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Old 10-06-2011, 10:45 PM   #21
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Any fish you guys can recommend appropriately sized for a 20 gal in that case... Sounds like these types of sharks/fish we're discussing are out of my size range..
Something colorful "cool" looking...
Kuhli loaches, pearl gourami, corys, otos, platys, dwarf gourami, any number of smallish tetras ( around 2 inches), betta, guppies, ram cichlids, apistsos. There are a lot.
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+1 with eco23. Bala sharks should be in a 125gal minimum ... they grow to a foot and are VERY energetic sharks that need room to swim.

An RTS matures into a VERY territorially aggressive "shark" IMO a 75gal (I used to say 55gal) should be the minimum AND then there needs to be territories set up for it to claim ... i.e. plants, caves, decor etc. Even then ... there's no guarantee they wont terrorize their tank-mates.

My RTS (a gift for my son from his G-father) is in a planted 75gal with plenty of "territories" and it still pretty much claims the whole tank as it's territory. I'm convinced that for now it's willing to tolerate it tankmates, but at 3 inches, it still has another 3 inches to go ... and it if it gets too aggressive, I'll have to rehome it.

Rainbow Sharks are not as territorially aggressive ... but it's basically like a slightly smaller, more docile RTS ... needs a 55gal at minimum.
I agree with you and eco. I understand balas have been put out of the equation, and the OP is going to stay away from sharks. Thats good.
Another note, those "sharks" are minnows, not loaches.
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Yes... This seems to be the best decision for now... If I can get him to choose peaceful community fish then perhaps he can hold on to my male Dalmatian Molly who rarely lets up on my 4 female mollies... Lol. And now I think of it, he loves my Gold twin bar platy... So we have 2 fish mentally stocked in a 20 gal... LOL
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Yes... This seems to be the best decision for now... If I can get him to choose peaceful community fish then perhaps he can hold on to my male Dalmatian Molly who rarely lets up on my 4 female mollies... Lol. And now I think of it, he loves my Gold twin bar platy... So we have 2 fish mentally stocked in a 20 gal... LOL
I love mollies and platys. Maybe he will like the mollies even more if ou let him hand feed them. All my mollies get tame enough to eat out of my hands. Then they start to think my hand always has food, so they will try to "groom" me every time I put my hand in there for cleaning. Its endearing. There are lots of really cool platy varieties too.
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I have the 4 females and 1 male... And about 65 fry 1 wk, 2 wks and 3 wks old
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Thats cool. You could always let him pick a couple of your fry and raise them in his own tank. Then you could add a few tankmates once the fry are big enough to not get eaten.
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I say mollies and other hardy fish like guppies would make great ones for your son to get a kick out of. In my opinion, Black Lyretail Mollies are some of my favorite mollies - they're so dang pretty! http://bluegrassaquatics.com/media/c...ACK_MEDIUM.jpg

And Sunburst Platys are another fav. Insanely pretty colors. They're like the Sun Conures of freshwater fish! http://pet.imageg.net/graphics/produ...963307t400.jpg http://bluegrassaquatics.com/media/c...ST_REGULAR.jpg
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Lil man has to do well enough in 1st grade to earn the tank to put the fish in!!
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Lil man has to do well enough in 1st grade to earn the tank to put the fish in!!
Thats fair.
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A very fair deal. XD Make him work for it!
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