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post #21 of 28 Old 06-06-2013, 11:15 AM
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They aren't nipping each others fins, they just chase each other and the Bosemani does the mating dance to my turquoise. I can get a few more rainbows in a few weeks, but they aren't killing each other so I think they will be fine till then.
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post #22 of 28 Old 06-06-2013, 11:20 AM
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The only ones in my slowly growing rainbow population that I have seen any sort of aggression from would be my "Ornate Rainbows" (scientific tag was Melanotaenia splendida ) - the male is a downright jerk, for lack of better words, towards the Turquoise and Bosemani rainbows. He's definitely the bully of the tank so far.
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post #23 of 28 Old 06-06-2013, 11:28 AM
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My bosemani is a bully, he doesn't bully anything bigger than himself though. I guess rainbowfish are smart because I have a five inch goldfish and the rainbow doesn't mess with him.
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post #24 of 28 Old 06-06-2013, 11:34 AM
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My bosemani is a bully, he doesn't bully anything bigger than himself though. I guess rainbowfish are smart because I have a five inch goldfish and the rainbow doesn't mess with him.
Interesting mix there - what type of goldfish is it that you have in your rainbow tank?
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post #25 of 28 Old 06-06-2013, 12:17 PM
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I have three comet goldfish(2, 3" fish 1, 5" fish), 3 Rainbows(1-2" each, Australian, Turqouise, and Bosemani), 4 minnows(Which I am getting rid of soon so I can get more rainbows), and a 4 1/2" Plecostamus.
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post #26 of 28 Old 06-06-2013, 12:39 PM
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We have a couple of PetSmarts around us that I will get livestock from (and some that I won't - but hte same is true of smaller LFS too) - the prices on some of the fish are just too good to pass up IF the quality is there. I recently picked up Denisonii for $5.50 a piece - they run $19.99 a piece at every other store I have found them in. (granted, this was a sale price, but their regular daily price is still less than that). Their rainbow prices tend to be about half that of most other sources, but the catch is you have to catch them on a day when they have quality stock...which can be doubly hard to determine given the washed out nature of rainbows in most retail tank settings (LFS or big box).
The Denison barbs at petsmart are farmed fish - they are relatively new to the market. Before them, they were wild caught which is why they called $20-$25 a piece. I'm sure there are at least some fin stores that are selling farmed fish at wild prices....


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125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
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post #27 of 28 Old 06-06-2013, 02:02 PM
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The Denison barbs at petsmart are farmed fish - they are relatively new to the market. Before them, they were wild caught which is why they called $20-$25 a piece. I'm sure there are at least some fin stores that are selling farmed fish at wild prices....


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Interesting - I had always been told they were non-farmable (so not a word). I, personally, am more a fan of sustainable captive production over wild harvested fish. These little guys seem every bit as quality (as far as color, vitalitity, etc) as those I have seen elsewhere so far (knock on wood).
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They are endangered in the wild. Yeah, it's only been in the last couple years that farmed fish have hit the market.


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125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
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