04-23-2009, 09:05 AM
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Originally Posted by iamntbatman
A little off topic, but I'm pretty sure the fish in Blaxican's profile are spotted gar. Cool fish for sure.
I've read the "number rule" in many different places, but the thing is, just as many sources tend to tell you that you must keep even numbers of fish as those that say odd numbers are mandatory. I'm inclined to believe that it's all just superstition.
I've wondered what type of fish those were since I first spotted them as Blax's avatar. I'm not sure why I waited for someone else to ask and answer??
Just to add something else to the mix as far as the odd/even factor. Pictus catfish, as an example, will fight over territory when kept as a pair. As adults they can become very grumpy. Keeping one pictus will assure no bickering over real estate. When kept as a trio (or more) you'll avoid having a bully who is constantly harrassing a particular individual; the aggression will be spread out. This is the type of situation where I would say numbers count, odd vs even. (This advice was given to me by an experienced fishkeeper) when I was first setting up my tank and I'm glad he did!) Of course, we are talking about schooling fish, and not catfish. I just couldn't resist pointing out that odd/even counts when we are discussing one versus three or two.
Last edited by aunt kymmie; 04-23-2009 at 09:11 AM..