Im still undecided as to what type of rainbow fish I'm going to go for. But I think I'm ready for the commitment of waiting for the fish to grow and show off it's true colours. I've Been doing my research, but there are a few things I just want to double check, theres so much conflicting information...
My 55gallon (Juwel 240liters) tank is in the living-room and I want a few big colourful fish in there.
I've found a rainbow dealer who sells only true species (or so he says) of rainbow fish, very conveniently, only a 15minute drive from where I live
Can I mix species? I know they are a a schooling fish so I know I need at least 6.. but can I have 2x Boesemani's, 2x Turquoise rainbow-fish, and 2x yellow rainbow-fish? With appropriate male female ratio.
Oooorrr, do I get 6xboesemani's and use the rest of the bio-load room for other community fish to fill it up, I realise of course that this will mean spawning could be more difficult.. or impossible... but I'm honestly not sure if I'm worried about that or not.
How many fish can I comfortably fit into my tank? With at least 6 rainbows.What tank mates would be good?
My tank only has 4 ottos in it at the minute + a handful of Malaysian trumpet snails, fully cycled, its planted heavily with dwarf sag, bacoba australis, anubias, anubias nana, complete with a java moss tree, everything still needs a while more to "fill in", but I'm in this for the long haul, so I'm hoping everything grows the way I want it to.
I have 2 hob filters, an aquael 1000uv led and a stingray 15. I really cant afford to buy a canister at the minute.
it works out that my water is being filtered at 1300litres (286galllons) per hour, which is a turnover rate at 5.2. Is that an adequate amount of should I invest in an external... ?
I already have 2 aquariums that get weekly water changes, so I'm well aware of the work that goes into fish keeping...
RAINBOW FISH KEEPERS, GIVE ME ALL YOUR KNOWLEDGE!
I NEED YOU NOW!!