Originally Posted by GwenInNM
I really would like to have a couple/few Boseman Rainbows to add to my 5 Neon Dwarf Rainbows, when I get my 43 gal cycled. My tank is 36" long and 17" high and 16" deep.
Is that too small to keep this species of Rainbows? Has anyone had experience with this. Perhaps if I only had one male and a couple females?
Thanks for help. I'm trying to decide what to add to my tank. Though I do want a few bottom feeders also.
I hate to bring bad news, as I know what a beautiful and desirable fish a Boeseman Rainbowfish can be. But I dont think that tank size will work for them. They should ideally be kept in a group of 6 or more, and minimum tank length is suggested to be 48". They need this length because they are VERY active swimmers. And males get to 4"+ and females get 3"+.
Now, I dont know if the Boeseman and the Dwarf Neons would school together or not, thus making it more acceptable to have less Boeseman...we would have to get a more experianced opinions to give us their thoughts on if that is a good option or not, or someone who has had both in the same tank and witnessed them schooling together. (And it would be great to find out what their had the water parameters at for pH, temp, and hardness.)
As far as the boeseman rainbowfish being housed with Dwarf Neon Rainbowfish I assume it would be fine for the most part if you found a medium between their water needs...here is how it breaks down according to the profiles on TFK...
Boeseman: med hard to hard water... Basic 7-9 pH... Temp 80-86F
Dwarf Neon: soft to med hard water... Wild Caught: 6-7 pH, Tank Raised: 6.5-7.5 pH... Temp 74-77F
So if the water is med hard, pH of 7, and temp kept around 78-79F I would think housing them together is okay if they can both have slightly altered temps. But the tank size would become an issue in my opinion.