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Old 03-07-2011, 02:51 PM   #31
 
Well, I actually found a batch of ten of them on aqua bid for like 20 bucks. That was what the bid was at. You might wanna get on and search for em, I'm not quite ready to actually get them, so no doubt they will be gone by the time I get them. ha. Also, out of these fish, is there any that I should add first?

Ive heard that it will help deter aggression issues in certain fish, so the gourami should probably go last. So, I'm thinking the neons should go first because, even though it will be pretty cycled by the time get them, just to tie the ends I could put them in there for a couple days then add the corys then the gourami? That i, if thats what I end up with. If I can find some. ha
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Old 03-07-2011, 03:10 PM   #32
 
that sounds like the best strategy to me!
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Old 03-08-2011, 04:39 PM   #33
 
Alrighty, then as soon as I get my next check I'm off to buy some neons. :)
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Old 03-16-2011, 02:51 PM   #34
 
Well, I ended up with a slightly different set up, but its a big "slight"! ha

So, I went to Pet smart to get my fish, they had the neons! Woo!

They had the grouamis! Woo!

They didn't have the cory's though.....boo!

So, I asked the guy some general fish questions, stuff about cycling, and things that I KNEW about certain fish to judge his knowledge and I was pretty impressed, so I rusted him and I asked, "what should I get instead of the cory's?" And he told me that he would recommend a red tailed shark........

Well, I thats what I ended up with. So, of course as soon as I got home I came to here and researched a little bit and now I'm not so sure I should have trusted him. ha

From what I could gather they are OK from the Water parameters, and temps and all that.

But I also read that they tend to be aggressive as they get older. And of course this concerns. I've been watching off and on through out the day, and always at feeding time, and so far everyone is ok. He is however only about 1 to 2 inches. So still quite young, guess I will just HAVE to buy another tank if he gets to aggressive. What ever will I do?! ha
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Old 03-16-2011, 04:21 PM   #35
 
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Well, I ended up with a slightly different set up, but its a big "slight"! ha

So, I went to Pet smart to get my fish, they had the neons! Woo!

They had the grouamis! Woo!

They didn't have the cory's though.....boo!

So, I asked the guy some general fish questions, stuff about cycling, and things that I KNEW about certain fish to judge his knowledge and I was pretty impressed, so I rusted him and I asked, "what should I get instead of the cory's?" And he told me that he would recommend a red tailed shark........

Well, I thats what I ended up with. So, of course as soon as I got home I came to here and researched a little bit and now I'm not so sure I should have trusted him. ha

From what I could gather they are OK from the Water parameters, and temps and all that.

But I also read that they tend to be aggressive as they get older. And of course this concerns. I've been watching off and on through out the day, and always at feeding time, and so far everyone is ok. He is however only about 1 to 2 inches. So still quite young, guess I will just HAVE to buy another tank if he gets to aggressive. What ever will I do?! ha
Just remember that sharks (minnows) cannot be housed with any other sharks unless there is over 6 of them and in a giant tank (like over 100 gallons) due to their aggressivness with each other.

I had an albino rainbow shark recently, and all was fine with her, until I realized she thought she was a cory and protect them, or thought she was protecting them, and bit off the tail of one of my brilliant rasboras when she was trying to chase away a nippy red minor tetra. I had to take the tetras and the shark in for a trade in at one of the local lfs's. Thankfully the rasbora is fine and am happy to report his tail is growing back. The removal of the shark upset my husband, as that is the one fish he liked.

Now, I know folks who have successfully kept a red tailed shark in a community tank for years without problem, however, I dont know anyone who successfully did this until they reached full size.

Good Luck either way...and yes, I would not take advice from that employee again, lol.
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Old 03-16-2011, 04:26 PM   #36
 
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By the way, if that guy knew your tank is a 25 gallon tall, he should NOT have suggested this fish. This is a 5-6 inch full grown fish that swims across the bottom of the tank, and I personally think the smallest tank one of these should be in is 30 gal or close to it, and not a tall, as that takes away from their space on the bottom...less space to swim will equal higher chances of aggression.

Thought it was worth mentioning.
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Old 03-16-2011, 04:33 PM   #37
 
Actually, and I may have gotten an oddity, This one likes to swim up the sides of the tank. He swims up and down them, and pretty much every where in the tank. He def spends more time in the middle of the tank than the bottom. ha

But thanks for the tips. I am prepared to buy another tank when the time comes. :)
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Old 03-16-2011, 04:39 PM   #38
 
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Actually, and I may have gotten an oddity, This one likes to swim up the sides of the tank. He swims up and down them, and pretty much every where in the tank. He def spends more time in the middle of the tank than the bottom. ha

But thanks for the tips. I am prepared to buy another tank when the time comes. :)

He is checking out his territory, after 3 or 4 days he will settle down and stay for the most part at the bottom of the tank.

Remember that this fish likes to set up territories, so if you have caves for him to get to to establish his territory that would help...and it isnt unlikely for them to set up multiple territories.

Now, I dont know this for sure, but I have read that you are not suppose to keep them with any other bottom dwellers (like loaches or catfish including cories). And if you are looking for it to work like the cories as a clean up crew, dont expect much, as they arent that effective for this purpose. Once settled in they swim the floor for food, and spend a lot of time retreated to their cave and such. I think they are nocternal if I am correct, and prefer to come out at night...not 100% on that fact though, as its been a while since I read up on them.

Good luck with him!!! Pictures would be awesome, as I have always thought Red Tailed Sharks to be very photogenic fish!!!
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Old 03-16-2011, 05:00 PM   #39
 
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Rams are a common centerpiece fish... Have you looked into them?
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Old 03-16-2011, 05:29 PM   #40
 
Las colinas- I have actually noticed he has set up a least one territory. ha I have the broken ruins type decor, and one of the big round Colosseum that is also the aerator, is where he likes to be. I'm assuming because of the current (the aerator and then the filter pours right above that and I read that they like currents). My batteries to my cam are charging as I type. And thanks for the luck. Oh! And because I already got the other fish, I don't plan to get the cories. Especially after reading up on the conflicts with this shark. I don't plan to add anything other than what is in there now. :)

redchigh, I think rams did come up somewhere, but I have already decided on my focal fish being the gourami. Thanks for the suggestion though and I will keep them in mind for a future tank! :)
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