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Would Trigonostigma Espei (rasbora), Green N. Tetra, Silvertip Tetra Rainbow Thrive?
October 9, 2009
9:10 am
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NOVA
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Wow.. Almost lost my breath there trying to write it all in the tittle..
Hey guys,
First I'd like to flatter this site for having such in-depth database.
I never thought that in one place I could get enough info!

Now, I've been contemplating as to the fish that would inhabit my tank:
240L High-Tech, planted tank, 1.20M long.
P.H is around 7.0-7.2. Temp is high on summer (28C) but in winter it's adjustable of course.
I've done some heavy research over that last day. I read all there is to know on these fish over the different profiles available at fish data bases.
Matters taken into accounts:
Sizes (resemble), swimming area (tried to differ with each fish), behavior and water measurements, and food resource competition.
The fish:
Trigonostigma espei - Espe's Rasbora
A school of at least 6

silvertip Tetra
A school of at least 6 but wouldn't outnumber any othe other schools

Green Neon Tetra
A school of at least 6 but more that SilverTip obviously.
These guys seem to me like the spoiled ones. They seem demanding form what I've read: good water parameters, enough food. Tough I tried to pick other fish that'd be the same size, I'm afraid these guys would act timidly..

And to top it all, I'm thinking of adding a few Rainbow fish – either boesemani or MacCulloch's Rainbowfish.
I'm willing to let-go of the Rainbow fish idea though it's very seducing..

What do you think?
Any experience with any of these species combined?
Would any harm each other?

Thanks.

October 10, 2009
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I think the larger rainbows like boesmani might intimidate the wee P. simulans to be honest. Maybe try one of the smaller ones like M. praecox?

As for the simulans being hard to keep, I never found them too bad provided you add them to a mature tank; they don't seem to like fluctuations in water chemistry. Add them after the tank has been running with fish for a couple of months and if you can fatten them up with some live foods as they often come in quite thin.

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October 10, 2009
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QUOTE (Matt @ Oct 10 2009, 11:33 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think the larger rainbows like boesmani might intimidate the wee P. simulans to be honest. Maybe try one of the smaller ones like M. praecox?

As for the simulans being hard to keep, I never found them too bad provided you add them to a mature tank; they don't seem to like fluctuations in water chemistry. Add them after the tank has been running with fish for a couple of months and if you can fatten them up with some live foods as they often come in quite thin.

Hey Matt.
Thanks for the reply!
Given what you've said, three things come in mind.

1. I think P. Simulans swim mainly in the lower part of the tank. especially if they have dence planting there, like I have. Rainbows swim near the water surface.

2. I intend to get the Boesman Rainbow when young, at a small size (around3cm) so the P. Simulans have time to get used to the sizes of the Rainbows.

3. Being a bit timid is good for my intentions as I hope they'll group and swim together shoaling and not scattered.

October 10, 2009
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Hi Nova,

What plants you got in there - would love to see a pic of the set up.

When you say high tech - are you injecting CO2 with high light levels? What ferts are you using?

Sounds like a great set up.

October 11, 2009
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QUOTE (Bluedave @ Oct 10 2009, 05:56 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi Nova,

What plants you got in there - would love to see a pic of the set up.

When you say high tech - are you injecting CO2 with high light levels? What ferts are you using?

Sounds like a great set up.

Hey,
I'd love to upload a picture! Just when I feel the tank has evolved to what I want.. /rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" />
And yes, CO2 injection is present and 2.7 wpg (which is almost 0.7 w/p Liter)
I have a lost of plants, and don't remember all of them.. Blyxa Japonica, Marsilea, Micranthemum umbrosum, Myriophyllums, nympheaeas, Vallesnria, Bacopa, Cabomba and more...

October 11, 2009
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Shoaling is a protective measure so it's more likely to happen if they do feel a bit nervous. I have eight P. simulans in my 60L mini SA tank and they're normally in a loose group.

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