Contemplating stocking on a 125g tank, and have a couple of questions about these beauties that I'm hoping those of you who keep them can help clarify for me. . .
I know several members keep them in well planted tanks, wondering if anyone has noticed any damage caused by these fish to plants such as suction tears or nibbles, and to what extent the damage is, if any.
Second, I've seen mixed information regarding their preferred amount of water flow? I generally see them kept in tanks with little water movement, but have read in a couple of places that they prefer more?
These fish are always noted as peaceful, but territorial when mating - looking for observations as to how aggressive they can be, and if it would be mostly directed toward their own kind, or if other small bottom-dwelling fish in the community could be put at risk (rams,loaches, otos). Along these lines, would I be able to keep a group of them in a 125g tank, (thinking 6, maybe?)
Substrate. . . I currently have Tahitian Moon sand, which I may use in the larger tank, also. I've read that these fish sometimes like to burrow, and TMS is a bit more abrasive than many common aquarium sands. I've have two species of Pangio (Kuhli) Loach over this substrate, some for over a year, and they have had no problems with damage to their underbellies or barbels from this sand, though I have never seen them burrow into the sandbed. My assumption is that the whips would be comfortable on this substrate as well, but wanting to double-check. . .
I think that's it for now, though I still have much more research to do (and quite a way to go before the tank gets set up). Thanks in advance for any information you can share on your own experience with these gorgeous fish!