|10-10-2013 11:50 PM|
Since the main focus of this tank is going to be plants/aquascape I've decided not worry about the fish as much.
20 Cardinal Tetras
7 Glass catfish
m/f pair of Blue German rams (if I can find a female anywhere)
5 male guppies
1 Pearl Gouramis
1 Bristlenose pleco
I may add others later on such as a pair of apistos or Baddis baddis.
|10-10-2013 05:39 PM|
|Dr Fishbait||Sorry for starting all this trouble about rainbows being so aggressive at feeding. With as many small fish you wanted in addition to rainbows I was concerned that you would end up in the same delima I found myself in. I ended up grossly over feeding my tank to make sure all we're fed. And we all know where the leads.|
|10-10-2013 03:43 AM|
Rainbows were initially part of my list, but I REALLY want a school of cardinal tetras and, based on what others stated and what I've read, the rainbows would be too much competition during feedings.
I love Discus, but they do limit the types of plants due to the needed temps and I have a certain look I want for the display which includes DHG and cambos.... but the discus are tempting
aaaaghhh!!! Decisions decisions.
|10-09-2013 09:59 PM|
As for other species of fish that are compatible discus tank-mates, many do well at discus temps including all of those I've listed above, as I've kept all of those with discus.
I believe I read mention of your planning to maintain, or were maintaining, temp @ 78-80 - so 83 is not a great deal higher, & perfect for discus.
And for those of you who may think otherwise, discus are hardy fish and not at all difficult to keep. You just need to make sure you're getting quality, healthy stock from a recognized reliable supplier source, and give them a little extra care & attention. What good aquarist doesn't want to do that, to keep their fish healthy & thriving ?
Should you decide to consider giving it a try, cowfish, I for one would be glad to help you out every step of the way.
|10-09-2013 09:34 PM|
Discus are without equal, but I think Rainbows are getting seriously overlooked. They are stunning and easier to car for than Discus. They also develop the brilliant Neon orange stripe on their head and along the dorsal fun when they are displaying
|10-09-2013 09:20 PM|
|10-09-2013 07:53 PM|
Here's something a little off the wall for you - albeit a significant departure from what you've been planning, but a 75 gal would make a perfect set-up for discus: ( those are Royal Ruby Reds with the Cardinal Tetras btw)
This is a 75 gallon tank:
As well as Cardinals, you could also keep Glass Catfish, Cories, BNP's, GBR's and Amano shrimp with them - all good tank-mates for discus.
And you can't get a better centerpiece fish than discus, imho.
|10-09-2013 03:55 PM|
Thank you, everyone, for the feedback.
Fish list round 3
20 cardinal tetras
7 Glass catfish
1 bristlenose plecos
2 German Blue Ram (M/F pair)
1 Pearl Gouramis
1 Apistogramma cacatuoides (Double red)?
3-5 male guppies
6 or 7 Albino Corys
A bunch of amano shrimp and nerite snails.
What do you think about adding some pencilfish or gudgeons to the mix?
|10-09-2013 02:04 PM|
I would still worry about the pearl gourami a little bit with the rainbows. They occupy the same area of the water column, and the rainbows are fast, aggressive eaters that very well may out compete the gourami.
Also, just a caution - there's a fairly good chance imo that your shrimp are going to get eaten when the rainbows get mid/full sized. I've got them in most of my tanks, but they didn't last long in the 46 mentioned above or my other tank with angels. Would assume a similarly sized rainbow would do the same to them that the angels did.
|10-09-2013 09:33 AM|
|scokaw||My male boesemni's are about 5.5".|
|10-09-2013 01:19 AM|
I think they generally get around 4-5 inches. I have a friend who keeps them, and he has one almost 6 inches, but most of them are smaller, at around 4". Gorgeous fish, I think my next tank will be a rainbow tank.
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|10-09-2013 12:58 AM|
|10-09-2013 12:55 AM|
|cowfish007||Any alternatives to the Rainbows? I'm looking for a "centerpiece" type fish.|
|10-09-2013 12:36 AM|
|The Dude||My fish have no problem competing with my Rainbows at feeding time. In fact my Gourami is a total pig and gorges himself at every feeding time|
|10-08-2013 11:21 PM|
The Boesemani should be fine when they're small, but as they approach their adult size of 5" they will probably out compete the others at feeding. Especially the slower gourami's and guppy's.
The gourami probably won't spawning successfully in your community setting. the others will probably destroy/eat their nest.
The apistos or rams should spawn if you have enough hiding places, but keeping the fry alive might be a challenge. Lots of extra mouths in there.
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