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Old 01-23-2004, 09:15 PM   #1
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Fish Compatibility

So I am a long way into my new 135 gal, so far have the following

8 Rosy barbs
6 Angels
6 Tiger Barbs
4 Crown Loaches
1 Tube fish ( eel looking )
1 Red Tailed Shark
1 Crawfish ( the 5 in variety )

Think I will have any problems? Have a few more angels and a pretty pleco on the way

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Old 01-23-2004, 09:27 PM   #2
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Your Tiger Barbs, Capoeta tetrazona, while being one of my all-time favorite fish, might cause problems with your Angel Fish. Tiger Barbs can be fin-nippers and those nice, long fins on the Angels might be more temptation than the barbs can resist.

I'm not quite sure what the 'tube fish' is, unless it is one of the freshwater/brackish pipefish. If that is the case then you're going to have a hard time with it. Often the only thing they'll eat is small fish....baby guppies make a tasty snack for them. Does he look anything like the fish in the link below??


I would also be a bit nervous about including the 'crawfish' in the tank. I know that many people have reported success with them even in community tanks but the 'crawfish' is definitely omnivorous and will try to eat any of your fish that it can manage to catch. Since they have a tendency to be most active at night the 'crawfish' might be able to catch a fish or two while they're sleeping. With a tank the size of yours you might be OK but it is a risk.
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Old 01-24-2004, 12:53 PM   #3
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redtail shark

I could be wrong but I thought that redtail sharks should be kept with a few of their own kind. It seems you have the room. I don't remember where or why this is but I know I have heard that they do best when not alone. It may be the way they interact with the other fish. If anyone else know please chime in.
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The red tail sharks do not do well with others of their own kind, as they are "aggressive loners" according to Baensch. They can also become very aggressive with other community fish, so watch that one.

I have had bad luck with crayfish, but in a tank that size you might be able to do it. I agree with Fruitbat about the tiger barbs and the angels, and it may be a good idea to get more tiger barbs to reduce their aggression towards other fish, or trade them in for something else altogether.

Now that I said that, I will also say I am very jealous!!
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Actually xander, redtails do NOT do well with conspecifics. In other words, they'll kick the butt offa any other redtail shark they see (don't ask how they manage to mate LOL).
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