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Fish recommendations for 46 gallon
Old 02-03-2008, 01:44 PM   #21
 
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I must apopogize, I have never heard of Badis bengalensis (scarlet badis) referred to as dario dario. Even on the availability lists from the breeders/wholesalers, they are always listed as Badis bengalensis or scarlet badis.
I have kept scarlet badis, though I have not spawned them yet. They were common at the store, and always sold fast when I was helping to set up small tanks. One thing I do know for sure is that they are territorial, and can get quite nippy.

If you're determined to add more fish, what about choprae danios? or marble hatchet or black wing hatche fish (smallest of the hatchets)? I would stick to a smaller fish that is more upper dwelling considering your current mixture. Another idea would be a white halfbeak, but be specific about them being white halfbeak (DERMOGENYS PUSILLUS) as some of the others get pretty large and can be aggressive, but be aware that they are live bearing, so all males or all females would be a good idea. You can determine sex in the halfbeaks the same way you would in any other livebearing fish by looking at the shape of the anal fin.

I would suggest being very careful if adding any other mid level or bottom dwelling fishes to that tank. Are your rams a male/female pair? If so, they are pretty easy to spawn, and can claim a lot territory. They are also known to be good parents and very protective of their fry. You might also want to consider rearranging things in that tank when adding any other fish, to avoid adding an "intruder" to a tank who's territories are already claimed by the existing animals.
Have you considered maybe adding inverts instead of fish? Things like ammano shrimp, which eat algae and are also a good scavenger, or ghost shrimp, would work well. If you want something larger, wood shrimp, or sometimes called bamboo shrimp are filter feeding and very peaceful. Red nose shrimp, not as easy to find, would also be an option.
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Old 02-03-2008, 04:36 PM   #22
 
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I have considered adding hatchets, they have a pygmy variety sometimes at a store that due to the weather and conditions of the roads is impossible to get to right now. I have not seen that particular danio (choprae) at any of the stores around here, but then I live in the middle of nowhere. I really like the badis, they are so tiny and look really cute darting in the plants (when I see them which is almost never).

I like the look of those white halfbeaks, but again I have never seen them around here. Those are definitely something to consider have a LFS get in for me.

There are already a few amanos in there to combat the algae, I always have some in my planted tanks. Red nosed and bamboo shrimp are both extremely difficult to find around here, I may have seen them once or twice.

My blue rams actually spawned about 5 days ago. So far the fry are doing well, I am raising them in straight RO water as there is no way any of them would have hatched in the water that comes out of the tap here. I took the eggs away from the parents soon after they were laid. So far things are looking pretty good, I have some microworms, infusoria, and BBS for them to eat. My female ram sometimes chases the other fish, but rarely for more than a millisecond. She is definitely the boss between the two (male and female).

Actually, right now my biggest concern with the tank is getting some dry ferts so I can start dosing macros, in particular nitrogen, as my test kits now read 0 nitrates (!) as well as nitrites and ammonia obviously. The plants sucked all the nitrates out of that tank in about a week.

Thanks for all the info, definitely fish to consider
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Old 02-03-2008, 04:45 PM   #23
 
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I'm finding information online that the halfbeaks prefer some salt in their water, have you found this to be the case? Also sounds like they have interesting breeding habits, they tend not to produce viable offspring and the gestation period is quite long.
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Old 02-15-2008, 03:17 PM   #24
 
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have you gotten more fish since your last post? if so what kind?
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Old 02-16-2008, 02:18 AM   #25
 
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No, not yet. I have been concentrating on raising my german blue ram babies and getting some dry fertilizers for the tank to get rid of some hair algae. I am leaning toward a school of dwarf Hatchet fish eventually for the tank, nitrates are always at 0 untill I dose for them so I don't have any worries about adding them. I will take pics when I get everything all settled.
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Old 02-16-2008, 05:59 PM   #26
 
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hachet fish are cool arent they? cant wait for the pics! and how many babies do you have? are you going to keep them?
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Old 02-16-2008, 06:37 PM   #27
 
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I have about 20. No, I think we are going to sell them to a nice LFS around here. It is cool having them around though!
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Old 02-16-2008, 06:39 PM   #28
 
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i dont know much about rams... how long does it take them to mature?
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