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post #41 of 48 Old 03-16-2011, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
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Here are the pics. :)
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post #42 of 48 Old 03-16-2011, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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Oh, and I def will be adding more plants and some drift wood ornaments.
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post #43 of 48 Old 03-16-2011, 06:24 PM
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I don't see other substrate fish in the photo, so for the moment the Red Tailed Shark may be "OK" but just remember, no other bottom fish with this fellow in the tank. He will drive fish like corys to distraction, causing severe stress and poor health. Just his being there will do this.

The tank is small for the fish, even though he is "smallish" now he will grow, and in a small space (to him) this can cause even more aggression. This fish has been known to suddenly take a dislike to upper fish too, brought on by unsuitable environment.

RTS is a beautiful fish, no argument there; but as it notes in our profile, this is not a good fish for a community tank (unless as LasColinas pointed out, a very large tank) or for new aquarists. The possible (more likely probable) trouble soon to come is not worth it.

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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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post #44 of 48 Old 03-16-2011, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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Byron, as long as this guy is in there, there will be no other bottom dwelling fish or any of the sort. Also, I did read the profile and I plan on buying a larger tank when it becomes necessary (so probably very soon). I have heard many mixed accounts about the community fish thing, most do say that when it gets older it will not be suitable so thats what I'm going with. I will keep everyone updated as I venture on. :)

I'm glad we have places like this to come to for advice and help.
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post #45 of 48 Old 03-16-2011, 06:45 PM
That is a very pretty RTS!!! And your gourami have great colors!!!

Also, your tank decor looks great, and I love the B&W gravel!!! Glad you said you were going to put more plants, as that is something of great addition for the gourami!!!

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Tank 1: (29 gal planted) empty
Tank 2: (15 gal) empty
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post #46 of 48 Old 03-16-2011, 06:58 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you LasColinas! :D

I too love the B&W gravel. Think it gives a lot of character. When I brought the RTS in it was actually very pale, I was concerned that it was sick until I realized that it was the stress from the 30 minute drive home and being in that little bag. After I put him in the tank it was almost instant that he went from grey to his natural colors.
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post #47 of 48 Old 03-18-2011, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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Well, one of the gouramis died last night.

It is the one that in the above picture you see at the bottom of the tank. I thought something was up with him because he was not NEARLY as active as the other is, the other actually swam around FOREVER last night. ha darting about and such. I'm guessing the move was just to stressful on that poor guy.
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post #48 of 48 Old 03-18-2011, 03:33 PM
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Well, one of the gouramis died last night.

It is the one that in the above picture you see at the bottom of the tank. I thought something was up with him because he was not NEARLY as active as the other is, the other actually swam around FOREVER last night. ha darting about and such. I'm guessing the move was just to stressful on that poor guy.
Sorry to hear about your gourami. I had heard they could be rather delicate.

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Tank 1: (29 gal planted) empty
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