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Old 08-09-2008, 09:35 PM   #11
 
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Great idea. I love harlequin rasboras. One thing I've noticed about this fish is that, in certain fish store tanks, they look pretty...boring. However, with decent lighting and lots of plants, these fish really look great. They school more tightly than most tetras, too.
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Old 08-09-2008, 10:43 PM   #12
 
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sounds good thanks for the ideas.
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Old 08-11-2008, 10:35 PM   #13
 
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1. harlequin rasboras look pretty good. are they fairly hardy fish?

2. Also how many would make a decent schoal?

3. i am also considering my stocking, end of october i am going to get another 12 c. pygmaeus, are not available right now. not sure if i have enough room for a schoal of rasboras. I am currently have:

10 platy
2 oto
10-11 c. pygmaeus
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Old 08-11-2008, 10:48 PM   #14
 
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As long as you can keep your platy fry population under control, I think you could add more pygmy cories as well as a small school of the rasboras. Get at least six of them. In a 55, I think you could have maybe a dozen of them without being overstocked. Keep in mind that the pygmy cories as well as the rasboras are both pretty small fish and don't contribute much to your bioload. The platies probably add more per fish than the rasboras or cories.

What kind of filtration have you got? That could make a significant difference in how heavily you can stock the tank.
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Old 08-11-2008, 11:53 PM   #15
 
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duh. i totally meant to include my filtration equipment.
2xmarineland emperor 280s -280x2=560gph (2 media cartridges each and bio-wheel)
also have a mag drive 500 gph fflowing thru a chiller, no filtration but it does help circulate water.

how does that sound?

what im thinking:
current:
10 platy
10-11 c. pygmaeus
2 oto
Future:
12 c. habrosus
10? rasboras

I think this would be the max stocking i would want. the platys will go after their young pretty aggresively from my experience. even with my planted i dont see population control being a problem.
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