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Christople 07-24-2011 04:55 PM

enough space?
Hi how does 30 dwarf rasboras sound in a 38 gallon

Beaches 07-25-2011 04:48 AM

If it's in a species specific tank, I think that would be fine.

Christople 07-25-2011 10:14 AM

no, it has a pair of dwarf cichilids and bottom dwellers, other than that there would be no other fish. And I checked and I don't think the rasboras are sold to me small enough to be eaten

ladayen 07-25-2011 10:21 AM

Well.... I have a cichlid, think it's an electric yellow. I tried to put it in my community tank. One of my Harlequin rasboras got curious and came really close to it. The cichlid made a half hearted attempt to eat it, opened it's mouth more then wide enough to swallow it whole. Fortuantly it was as a said half hearted and the rasboras swam away, however if it had been in a corner with no place to swim too I'm certain it would have been gone.

So while I wouldn't expect the cichlid to chase the rasboras down to eat.. if they become careless they could easily wind up as lunch.

Christople 07-25-2011 10:31 AM

I think that they would be okay though, would there be enough space

ladayen 07-25-2011 11:51 AM

Yeah it probably would be doable. Add a handful of rasboras and see how they do. Then add another handful every week if everything is good.

Christople 07-25-2011 03:29 PM

okay will do, thanks for the help

Byron 07-26-2011 10:37 AM

By "dwarf rasbora" do you mean the species Boraras maculatus? Or are you referring to one of the common rasbora such as Harlequin Rasbora, Lambchop Rasbora or Hengels Rasbora?

The true Dwarf Rasbora is much too small for most cichlids, especially kribs (I'm assuming these are the pair you have?). The other mentioned rasbora species will probably survive until the kribs spawn, then likely not. Or they will be severely stressed in such a small space--small to them when kribs are spawning.

Christople 07-26-2011 12:32 PM

okay, would a school of 10 true rummy noses work, I am using peat to change my water, does this bother them

Christople 07-26-2011 12:39 PM

I do mean the mactulats or however it's spelled, how about ember tetras, other then kribs their wouldn't be a thing for them to harras, or nannostumus marginitas, or trifiascitias

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