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Tank mates with Xiphophorus maculates, Poecilia reticulate and Poecilia sphenops.
July 7, 2014
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I have 1 males and 2 female Xiphophorus maculates( red coral platy's ), 5 Poecilia reiculate and 2 Poecilia sphenops. I am considering getting Boraras Brigittae. because i was wanting a very small type of schooling fish. I love fairly uncommon fish but i live in New Zealand so there isn't much you can get here. I am quite young but enthusiastic about fish and i have another tank that has dario dario x2, Sphaerichthys Osphromenoides x 3 Pangio Semicincta x6 and 1 Trichogaster Chuna. i was wanting a small uncommon bottom dweller for my live bearer tank. I was considering getting Brachygobius Doriae but am not sure if they would be too nippy for the live bearing fish, i am interested in breeding fish as well.. Any ideas of what i could add to this tank? any ideas would be great! :D

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July 7, 2014
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The Boraras may be a decent choice for the second aquarium if your water parameters are suitable, but not for the first, if your livebearers are happy then it's unlikely the Boraras will be.

How big are your aquaria? B. doriae tend to require live or frozen natural foods, and are likely to be outcompeted by livebearers of the sort you have.

 

July 7, 2014
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do you know of any other small schooling fish that would look nice? the live bearer aquarium is 40 something litres, will do measurements tomorrow and the other tank is just over 50 litres, can also give measurements tomorrow. I feed all my fish frozen blood worms, they are all hand feed, my dario dario's come out and eat from tweezers, as do the Sphaerichthys Osphromenoides. One of my Sphaerichthys Osphromenoides is rather small, not sure what is wrong but has been like that since i got him. the other two are healthy and happy. I do have a pond in the garden with mosquito larvae and tubafex worms, but no longer feed my fish them after loosing a few years ago all my guppies to twirling disease and then all my neons to the neon tetra disease. Would the B. Doriae be too aggressive for the live bearers in such a small aquarium? it is well planted and has a few caves made with rocks. very fine gravel substrate with a aquarium plant fertilising soil underneath. Confused 

July 9, 2014
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It's a small tank, especially for mollies, do you have both sexes in there (of any of the fish)? If they breed you're going to need all the space you have for them. If anything, I'd just increase the groups sizes of the fish spp. present.

July 10, 2014
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i know :( i will get a picture of the tank :) there are males and females of all apart from the Mollies which are both female, i have some mollie fry and guppy fry, i plan to sell them to not over stock my tank :)

July 10, 2014
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Sorry it's a bad photo and i am just growing the plants more :)

July 10, 2014
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July 10, 2014
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In my opinion, the tank is well past full now, with ten livebearers in 40 litres/10 gallons.  The female molly can attain five inches, with some sources mentioning six inches.  I would consider re-homing both mollies soon; they should be in a 3-foot tank, or a 30-inch at minimum.

And I agree that you should not combine livebearers with the Boraras.  Aside from the Boraras likely becoming food for mature livebearers, they have opposing water parameter requirements.  Boraras need soft to very soft water, up to perhaps moderately hard which is still too soft for mollies that should have harder water or they can develop health issues.

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July 11, 2014
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ok thankyou :) I will give my mollies to my brother who has 150 litres 

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