09-17-2012, 02:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Byron
On the Garra (Garra flavatra), a group of 4 would be best; the fish will establish a pecking order, but with suitable aquascaping (fine gravel, river rock boulders, pieces of wood) providing several hiding spots this should work. Kept singly, the fish may take a dislike to other fish in the tank apparently.
In its habitat the fish occurs with various rasbora, danio, but no barbs [see below]. I've no personal experience, but I would caution on having any similarly-marked fish like Tiger Barb or Black Ruby Barb above the garra. The Black Ruby would be safer, as the Tiger might well nip the garra, but again the similarity may be an issue.
According to data in the scientific description of this species by the noted ichthyologist Dr. Sven Kullander (2005), sympatric species he found in the habitat included Rasbora daniconius, Rasbora rasbora, Aplocheilus panchax, Lepidocephalichthys berdmorei, Batasio elongatus, Olyra burmanica, Pterocryptis cf. berdmorei and Sicyopterus fasciatus along with unspecified members of Danio, Devario, Rasbora, Pangio, Channa, Mastacembelus and Anguilla.
Thank you Byron,
I'll look into other alternatives.