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post #11 of 13 Old 01-22-2008, 10:19 AM
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Make sure you plant the back corners pretty heavily so that the Bushfish will have a skulking area if the Angels get feisty.

Now, you will probably see some aggression in the bushfish. I have 3 in a tank that's way too small at the moment (moving them soon - just made a deal for a 90 that will be easier to set up than the 110 I'm currently dithering about) and they beat the snot out of each other for about a two weeks until they had their pecking order straight. Had some visible wounds, little bit of fungus, treated with Melafix and pimafix and it cleared up. Haven't had any damaging aggression in the last 3 months or so. I don't think they'll go after the angles, though. They didn't go after the gourami that was sharing the tank with them at the time (She's been moved to be the Queen of a 40 gallon).

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post #12 of 13 Old 09-17-2008, 02:28 AM Thread Starter
will two angel fish, 1-3 of these, and a pack of 6+ tiger barbs all live happily together in a 55 gallon tank? there will be driftwood, rocks/caves, and plenty of plants.

i assume the Ctenopoma acutirostre and barbs would work pretty well together, the barb/angel combination is what i am worried about the most as barbs tend to get a little nippy. ive also heard a group of barbs are less aggressive, so i'm hoping in a group they wont pay much mind to the angels.

the Ctenopoma acutirostre will be the last thing added to the tank so everyone else has a chance to grow large enough to not get eaten.

please let me know what you think
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post #13 of 13 Old 09-17-2008, 03:53 AM
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Were it me I would maybe introduce very small tiger barbs last. Otherwise they might vew the Ctenopoma Acutirostre as intruders to space they have established. Tiger barbs in groups of six to eight do not assure that there will be less fin nipping. Have you considered Puntius denisonii ?

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