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Old 01-08-2007, 03:43 AM   #121
 
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As for rummynose tetras, again you're talking about a "difficult" fish to keep. IF you can get them to settle in, they tend to thrive, but the hard part is getting them to settle in to begin with. Rummynose will be less tolerant of condition changes, much more prone to stress, and need extremely passive tank mates, such as the neons. I'm not sure I'd mix the rummynose with fiesty danios, as the stress of the chasing would be a bit much for them.
Agreed on this. I've tried rummies before and they seem a trouble to even transport. IMO, transporting them to your home proves very tricky. I struggled with three batches.
First-8 out of 10 died
Second-2 out of 13 died
Third-None died
The reason the mortality rate was decreasing is because I sorted it out to myself that the plastic bag should be laid horizontally to allow bigger surface area. This alone also confuses me at times.
The other solution come up by the lfs employee is taping all corners of the plastic bag to prevent the rummies from trapping themselves which could easily kill them.

As for compatibility with danios, it can be done as long as your tank is heavily-planted. Thickets of plants give them a sense of security thus reducing stress which could easily kill them.

Another thing is they often serve as indicators of your water quality. Anything wrong with your water quality and their bright red coloration on the pretty heads will fade.

Pls be careful when selecting tankmates for them. They are often victimized by tankmates into harassments. I struggled to keep them alive in my tank mostly because some of my fish like the blue rams love to hunt them down and even kill them. 'Tis a great disappointment for such beautiful rummies.
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Old 01-08-2007, 04:42 PM   #122
 
Bettababy, thank you so much for your input. I think right now it's really hard for me to decided on what to add, all the requirements for specifics fish, and their compatibility. It's a lot to take in for someone just beginning. No matter how much I learn, there is always 10 fold more.
I appreciate the suggestions, and once I get some time later tonight I will go through your recommendations and see what's what and how I want this tank.
I like corys also.
musho got me to thinking about ghost shrimp, and I think that would be interesting.
Now i'm not so sure about the gouramis, but that's good you spent the time with that reply. Very useful, knowledgeable info that I need to understand.

I'm sure I will have more questions as time goes on and I learn more about certain types of fish, and the whole nine!

I was just throwing out the idea of all those fish bc they seemed interesting, but I didn't know the most important of things it seemed.
Thanks again, I'll check back to this thread later tonight!
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Old 01-08-2007, 04:52 PM   #123
 
a good cory for a begginer is a sterbai (i think thats how you spell) cory. These things are almost as hardy as danios and they help clean your bottom of your tank. But as always, dont treat them as scavengers, make sure you feed them food designed for them
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Old 01-08-2007, 04:58 PM   #124
 
I looked into the sterbai(sp) cory and thought it would be good. It's definately been something that I've been eying up.

What about dwarf neon rainbowfish? I'm not too familiar with the rainbowfish category, so I'll have to see what I can find out about them. Again, just throwing out ideas.
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Old 01-08-2007, 05:05 PM   #125
 
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What about dwarf neon rainbowfish? I'm not too familiar with the rainbowfish category, so I'll have to see what I can find out about them. Again, just throwing out ideas.
Great fish.:) I had them before and they keep spawning every night. Whatever information was provided regarding their way of reproducing too much is so true.
They are also very easy to keep and easy to distinguish the sexes. Males have red fins while females have yellow or orange fins.
Pls don't feed them large chunks of food. Their mouths may appear big but their throats are quite narrow.

The other suggestion is threadfin rainbows(Iriatherina werneri). Make sure their tankmates are not fin nippers.
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Old 01-08-2007, 05:14 PM   #126
 
Oh cool!
I was just looking at a site on the platies, and came across the dwarf neon rainbowfish at some point.
Back to the platies. The variations I saw that struck me as most appealing are: red coral and gold twinbar. I still have not read much about them yet, but I'm getting there.

So dwarf rainbow fish I should keep in mind also...
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Old 01-08-2007, 05:41 PM   #127
 
After a small amount of research (so far) I am starting to modify bettababy's list of suggestions.

In going with compatibility with neons and danios, I'm interested in:

red coral platy
gold twinbar platy
scarlet badis
green fire tetras
cory catfish
ghost shrimp

I want a pit bull pleco also, but don't know if I can put them with a cory or 2? How would that work if I wanted both?

Otocinclus... I have no idea what they are. I guess my real problem is telling the differences between them, pleco and cory. It's this mass confusion area for me But I really LOVE bottom dwellers and definately want some, but not really sure about which to choose and which are the best for my situation etc.
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Old 01-08-2007, 07:06 PM   #128
 
there are many different types of plecos, some are aggressive and will attack other fish, some are calm and sit quitely at your gravel bed. They vary in many sizes. If you want to get a pleco you will need a lot of research.

On the other hand a cory would be great, pretty much all cories are calm and leave other fish alone. There is not as much research needed for cories
This is what i recommend you as a begginer

Another very nice bottom dweller is... The loach. These are very calm fish like there close relative, the cory, but they do have some which get very big, like the clown loach. But if you look into loaches you might find one you like
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Old 01-08-2007, 07:18 PM   #129
 
I looked into loaches, and they didn't strike me as something I felt I needed to have. All I mean by that is they didn't catch my attention as much as some other stuff. The one loach that I took a slight interest in was the kuhlii. Can you have them with cory and pleco though?
As far as plecos, the only ones I've really considered(and that are very small) would be the pit bull and bull dog varieties.
And I do know that bottom dwellers also need pellet type food in addition to scavenging:) I have some pellets that I bought in the beginning, as I knew, without doubt, I would want some:)
I came across some other fish while looking into things(as usual).

Does anyone have an x-ray pristella or know much about them? What about chili rasbora (boraras brigitae)?
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Old 01-08-2007, 09:39 PM   #130
 
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Otocinclus... I have no idea what they are. I guess my real problem is telling the differences between them, pleco and cory. It's this mass confusion area for me But I really LOVE bottom dwellers and definately want some, but not really sure about which to choose and which are the best for my situation etc.
Otos look far different from plecs, of course. Plecs and otos are both considered to be in the same family, Loricariidae.
They stay small as cories do.
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