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post #11 of 15 Old 07-13-2012, 03:15 PM
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Red Fin Loach?
If you mean the Red Tailed Shark, possibly, a single fish. These do not usually get along with other substrate fish, and can take a dislike to upper fish too. And one fish for the substrate in this large a tank is limiting your options a lot. One of the more peaceful true loach species would be better, some of them are not too rough though they can be active; they need a group but there is space.

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post #12 of 15 Old 07-13-2012, 03:34 PM
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I don't have my book on me but there is a loach that has the looks of a rainbow shark but gets about 6 in. I believe.
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I don't have my book on me but there is a loach that has the looks of a rainbow shark but gets about 6 in. I believe.
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Perhaps you mean this fish (photo below), Yasuhikotakia modesta which is sometimes commonly called the Blue Botia, Redtail Botia, or Red-Finned Loach, according to Loaches Online. It can attain 10 inches, though LO says 7 inches is more usual in aquaria. It needs a group, and thus lots of space. And it has quite a vigorous interaction within the group; LO suggests it not be kept with sedate fish but only with larger fast-moving, free-swimming fish like some of the larger barbs.
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Perhaps you mean this fish (photo below), Yasuhikotakia modesta which is sometimes commonly called the Blue Botia, Redtail Botia, or Red-Finned Loach, according to Loaches Online. It can attain 10 inches, though LO says 7 inches is more usual in aquaria. It needs a group, and thus lots of space. And it has quite a vigorous interaction within the group; LO suggests it not be kept with sedate fish but only with larger fast-moving, free-swimming fish like some of the larger barbs.
That's him, saw a couple at the LFS yesterday, made me think about them
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That's him, saw a couple at the LFS yesterday, made me think about them
I just noted that this species is in our profiles, so have a read of that. Click the shaded name in the last post.

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