new ones arrive they will settle even better with some existing settled company. Lots of "settling" here.

Just watch out on the Whiptails, make sure they are the Rineloricaria species. Common names can get confusing, esp to stores and suppliers who use them to sell fish.

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