Taken from the above information I would expect that the compatability recomendations in the profiles on this forum are not to be taken as correct as the person or persons that submited the profiles have no way of getting in to the mind of the fish. However, since we need some parameter to gauge the acceptability keeping different species in the same aquarium we will have to accept the recommendations of those that have observed the interaction of the various species in captive situations such as we intend or simply forge ahead blindly and see what happens.
While I find the thread to be quite informative and thought provoking in presenting different ways of looking at the origanal inquiry, we have thrown a monkey wrench into the entire compatibility issue. |
For as long as I can recall compatibility was judged on the probability of keeping fish of multiple species or single species in an aquarium in seeming harmony. Sort of like keeping a group of kids together without them tearing each others hair out. Most all books from Exotic Aquarium Fishes onward include a short snopysis of compatibility of each species. They are based on observed behavior. However having said that I again apologize for voicing my thoughts with out thinking.
This is a forum intended for exchange of ideas and we never stop learning, and there is frequently more than one answer. So any criticism or opposite view is welcomed.
Since I wrote many of the freshwater profiles, I am able to explain the source of the information. I do not make it up. I use evidence of qualified ichthyologists who have
managed--as much as one can--to get inside the fish's mind, so to speak, through scientific research and discovery. The information in the profiles about water parameters, compatibility and behaviour are the results of thorough scientific investigation, and represent the vast majority of acknowledged expertise; where there is a difference from a reliable and reputable source, I include it. I know of no better parameter to achieve success.
Science continually challenges itself, and as new techniques and new understanding occur, some of the previously-held opinion is bound to change. It is only in the last 20 years that scientific research has expanded in the study of the fishes maintained in home aquaria, probably faster than ever before. One has only to read through many of the profiles on the cyprinids for example to see the significant changes in scientific names of these fish, due to new understanding about their evolution. This tells us a great deal about each species, and much of this manifests itself in how we should care for the fish. If our goal is to maintain our fishes as healthily as possible, we cannot ignore these findings.