Rainbow sharks in 10g community - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 3 Old 02-09-2010, 07:11 AM Thread Starter
New Member
 
Unhappy Rainbow sharks in 10g community

My 8 year old son Jack and I have just found this site and registered. He has a new 10 gallon fish tank but has been very worried why his two Rainbow sharks aren't eating. Both hide in or behind the caves all the time too! He will follow your advice and and we'll see what happens.

But now I am worried that these two fish were the wrong selection for a 10 gallon tank, and that the two together may create a future problem as well. We also have 2 Mollies, 2 Glow fish, 2 Glass fish, and 2 Swordtails. Perhaps we can return the sharks...? I'm sure this is the beginning of lots of new knowledge!
JackRice is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 3 Old 02-09-2010, 01:48 PM
Member
 
bettababy's Avatar
 
JackRice,

First I need to ask you to start your own thread so as not to hijack this one. 2nd, you have way too many fish for a 10 gallon tank. Of those on your list, the 2 mollies and 2 glow fish would make that tank full. I would strongly suggest returning all of the others asap. Once you have your own thread I will contribute further to your situation there. Feel free to pm me the direct link to your thread if you like to be sure I don't miss it.

Dawn Moneyhan
Aquatics Specialist/Nutritionist
Juneau, WI
bettababy is offline  
post #3 of 3 Old 02-10-2010, 06:19 AM
Member
 
iamntbatman's Avatar
 
Welcome to TFK!

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but that stocking list simply isn't going to work out in the long term.

As for the rainbow sharks: these are very territorial fish. When they're young and new in the tank, they may get along fine but as they get used to their surroundings and especially as they start to grow they'll quickly decide that they don't like one another and one fish will antagonize the other until it dies. These fish will also outgrow a 10g tank and need to be in something larger to thrive.

The mollies and swordtails also get quite large for a 10g tank and should probably be in something bigger. The GloFish would prefer more swimming room but more importantly, as they're a schooling fish, they need to be in large groups (6+) to thrive. The glass fish are also schoolers that prefer mildly brackish conditions and usually aren't healthy when kept in fresh water.

How attached is your son to the fish you have? There are a lot of really cool fish you can keep in a 10g tank, so I would recommend trying to return the fish that won't work in your tank and instead opt for something that can be kept healthy in the long term.

4 8 15 16 23 42
iamntbatman is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
rainbow community tankmates spoot Cyprinids and Atherinids 3 02-09-2010 11:12 AM
Do Rainbow Sharks nip fins? Hawkian Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 7 12-14-2009 07:48 PM
sharks as community fish Falina Cyprinids and Atherinids 20 07-21-2009 01:14 AM
Rainbow Sharks andulrich4all Freshwater and Tropical Fish 15 12-17-2008 04:01 AM
Rainbow sharks breeding??? Buntinboy9 Fish Breeding 3 09-02-2008 02:46 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome