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Mrs Bubble 01-27-2007 12:27 PM

Gardeneri Killifish-Are they appropriate my aquarium?
Good afternoon! I am in the process of setting up my 37 gallon aquarium. I have 5 Diamond Tetras, 3 Pearl Gouramis (1 male and 2 females), and 5 corycats. I am wondering if it would be ok for me to add a pair of Gardeneri Killifish? I've read that Killifish are not always appropriate for a community aquarium, because they will eat whatever fits in their mouth (and their mouths are large). A couple of my Diamond Tetras are small females. I was wondering if the Killifish would bother these or any of my fish? Thanks again! :)

Sorry- I just realized that this question may have been better suited to a different forum. Please feel free to move my post.

FDStation152 01-27-2007 12:32 PM

I haven't kept that particular kind of killifish but I used to have a few golden wonders along with another type that my pet store couldn't even identify. Quite simply if the killi decides that another fish will fit in its mouth it will eventually eat it. I've watched them stalk a small school of neons around a tank for quite awhile before finally taking one. However once the fish are too large to be eaten they don't seem to cause problems except towards each other from time to time.

Mrs Bubble 01-27-2007 04:32 PM

Thanks, FDStation152! I don't think that the Killifish would be able to fit the tetras or corys in their mouths. And, I'm sure they couldn't fit the Pearl Gouramis in their mouths. However, is the Killifish a nippy fish? Would I have to worry about it nipping the fins of my Pearls or tetras?

I've read that the Pearls like to occupy the top of the tank. Would they be competing with the Killifish for space? Thanks again! :)

FDStation152 01-28-2007 01:12 AM

the killis definitely like the top of the tank but I've kept them with other top dwellers without problems. while the other fish might be a little too big now to be eaten are u sure they won't be in the future? I rarely saw my killis venture from the surface unless they were stalking another fish so I'd be worried if you observed such behavior. They don't really tend to be fin nippers though...from what I've seen its either potential food or its pretty much ignored.

herefishy 01-28-2007 07:11 PM

What a beautiful fish. I keep my killies in species tanks, 2 1/2g to 10g, depending upon the species. I do not keep peat spawners, too much trouble. I do keep "mop spawners". The killies would enjoy floating plants such as water lettuce or something with a substantial root system if you should want to spawn them.

herefishy 01-28-2007 09:16 PM

Chek out

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