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Old 01-24-2015, 05:14 PM   #1
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Compliment Denison Barbs


I have a "Dutch" style 125g with 8 large Roseline Sharks. What other fish compliment and are compatible with Denison Barbs?

Any thoughts?

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Old 01-24-2015, 06:21 PM   #2
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Boesemani Rainbow fish I think blue and yellow would look good with your roselines. Any of the colorful rainbow fish would be cool.
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Old 01-24-2015, 06:45 PM   #3
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I've always thought my rummy nose went best with my roselines.
Sort of miniature version from across the room.
I love my roselines(all 12) in my 180g.One of the greatest all time fish IMO!
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Old 01-24-2015, 06:57 PM   #4
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Research their optimum water preferences: They come from subtropical rivers, with a very wide range of temperature. On the cooler side of tropical, to fairly warm. Somewhat softer rather than too hard, but certainly not a black water fish.

Then research these fish, see how close you come to finding compatible fish:

Here are some cooler water options. These would be fine in something close to a room temperature (low 70s F) tank, just a little heat:
Turquoise Rainbows (M. lacustris)
Sturisoma, Farlowella, Rhineloricaria, Bristlenose (Ancistrus) (Many Loricariads thrive in cool water- just gotta figure out which one you want)
Pethia conchonius (used to be Puntius) and many other Barbs are cool water fish, if you want a second school in there.
Almost all Corydoras- get a big enough school!
Dojo Loach (Misgurnus anguillicaudatus)
Zebra Loach (Botia striata)
Blue (Three-spot) Gourami (several color morphs) Trichopodus trichopterus (old name: Trichogaster)

Many of those will handle a warmer tank, too. However, here is a similar list of warmer tank fish:
Boesemani Rainbows
Sturisoma nigrirostrum, Relatives of the Bristlenose (Ancistrus) (Many Loricariads thrive in warm water- just gotta figure out which one you want)
Congo Tetra (Phenacogrammus interruptus) and many other Tetras are warm water fish, if you want a second school in there.
Selected Corydoras and related fish- Brochis splendens is one- get a big enough school!
Yoyo Loach (Botia almorhae)
Zebra Loach (Botia striata)
Pearl Gourami (Trichopodus leerii (old name: Trichogaster)
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I've got torquise and boesmani rainbows with my denison barbs...they look great together and get along very well.
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All good suggestions! I'm looking into rainbows but I'm afraid they don't schoal as much as I'd like... Time to research! I'll look into each suggestion. Thank you.
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I have Turquoise rainbows and Tiger barbs with my denisons.

I really like the turquoise rainbows, but like you suggested, they don't school that much (I have 7 of them currently). I really like the color contrast between the denisons and rainbows.

The tiger barbs are great with the denisons, and they school well. They're kind of overdone, but I really like them.
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Seprea Tetras are cool it they will probably nip my angels and I cannot have that!
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You could try and find some gold barbs or maybe diamond tetras. They would contrast well with the Denisons.
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Congo tetras would look great and school for you...
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