12-26-2010, 05:25 PM
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Hi, Romad-- thank you for your advice. I suppose I could add a few more-- my tank is close to its capacity now, but I'm getting a bigger one as soon as I can afford it.
I thought that with schooling fish, odd numbers are better-- is that true, or is just having more of them better-- despite even or odd numbers? I haven't been following that rule either, though-- odd numbers, I mean... so I would be happy to learn odds or evens don't matter. ; ) It's kind of ridiculous how difficult it was for me to keep them to an odd number-- I did try for a while, especially when I was a novice fish keeper, but I would always lose 1-- 1, never 2. The first schooling fish I kept were danios, and it felt strange to go to the fish store to buy 1 danio-- so I would come home with 3 or 5. Without fail, I would lose 1 within the month, bringing the school back to an even number. I did have 7 Rosy Barbs originally-- the other 3 were lost in a tragic back-siphoning incident. When I added the 3 cherry barbs, it was in the back of my mind that surely I would lose 1-- but instead, about 4 months later, 1 was born. That was a complete surprise to me, as I wasn't trying to breed them. He was the first fish born in my tank, and I honestly don't know how he managed to survive past being a fry without being eaten. He was so small the first time I saw him, and now he's almost as big as the other cherry barbs.
Thank you for welcoming me to this forum-- I'm glad to be here. I have another question, actually-- at the fish store I frequent, I was told the standard rule of fish inches:aquarium size is just a rule of thumb, and not always applicable. The employee I was speaking with-- it's a small, locally owned business, so she knows my fish-- told me that because my tank is a 29-tall, inhabited by fish whose regions are bottom-to-middle (my loaches and shark) and middle-to-top (my German ram and barbs), I have a little more flexibility than with the inches rule. What do you, and others, think about this? Oh-- I did check out the fish profiles, and it says Rosy Barbs are bottom-to-middle strata. This surprised me-- mine visit the bottom often to pick at rocks, but prefer middle-to-top when they're just... umm... hanging out and doing their thing. ; )