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post #11 of 16 Old 06-14-2013, 06:02 PM
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I personally think you could do both
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post #12 of 16 Old 06-14-2013, 07:41 PM
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Wow, they do have a stunning coloration. How many would you recommend getting to avoid the nipping issue? I'd like to avoid that type of behavior right off the bat, as I have no idea how to stop fish from harassing one another aside from increasing shoal size to relieve stress or removing them altogether
I would get 8 Black Ruby. I acquired 8 (4 male/4 female) and they have worked very well. They are in with my 10 Congo Tetra, and in 2 years there has never been a hint of fin nipping. The BR is a nice barb. They should be fine with your rainbows.

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Alrighty, I think I'll go with the Black Ruby Barbs then. Thanks a lot for the input, it was very helpful!
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post #14 of 16 Old 06-15-2013, 07:31 PM Thread Starter
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Just out of curiosity, does anyone happen to know if AqAdvisor is an accurate site? It claims I would be overstocked at 126% of 55g capacity.

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Aqadvisor is just an estimate.
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Aqadvisor is just an estimate.
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Good to know, thank you for the quick response!
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