Hey guys. I was wondering about Rainbows in a planted tank. I have seen them at the fish store in a large planted tank, but I have not seen any pics here with anyone having them with plants. Are Rainbows plant eaters and should be kept from a planted tank?
There are a few spectacular tanks here with rainbows. They tend to be larger fish so need a large tank for a decent sized shoal and they don't school and yes some may nibble plants! They were on my short list for the 180 gallon tank but I went with Congo tetras this time. Still want to have some at some point though.
I have had Boesmani, Turqouise, Kamaka, Praecox and others that I forget now and they were never a problem with my plants. BUT, they will eat duck weed. Actually, now that I think about it, my sword plants would suffer from the occasional 'hole in the leaf' but I can't remember if that was from the rainbows or some other fish I had at the time. Anyway, it wasn't enough for me to get rid of them. They are awesome fish!
I've had 5 bosemani rainbows in a planted tank and they don't really give my plants too much attention. My tank restricted how many I could house. I had 5 and that was the bare minimum. Even though I had 5, they did shoal (just a bit). I say if you have anything above a 70 gallon, you're good to go! My cousin had a 120 gallon with over 20 rainbows, breath taking.
Thanks for the info. I have a 90 gallon tank and have 6 rainbows in it now. They are my favorite fish. I had some gouramis before but I think they were eating my plants. I will get some more rainbows now.