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Canadian Fish 03-12-2012 02:50 PM

Mixing Rainbow Fish
 
Hi, I currently have 8 red platies and 8 zebra danios in a 55 gallon tank.

My LFS is getting an order of rainbow fish this week and I would like to stock a small school.

They expect to get some Australian (Murray River), Red Irian, Turquoise (Lake Kutubu), and Boseman's rainbow fish.

I was wondering if I could get 2 each of 3 different types, or 3 each of 2 different types, or if I have to get a school of 5 or 6 of all the same?

Thanks!

jack26707 03-21-2012 12:12 PM

A school of 6 Boesman rainbow fish would be perfect for ypur 55. I would suggest getting a school of the same species, because I know that for most tetras the minimum number is 6, but that doesn't mean 3 cardinal tetras and 3 rummynose tetras, but given the size of the fish you have now and the size of your tank, you could probobly do 6 Boesman rainbows and 6 of another smaller rainbowfish and be finished. P.S-It wouldn't be a bad idea to maybe put a twig cat in there if you have or develop an algae problem.

Canadian Fish 03-24-2012 10:00 AM

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Originally Posted by jack26707 (Post 1020384)
A school of 6 Boesman rainbow fish would be perfect for ypur 55. I would suggest getting a school of the same species, because I know that for most tetras the minimum number is 6, but that doesn't mean 3 cardinal tetras and 3 rummynose tetras, but given the size of the fish you have now and the size of your tank, you could probobly do 6 Boesman rainbows and 6 of another smaller rainbowfish and be finished. P.S-It wouldn't be a bad idea to maybe put a twig cat in there if you have or develop an algae problem.

Thanks! I think I'm going to try 6 Red Irian Rainbowfish, and when they mature if there is room, I might move my platies to another tank add 6 Neon Dwarf Rainbowfish in their place.

I'll check out the twig cats. I was originally thinking a Bristlenose Pleco to control algae.


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