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Need advice on my 55 gallon
Old 03-31-2009, 11:48 AM   #21
 
I was kind of wondering about that myself. It will be a very experimental tank at first. If something doesn't work like planned i am more than willing to move the affected fish to new homes.
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Old 04-07-2009, 01:55 AM   #22
 
Since the Ctenopoma acutirostre gets up to six inches, will the barbs and cories be too big to eat or will they end up as snacks? I've never seen a full grown Ctenopoma acutirostre so i'm not sure as to how large their mouth gets. The barbs unless they are just completely caught off guard should be quick enough to get away. The cories on the other hand, if they are small enough to fit in the Ctenopoma acutirostre's mouth i'm afraid they would be too slow and get picked off. At the same time i'm hoping two or 2-1/2 inch fish are too big for the Ctenopoma acutirostre
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Old 05-08-2009, 12:57 PM   #23
 
bringing this back: I may be upgrading to atleast a 75 if not a 125 or 150 soon. Will regular tiger barbs and albinos shoal together? I've heard conflicting stories. Some say they will, others say they refuse. Anyone have personal experience?

Any other fish you can think of that would do well in the tank? everything i can think of is either small enough to be lunch, big enough they'll eat others, or so peaceful the barbs would stress them out.
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Old 05-21-2009, 12:22 AM   #24
 
anyone?
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Old 05-26-2009, 10:46 PM   #25
 
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Sorry I didn't see this thread earlier!

Unfortunately, I can't see this mix of fish working out. Even though your leaf fish will only grow to about 6", they are highly predatory and have extremely large mouths. I would bet on them eating both the barbs and the cories. You might be able to keep them together if you keep the leaf fish fed without the use of any sort of feeder fish, which will discourage them from trying to eat their tankmates. Also, leaf fish tend not to like really active tankmates (like tiger barbs) so even if the barbs don't get eaten, they may really annoy your leaf fish.

I'm not trying to discourage you too much, but since I've heard of ctenopoma acutirostre eating full-grown swordtails, I definitely wouldn't put corydoras and tiger barb predation past them.
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Old 05-27-2009, 01:24 AM   #26
 
Thank you very much for your post and concern. I am going to try it out and see how it goes. I will start out growing out the barbs and cories to full size. I will then add the ctenopoma acutirostre and let them settle in. Lastly will be the RTBS to encourage him to find his own place and settle in. If it does not work i will seperate them accordingly. I just think the tank would be awesome and want to at least try it. If all else fails i will move the problem fish and report back so others know better. IIRC, there was another member housing a ctenopoma acutirostre with cories with no problem.

If i were to upgrade to a 6ft long tank i wouldnt happen to get away with adding two RTBS if i were to have two caves on opposite ends of the tank? I'm pretty sure i know the answer but i had to ask.
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Old 05-27-2009, 03:12 AM   #27
 
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Six feet is pretty big. I'd say if you had a nice wall in the middle of the tank (a stack of rocks, a good chunk of driftwood or even a bunch of sturdy plants placed as a wall) and plenty of hiding spaces on either side you could definitely keep two sharks.

An additional worry with mixing bigger, predatory fish with cories is that cories are hard little suckers to swallow. I've read reports of things like larger cichlids trying to eat them, getting the cories stuck in their throats, and subsequently having both fish die as a result. I'm not trying to discourage you from building a community around the leaf fish, but instead encouraging you to try tankmates that are too large to be eaten. Larger barbs such as arulius or even large rosy barbs would be a good choice. You could also replace the cories with something like upside-down catfish.
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Old 05-27-2009, 12:57 PM   #28
 
http://www.fishforum.com/freshwater-...-shrimp-23072/

I have been following that thread and talking to a few other members. The original poster has a 5 inch (last i talked to them) ctenopoma acutirostre housed with two different types of cories and hasn't had any problems and suggests that they are fine to be housed together. Another member says that they will live peacefully with tiger barbs. I cannot comment on how big their ctenopoma acutirostre is, I am still trying to find that out as it could make a huge difference. I would really like to make this work as i think it would make a beautiful tank. I appreciate your concern and really like hearing everyones personal opinion. I like to be able to compare ideas and find the best possible outcome. I want to at least try it out. I will wait to hear the answer about the ctenopoma acutirostre and barb combination in the thread above. If the ctenopoma acutirostre is grown or almost fully grown and is housed with barbs and no problems i will give it a try. I am planning on adding the ctenopoma acutirostre second to last, only before the RTBS. He will be small enough compaired to the full grown barbs and cories that they should be safe for a while. I will keep a close eye on them and if i see the slightest problems start to arise as they grow i will seperate them immediately. I have enough tanks i can keep them away from each other if/when the time arises. Do you have any other concerns that would be benificial? Any heads up on what to watch for in advance is a bonus.

On the RTBS, the way i have it planned out i can easily have a divider area in the tank. If this is the case (anyone else agree you could keep two RTBS in one 6ft tank?) i will start out with two small RTBS added last and see if they can be housed peacefully. Again, if problems arise i will move them.

Thanks.
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Old 05-27-2009, 02:00 PM   #29
 
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The only other concern I'd have, if you managed to introduce them so that the leaf fish never sees his tankmates as food items, is that the ever-annoying tiger barbs could bother the leaf fish. Just be sure you have a large enough group of the barbs so that they keep their aggression among themselves. Not a major concern since your leaf fish doesn't exactly have the type of long, flowing fins that are irresistible nipping targets for tiger barbs, but just a basic "rule" when keeping tiger barbs with...well, anything else.
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