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Barbs For The Ellioti Tank?

Home Forums Fresh and Brackish Water Fishes Barbs For The Ellioti Tank?

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  • #299594

    dunc
    Keymaster

    Looking for some barbs to go with my T. ellioti.

    I’ll be keeping the cichlids at an alkaline pH [nothing drastic, just above neutral] and about 26 degrees celsius. Not much current, sand/bogwood/pebbles/floating plants kind of environment.

    The ellioti naturally occur in Mexico so I would prefer some barbs from there, but on our KB I can only see the Cherry and Rosey barbs that mention mexico in their habitat field.

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    Endemic to Sri Lanka, where it’s natural range extends between the River Kelani and River Nilwala basins. There are also feral populations exisiting in Colombia and Mexico.


    Those “feral populations”, are they naturally occurring or do you think they were introduced by man? I’d rather have the former if possible.

    I’d actually love to have some quality Cherry Barbs in there, they’re a stunning little fish /smile.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:)” border=”0″ alt=”smile.gif” />

    #307505

    mickthefish
    Participant

    dunc any barb found there was introduced by man mate, what about a couple of sp of livebearers like the illyodon group or xenotoca family and maybe a couple of bog standard swordtails to supply live food for the cichlids by way of their off-spring.
    btw you have’nt mentioned how big your tank is bud, that would give a better guide to what barbs would suit your tank.

    mick

    #307507

    dunc
    Keymaster

    Aye sorry lol, always forget something when I type up a post

    #307512

    Matt
    Keymaster

    No naturally occuring barbs in Mexico mate. Feral = escaped from a domestic population. I think Mick’s livebearer suggestion is excellent and maybe Keith can help you find something interesting…

    #307514

    David Marshall
    Participant

    Hey dunc

    ‘Hoplosternum’ thoracatum catfish make good companions for Firemouth cichlids and their relatives.

    Regards David

    #307528

    dunc
    Keymaster

    They don’t naturally occur in Mexico though as far as I can see, would love to create a natural biotope.

    Keiiiitth, help me with livebearers!

    #307547

    David Marshall
    Participant

    True but they do make good companions.

    If you can find them these days one of the Ilyodon species would probably fit the bill for a livebearer in your set-up. At adulthood they have a fairly large body size and can move very quickly, and leap, should they feel threatened.

    Regards David

    #307594

    dunc
    Keymaster

    Am just gonna bite the bullet and get some fishes which I like the look of and haven’t kept before.. maybe some Puntis rhomboocellatus and some Synos as I’ve never kept catfish other than Cories/L number plecs.

    #307601

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Mate don’t expect to see many young Thorichthys if you go with Synos, and I’m talking about the genus as a whole there. Also the rhombo barbs do best in soft, acidic water while the ellioti do better in slightly alkaline water, plus that particular barb is pretty shy ime. I reckon something a bit more robust would be better. Sorry if that p**ses on your fire a bit…

    #307603

    dunc
    Keymaster

    Mmm, any other suggestions then?

    #307612

    ndc
    Participant

    just been to barr**** and although i wouldnt buy fish from there they had some nice barbs in. large black ruby barbs (b.nigrofasciatus) but maybe a bit nippy from what i saw of them

    #307616

    dunc
    Keymaster

    Della has those in stock too, they don’t do too much for me. Apparently they colour up nicely, but from what I saw they “just” look like black and white striped, large tigers..

    #307629

    ndc
    Participant

    they do colour up nicelf – very bright red over half the body – woth having a look at

    #307631

    mickthefish
    Participant

    dunc you have to see the males in full colour they’re gorgeous bud.
    if you want something in line with the syno’s without the size are M paynei very good looker and easy to keep.

    have you or do you know anybody who’s a member of the live-bearers groups who could sort you out with some.

    mick

    just a plug, Paul Dixon goes to live bearer auctions when he can.

    #307638

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Keith and fish48 are both members of the BLA and/or Viviparous I think…

    Mick do you not think that Mochokiella would still pose a threat to cichlid eggs/fry?

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