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post #11 of 12 Old 09-20-2011, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
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I wouldnot use blasting sand, it is sharp endged. Playsand will work fine. Oscars shouldnot be kept with other fish. Tinfoil need a 7-foot 200g tank, a group of 6, they attain 14 inches and need swimming space.
i am talking about the red fin version of the barb they are full grown at 8" Red-tailed Tinfoil Barb (Barbonymus altus) - Seriously Fish

the only reason i was leaning towards blasting over play is because i wanted a black substrate and i think it will be fine being sharp edged seeing as plecos and bichirs are both armor coated

also from what ive seen, oscars are kinda really passive not really a bully as long as it wont fit in their mouth they leave it alone,.. my gf loves the look of blood red parrots(i find them ugly) so i kinda have to get them, and ive always loved oscars had one in my 55 for a year and a half then i donated him to a friend with a bigger tank (90 gal) who never done a water change and he died to hole in the head just 2 months after i gave em away :(
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i am talking about the red fin version of the barb they are full grown at 8" Red-tailed Tinfoil Barb (Barbonymus altus) - Seriously Fish

the only reason i was leaning towards blasting over play is because i wanted a black substrate and i think it will be fine being sharp edged seeing as plecos and bichirs are both armor coated

also from what ive seen, oscars are kinda really passive not really a bully as long as it wont fit in their mouth they leave it alone,.. my gf loves the look of blood red parrots(i find them ugly) so i kinda have to get them, and ive always loved oscars had one in my 55 for a year and a half then i donated him to a friend with a bigger tank (90 gal) who never done a water change and he died to hole in the head just 2 months after i gave em away :(
Both species of barb are in our profiles; for B. altus it also says 8 inches.

All loricarids have a soft underbelly and will scrape themselves on sharp edges. Plus cichlids tend to "chew" the substrate.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

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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