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post #1 of 5 Old 04-02-2011, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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Types of Rainbows kept together??


If I have 5 neon dwarf rainbows, could I get one Boseman's Rainbow and will it school/feel comfortable with them, because they are the same species?

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post #2 of 5 Old 04-03-2011, 09:32 AM
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Hi GwenInNM, I have 3 Dwarf Neon RBF (only cause that is all they had, I know I need more once I can find some) and 3 Lake Kututbu Blue RBF. they don't shoal together but also are not aggressive to each other. I'm not sure about the Boseman's tho and would love to hear more too. Should the Boseman's be in groups too? I think the LK RBF are supposed to be in larger groups like 7-8, but it takes time to build up the numbers, they are not cheap where I live.
How big is the tank? and who else is in there?

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Hi GwenInNM, I have 3 Dwarf Neon RBF (only cause that is all they had, I know I need more once I can find some) and 3 Lake Kututbu Blue RBF. they don't shoal together but also are not aggressive to each other. I'm not sure about the Boseman's tho and would love to hear more too. Should the Boseman's be in groups too? I think the LK RBF are supposed to be in larger groups like 7-8, but it takes time to build up the numbers, they are not cheap where I live.
How big is the tank? and who else is in there?
Well I'm feeling guilty eve thinking about buying a Bos Rainbow, because most (but not all) information does call for a large tank (over 48"). I just saw baby Bosemans' at Petco for $7.99 each which is a good price, and I tell myself I can give them a better home than where they will probably end up from Petco, who had no information about them, and will likely sell them to someone who has a 10 gal.

My tank is 43 gal, and is 36" long and 14 deep, but it's really well planted. I was thinking of just getting one, and hoping he'd just think he's a dwarf rainbow and hang with my 5 dwarfs and never know the difference They actually look a lot like dwarfs right now but I can see the small difference when you look closely. So, is it silly to think if I got a baby and raised him with the dwarfs he'd never know and be happy?

I'm so not sure what to do, but I don't think they'll be there long at that price - but than again, lots of people over look them when they are young, because they aren't so colorful

I have 5 danios in the tank too, and 2 ghost shrimp -

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Jackie, yes they do say the Bosemans should be kept in groups of 5-6 or more. Apparently 2 males for some number of females, to give the females a rest from being persued by the male, when the males are busy changing each other. I do think if males want to start chasing each other, than my tank would be too small, that is why I'd rather just get one, and avoid all of that, and have the one hang with my dwarfs, but I don't know if that would happen. Ugh. Decisions, decisions!

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Here is a page I found on Boesman.... It says about half way down in this article that they like well planted tanks and can be a community fish... I think your tank is big enough and your Danio's can handle it, they are quick.
Boeseman's Rainbowfish - Melanotaenia boesemani

and a Rainbowfish site called
www.rainbowfish.info which is a rainbowfish forum with lots of info too.

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