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How many Boesemani Rainbow fish for a 125 gallon?

How man Boesemani Rainbow fish for a 125 gallon? The tank is extremely heavily planted. It does have a few other small fish.


I currently have 4 large males and 2 females and was thinking about adding more since we lost a few over the years. They have bred in here.


What would be a happy group size for this aquarium?
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Boesemani only get to be about 4" maybe 5" at max. And they are pretty thin with not a lot of mass.

I have kept heavily stocked Rainbow tanks for years. In my opinion, you could have 25 or more with no problem (assumes good regular tank maintenance).

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I agree with good maintenance you can have at least 15 -20 but you must ensure you have more females than males to prevent males getting nasty with each other.

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I agree with good maintenance you can have at least 15 -20 but you must ensure you have more females than males to prevent males getting nasty with each other.

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Jantruter I hate to disagree, but that's not necessarily so.

I've kept mixed sex and all male tanks for more years than I care to say. Male Rainbows will spar and flash with each other, regardless of the ratio. It's normal behavior. I've never seen one harmed from that activity.

Again, just offering observations from my own actual experience, and I acknowledge someone else's could be different.
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Jantruter I hate to disagree, but that's not necessarily so.

I've kept mixed sex and all male tanks for more years than I care to say. Male Rainbows will spar and flash with each other, regardless of the ratio. It's normal behavior. I've never seen one harmed from that activity.

Again, just offering observations from my own actual experience, and I acknowledge someone else's could be different.
Granted we might have different experiences but I have had males that got so dominated by the others that they would just go and float at te surface or hide in a corner.
Please note this is not the norm but I've never seen it happen in a situation with more females therefore I stock heavy on females land recommend it to others


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Fish have very good ability to sense weakness/disease in their tankmates. If something was wrong with a fish, you could see otherwise tame tankmates turn into wolves in a split second.
Watching from the outside you may just think the attacking fish are randomly violent, instead of fulfilling a biological and evolutionary function.

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I have had some fish injured, and I didn't know if they may be picking on each other or not. I thought with more fish and more females there may be less of a likelihood of that happening.

Here's the tank:
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Thank you for your replies, I would like to here more. I was also thinking of adding another species of rainbow as well. Any thoughts?
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Very, very nice tank you have there, and thanks for sharing the picture. You should start a journal on that tank, I think people would be interesting in hearing more about it.

I'm partial to a wide variety of Rainbows, but that's all personal preference.

My journal is linked below, with lots of pictures of the breeds I keep.

Looking forward to updates.
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