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Old 12-02-2012, 04:45 PM   #11
 
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Ok you terrible people you've convinced me of what I already know I suppose. Darn you all. Haha

Considering my tank dimensions etc and a max size of 3inches how about boesami rainbows as a centre piece?

I also just threw away 2 large pieces of furniture...... stage 1 of acquiring a 6ft tank
Honestly the Rainbows probably need more than 31" of swimming room before needing to turn around. They're really active.

But I could be wrong. I don't know if all that extra width makes up for the short length of the tank for a fish that size.
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:00 PM   #12
 
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Your killing me C.F.!

I wasn't sure about this as read in multiple locations that you need approx 6x there length, so I thought by having 10x I would be ok?

Also, it's 32 inches
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:10 PM   #13
 
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Your killing me C.F.!

I wasn't sure about this as read in multiple locations that you need approx 6x there length, so I thought by having 10x I would be ok?

Also, it's 32 inches
We'll split the difference, since 80 cm is 31.4961 inches. I don't think the .4961 of an inch I shorted you will tip the balance one way or another.

I am unfamiliar with the above guidelines, but if this is the case you will have almost 10 x if you get all females. Males can get up to and above 4", but that still gives you more than 6x.

I just read a profile on another site that suggests "31.5 inches | 80 centimeters" as a minimum tank size for a group of Boesmani. So they could be fine.

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Old 12-02-2012, 05:28 PM   #14
 
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I just read a profile on another site that suggests "31.5 inches | 80 centimeters" as a minimum tank size for a group of Boesmani. So they could be fine.
Yeah this is the problem, so many sites, silly many answers. I've seen smaller suggested, and others saying no less than 150cm +

What I have done though is i literally just called a friend who keeps reef and tropicals to ask his opinion too and he said he had a spare 4ft in his garage that's making way for his next project. If I had known this before purchasing mine I could have saved myself quite a few bob!!! So now I have options and can have the boes


Which means I can now plan a tank around them!

And heres to hoping he gets bored of his 6ft new project soon, and wants a bigger one again! I could steadily upgrade on the cheap this way!

(And 31.496 gets rounded to 31.5....which gets rounded to 32! I don't make these rules.... honest! Don't hate the player....hate the game )

Edit: and as per the minimum size you said, if I put them in the smaller tank (I have to wait 8 t 10 weeks for his other tanK, ) I'll just have to take the minimum number of them, with the option to increase numbers later.
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:38 PM   #15
 
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(And 31.496 gets rounded to 31.5....which gets rounded to 32! I don't make these rules.... honest! Don't hate the player....hate the game )
Nice news about a 4 ft tank. That opens up many more possibilities.

As for your math, that is assuming for some strange reason you are rounding twice.

31.496 is .004 closer to 31 than it is to 32. If you play "the game" you realize this gets rounded to 31. Anything below 32.500 does. You only get 32 if you round it, then round it again. So I think you do make the rules.

Don't let math get in the way of your math though.
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Old 12-02-2012, 06:05 PM   #16
 
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If you're looking for bottom feeders to go with Rainbows in a 4 ft tank, I would suggest Zebra loaches.

They don't hide all day like some loaches, and they're not aggressive like other loaches. They swim right along with my Rainbows all day. They're actually really entertaining.
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Old 12-02-2012, 06:11 PM   #17
 
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Don't let math get in the way of your math though.
haha i enjoyed that :)

As for the tank yes its very good news :D He just wants it for the next approx 3 months as he is going to use it to quarantine some of the newer fish he will be adding to his larger tank in stages but he's guaranteed me it after that, and hes a good friend.

Now i get to pick tank mates for the boese :) I'm thinking of starting off with possibly some cherry barbs and adding in some.

Here's a list of what i've found thats compatible:

Bala Shark, Cherry Barb, Chinese High Fin, Clown Loach, Croaking Gourami, Dwarf Gourami, Dwarf Neon Rainbow, Giant Gourami, GloFish(see end), Kissing Gourami, Kuhli Loach, Molly, Peppermint Pleco L030, Platy, Pleco (Common), Rainbow Shark, Red Tailed Shark, Rosy Barb, Silver Dollar, Sparkling Gourami, Swordtail, Tiger Barb(too aggressive????), Tinfoil Barb, Zebra Danio.

The bolded are what I'm most interested in from that list.


I've bolded the glofish, but just as a WTF!?? GM'd fish? naaaaaaaaaaaaaaah

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Old 12-02-2012, 06:25 PM   #18
 
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haha i enjoyed that :)

As for the tank yes its very good news :D He just wants it for the next approx 3 months as he is going to use it to quarantine some of the newer fish he will be adding to his larger tank in stages but he's guaranteed me it after that, and hes a good friend.

Now i get to pick tank mates for the boese :) I'm thinking of starting off with possibly some cherry barbs and adding in some.

Here's a list of what i've found thats compatible:

Bala Shark, Cherry Barb, Chinese High Fin, Clown Loach, Croaking Gourami, Dwarf Gourami, Dwarf Neon Rainbow, Giant Gourami, GloFish(see end), Kissing Gourami, Kuhli Loach, Molly, Peppermint Pleco L030, Platy, Pleco (Common), Rainbow Shark, Red Tailed Shark, Rosy Barb, Silver Dollar, Sparkling Gourami, Swordtail, Tiger Barb(too aggressive????), Tinfoil Barb, Zebra Danio.


I've bolded the glofish, but just as a WTF!?? GM'd fish? naaaaaaaaaaaaaaah
Clown loaches need a bigger tank and kuhlis hide all the time, so I will mention again my preference for Zebra loaches in a tank this size, with Rainbows.

Tinfoil Barbs need a bigger tank. Rainbowfish will probably drive the Silver Dollars crazy with their fast and constant movement. Silver Dollars are awesome though. I keep them in another tank. They get bigger than the Rainbows, but are shy and less colorful. The Rainbows will follow you around when you walk by the tank, and their colors just get better as they age.

I have kept gouramis with Rainbowfish before and to be honest I think they have a hard time at feeding, just because the Rainbowfish are so much more active and faster. They do better with my Silver Dollars.

Dwarf Neon Rainbows are cool. You could do some Red Irian Rainbows with the Boesmani's too.

Common Pleco will outgrow a 48" tank. Bristlenose Pleco would be a great choice though.

I don't know about Tiger Barbs, never had any. I know they can be nippy, but the Rainbowfish are fast and don't have particularly long fins. I'm sure someone here has tried it and can let you know.

I'm curious about that because my wife wants some green tiger barbs. She thinks they look like they're wearing camouflage. She's from the country, where camouflage is a color.
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Old 12-02-2012, 06:42 PM   #19
 
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I agree with the lot tbh of what you just said.......ive now bolded the ones im most intersted in i think. Though from them you can rule out the kissing - size, and tiger's - nippy. (possibly) So i'm getting down to a few nice ones to choose from now :D

That pleco is very nice, i liked the peppermint one because it grows to a maximum of 7inches and not overly active (from what ive read), so now i have two nice ones to consider thank you.

Hmm, i had read something about feeding with the rainbows like that, which is a shame as i like the dwarf gourami's, doesnt rule them out completely but a definite consideration and something to look up further.

zebra danios is another fish people keep saying to me, easy to keep, pretty, blah blah, but not quite sure on them.

does anyone have any experience of keeping tiger barbs with rainbows? i would be interested. I'm also going to look up if you can mix the green and orange, just because i want to know tbh.

Camouflage isnt a colour? :p

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