Originally Posted by Pasfur
The Arulius Barbs and Rainbow Shark are a nice start to an Asian exhibit. I would research the origin of the catfish species and set one of the tanks up as an Asian biotope. A nice school of Golden Barbs would compliment the Arulius Barbs nicely, and take up space in the lower parts of the water column. Don't be fooled by the dull color at the LFS... Golden Barbs are beautiful fish when they settle in.
That's a thought. However, it would mean I'd have to have three tanks! These fish come from three general areas: ASIA
Arulius Barb (Puntius arulius) - India
Asian Bumblebee Catfish (Pseudomystus siamensis) - Southeast Asia
Rainbow Shark (Epalzeorhynchos frenatum) - Southeast Asia SOUTH AMERICA
Banjo Catfish (Bunocephalus coracoideus) - South America
Leopard Pleco (Glyptoperichthys gibbiceps) - South America
Striped Raphael (Platydoras costatus) - South America AFRICA
Upside-down Catfish (Synodontis nigriventris) - Africa
Albino Clawed Frog (Xenopus laevis) - Africa
Featherfin Synodontis Catfish (Synodontis eupterus) - Africa
On second thought, if I set up one tank as an Asian biotope (where I could also put in a rainbow snakehead, Channa bleheri, that I just found out was available from a supplier in Manila), put the frog in its own smaller tank, and leave the rest in a second tank... Hmmmm.....
Thanks for the suggestion. Now, I've got to devise a plan to catch the Asian bumblebee catfish... It has been hiding ever since I put it in the tank.