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post #11 of 14 Old 02-11-2012, 07:17 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I can go without the angels and neons, cuz id realy like to get the boesemani and pictus cats. Id also like the rainbow, but if itd mess with the corys, i can take that out too. Would there be any other shark that would work? like red tail? And how would it be to add a ghost knife?
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post #12 of 14 Old 02-12-2012, 01:27 PM
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Red Tailed Shark also gets aggressive, especially to other bottom dwellers like the Pictus Catfish. The Bala Shark is not a good choice, it get huge and will eat smaller fish and must be kept in a group and needs a much larger tank than a 55.
The Pictus Catfish likes acidic water and lower temps, and the Boeseman Rainbowfish likes basic water and higher temps.
If you click on the shaded names or use the "Tropical Fish Profiles" link at the top of the page in the dark blue navigation bar, you can look at the needs for each fish and compare/contrast fish size, group size, tank size, pH, hardness, temperature, activity level, cautions, and special needs.

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post #13 of 14 Old 02-12-2012, 02:02 PM
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Agree with Mina - knowing what your pH and hardness are would be really helpful.
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post #14 of 14 Old 02-13-2012, 11:52 AM
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Yes, we really need to know the water parameters because in this thread fish have been mentioned that are not compatible just in the water parameter aspect.

Black Ghost Knifefish came up, that is not a good community fish. It attains 20 inches, has an inflexible spine so it needs a tank at least 5 feet in length and 2 feet in width just so it can turn around. Plus it has such specific requirements in other areas. And it is predatory.

There is a lot of info in the profiles, second tab from the left in the blue bar actross the top. Please check them out.


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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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