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125 gallon Tetra stocking help
Old 09-16-2012, 11:24 AM   #11
 
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Also Byron, what kind of centerpiece fish would I be able to keep with a tank full of Tetra if I decide to not go with the Gourami? Looked at Angelfish and they're a no-no
How about Bolivian Rams. They are peaceful enough, stays around 3 inches and so will not grow bigger to eat up your neons and water parameters are similar as of neons. They are beautiful fishes
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Old 09-16-2012, 11:46 AM   #12
 
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Also Byron, what kind of centerpiece fish would I be able to keep with a tank full of Tetra if I decide to not go with the Gourami? Looked at Angelfish and they're a no-no
First, gourami and angelfish are fine--with suitable tankmates. Among the tetra there are varying behaviours. It is simply a matter of selecting the right species. And this can work both ways: one has to guard against tetra that are more likely to nip the fins of sedate fish, and also be aware that linear tetra are more likley to be stalked by gourami (the larger species) and angelfish.

This is really going to be applicable with any "centrepiece" fish, if by this term one is thinking of somewhat larger fish which will almost always be sedate. For example, any South or Central American cichlid falls into this category, as do the anabantids.

But "centrepiece" can also mean some of the larger shoaling fish from the characins, atherinids (rainbowfish), peaceful barbs, etc. But here too one just has to select the smaller shoaling fish (tetra) carefully. Activity level is a very important criteria. I also consider water currents (not all fish are equal here, and this can be very stressful) as well as the more obvious temperature and other parameters.

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Old 09-16-2012, 11:49 AM   #13
 
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I have Rainbowfish as the centrepiece in one of my tanks and they're gorgeous. Also VERY active, and responsive. They follow me when I walk by the tank and come front and centre when it is feeding time. Beautiful colors as they mature. My favorites are the red Irian and Bosemani.
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:39 AM   #14
 
I checked out some images of adult Rainbowfish and while they look great, I read they can get to 6-7 inches and when you need a school of 10 or so that really limits the rest of my stock :(
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:11 AM   #15
 
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I checked out some images of adult Rainbowfish and while they look great, I read they can get to 6-7 inches and when you need a school of 10 or so that really limits the rest of my stock :(
I would double check that with Byron. This is from his profile of Bosemani Rainbowfish:

Size

Males can attain 4.3 inches, females 3.2 inches.Minimum Tank Suggestion

48 inches in length.

Read more: Boeseman Rainbowfish (Melanotaenia boesemani) Profile

I think 4 inches is typical. Should be plenty of room for them in your big tank, plus a number of tetras as well.

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Old 09-17-2012, 11:15 AM   #16
 
If thats the kind they generally sell at stores, I looked it up and there are.. many types of angelfish :/
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:50 AM   #17
 
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If thats the kind they generally sell at stores, I looked it up and there are.. many types of angelfish :/
Angelfish? Or Rainbowfish?

Some of the most popular Rainbowfish are Red Irian, Lake Kubutu, Turquoise, and Bosemani. I believe they all max out at around 4 inches, smaller for females.

Angelfish are totally different.

There are species of Rainbowfish that grow larger, but the ones I have mentioned above are the ones typically found in my area, and I believe they are all of the 4" max variety. The Bosemani's and Reds are stunning when they mature, and as mentioned in Byron's profile, max out at just over 4 inches, with the females even smaller.

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Old 09-17-2012, 12:01 PM   #18
 
I cant use Angelfish unless I get rid of my Neons, its their food :( Might stick to Rainbowfish
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Old 09-17-2012, 12:09 PM   #19
 
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I cant use Angelfish unless I get rid of my Neons, its their food :( Might stick to Rainbowfish
Yeah, I don't have any angelfish in any of my tanks because of that reason. My wife loves the look of them but they're not compatible with everything.

My Rainbows get along with everyone in their tank. The zebra loaches in the tank swim along with them. I keep 3 different kinds of Rainbows and they all school together.

The juveniles in the store often look very pale in color, but as soon as you get them home in a decent sized tank and start feeding them, the colors start coming out right away, and as they mature they just get more vibrant.
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Old 09-17-2012, 12:12 PM   #20
 
Ya I saw some pictures of adults and they look beautiful. Also... for a fellow Canadian way to mix up the colour with color
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