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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-28-2012, 03:39 AM Thread Starter
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jewel fish suggestions

Looking for a jewel fish or pair to go with cardinals and rummynose tetras as well as kuhli loaches and otos. Any suggestions? A 125 gallon tank.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-28-2012, 03:48 AM
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Well, how about a different species such as any of the smaller Rainbow fish? How about Dwarf Cichlids such as Rams or Apistos? How about Sparkling Gouramis?

IME Jewel means Jewel Cichlids, not anything I would want with the smaller fish you currently have. I kept Jewel Cichlids with larger fish (about the same size or larger) and even then they were a bit pushy.

As a general guide do not mix larger and smaller fish. If the larger is twice as big and a known predator it is highly likely to eat the smaller fish. Even fish not normally predators can eat fish that are 1/4 their size.
So... 1" Rummys or Cards should not be mixed with fish larger than 2" (if the 2" is a predator) or larger than 4" (if the 4" fish is not normally a predator). Look at the mouth size, most predators can open their mouths REALLY WIDE.

A 4" long Kuhlie Loach does not really fit that general guideline. Their mouth is so small they are not a threat to 1" or even smaller fish, and they are so thin that they are easily eaten by predators that are almost the same size they are.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-28-2012, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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