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post #11 of 22 Old 08-30-2007, 06:19 PM
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Does anyone have any experience of X Ray Tetras? Found myself liking them.
Yes. They're quite hardy enough for me.

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post #12 of 22 Old 08-31-2007, 08:15 AM Thread Starter
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I was going to suggest some corys as bottom dwellers, as it would be nice to fill the space. However, if your gravel is sharp it could damage their barbels and lead to infection. Do you have any pics of the gravel you could post?
Its that brightly coloured stuff you get in most pet stores (green,grey and white)
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post #13 of 22 Old 08-31-2007, 03:17 PM
Barry:

Let me digress momentarily for your and hopefully other folks benefit.

A uniformly graded aggregate is one in which virtually all ot the stones are approximately the same size.

A well graded aggregate is one in which the stones vary in size and the stones "are graded" such that their sizes "mesh together" to form a semi-dense amalgamation.

Although I have never employed "the brightly colored stuff you get in most pet stores (green,grey and white)" I did "check it out" for my aquarium.

Most of the aggregates that I remember observing was uniformly graded and sub-rounded (ie. did not have sharp edges).

You can determine this from feeling of the material.
If it has sharp edges and corners then it is an angular material which Lupin was referencing as not being desirable.

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post #14 of 22 Old 09-01-2007, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
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I dont believe it is very sharp.


Im getting a couple more serpae tetras as recommended.

Got some platies the other day which are nice n colourful and have settled in well.
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post #15 of 22 Old 09-01-2007, 04:06 PM Thread Starter
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Oh and i think i got it wrong in my first post, i dont actually have a clown barb it is in fact a Puntius fasciatus (Melon Barb)
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post #16 of 22 Old 09-04-2007, 10:38 AM Thread Starter
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Got a couple more serpae tetras so they are all happy now.

One thing i have noticed though is that on of my platies is hiding away in one of the top corner and only comes out now n again. He isnt being attacked or anything but will just swim around the outside of the tank at the top when he does come out of his corner.
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post #17 of 22 Old 09-09-2007, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
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Its rediculously hard to find loaches around here.
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Its rediculously hard to find loaches around here.
Where are you located, Barry?

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post #19 of 22 Old 09-10-2007, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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I live in Oxford Lupin, i have tried a couple of local stores but with no luck. I have been given the heads up on another one that i havent tried before so might pop in some time.

Although almost everywhere i look it says that keeping neon tetras with the fish i already keep, do you think there is a chance it would be ok? I do know of someone who keeps them in with bigger fish and they get on fine. Some of the larger neon tetras cant be much smaller than danios surely?
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Barry althoguh I'm a "helluva" further north than you, we are still both UK, I find that Hillstream loaches are hard to come by also. However, whenever I have seen them they have been labelled as "butterfly plecs" so just keep your eyes open for that as well.
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