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post #21 of 28 Old 09-05-2009, 04:31 PM Thread Starter
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damnit i guess iv been getting the names mixed up through out the posts ill try and find my recepts to return them

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post #22 of 28 Old 09-06-2009, 09:10 PM Thread Starter
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iv got 12 neon tetras and 2 zebra loaches in the tank right now and plan to put 6 or 7 boesman rainbowfish in the tank and was wondering how many more fish would i be able to keep without over stocking it?

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post #23 of 28 Old 09-07-2009, 01:58 PM
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iv got 12 neon tetras and 2 zebra loaches in the tank right now and plan to put 6 or 7 boesman rainbowfish in the tank and was wondering how many more fish would i be able to keep without over stocking it?
Space is not the problem, but I would not put Melanotaenia Boesemani (Boesemani Rainbowfish) in with smaller fish, as they will attempt to eat them. Rainbow males can grow to over 4 inches, and according to reports will attempt to eat any fish smaller than about one inch. They are peaceful community fish with similarly-sized fish, but not smaller fish like neons and similar.

As you have the neons now, some thoughts on suitable tankmates if you want slightly larger fish would be dwarf cichlids from South America (species in the genera Apistogramma, Mikrogeophagus, Dicrossus) or some of the peaceful larger characins (Congo tetras, diamond tetras...). Of course any of the dozens of tetras would work, and in a 50g you could have several species with 7-9 of each. In a well-planted tank, beautiful.

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Zebra loaches, as with most loaches, prefer and do best when maintained in groups, five or more. If it was my tank (and it's not!) I'd add at least three more zebras. JMHO.

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Zebra loaches, as with most loaches, prefer and do best when maintained in groups, five or more. If it was my tank (and it's not!) I'd add at least three more zebras. JMHO.
Thanks kymmie, I missed that. Good thing you check my posts to keep me awake. Yes, fighttest, loaches are very social fish, and Botia striata is one of the more peaceful and not so large (mature at 4 inches), so minimum 5 in your tank would be great. B.

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Thanks kymmie, I missed that. Good thing you check my posts to keep me awake. Yes, fighttest, loaches are very social fish, and Botia striata is one of the more peaceful and not so large (mature at 4 inches), so minimum 5 in your tank would be great. B.
Aw, Byron, I know you purposely left it out so I'd have something to add as my 2 cents.
I know you know how much I love my loaches.

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post #27 of 28 Old 09-07-2009, 02:57 PM Thread Starter
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they seem pretty happy just the two of them but if my lfs has another one ill get it though im not real sure since i got them a few weeks ago

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post #28 of 28 Old 09-07-2009, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
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hmm so i guess if my neons arent going to work out maybe i can sell them back to my lfs as well as the zebras because i dont really want 5 of them get 7 rainbow fish 4 female 3 male (if i can) and then how many cichlids would i probably be able to keep?

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