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Old 06-07-2012, 12:06 PM   #1
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Rainbowfish Species?

Alright, continuing on my search for a good medium/top swimmer for my upcoming 75-100 gallon, someone mentioned Rainbowfish. I had been looking at some Millenium Rainbows a few months previous, but I want to know more species worth looking at that are on the larger end up the scale (4-6 inches).

The only ones on these forums in the profiles are the Bosemani Rainbows, but I need something a little less vibrant? Going into a tank with all brown/black fish.

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Types I've found so far:
- Millenium Rainbows

- Axelrodi Rainbows

- Yellow Rainbows
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:14 PM   #2
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You could try Australian rainbows are a dull blue.
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:23 PM   #3
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You could try Australian rainbows are a dull blue.
I kind of like that. Do you know if different species will school together?
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:34 PM   #4
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I'm not sure in a 100 gallon you could get 2 different groups though and I would really try to get a 125 lime you mentioned you could get possibly.
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:40 PM   #5
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I love my turquoise rainbows...... they're supposed to reach 4 inches or so, but mine aren't all that old so I haven't yet seen that potential.
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:45 PM   #6
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I could. and a 125 wouldn't be too much harder than a 100 to keep clean, I'm just hesitant for now, because until I know where I'm going to be settled (I have a few places I'm starting to talk to) I'm not sure how much weight the floors can handle, and where the supports are, etc. Hell, I'd get a 200 gallon if I knew I could keep it safely, but for now I'm just not sure. I know 100 gallons are pretty safe weight-wise, for a ground-level house floor, but that's why I'm planning thing out loosely now. Once I get an OK on a place, I can up the gallon size any time. I just need a minimum to have as a set number, and I can always go up from there. And if the floors aren't too sturdy, I can even have extra support put in. These plans are just a minimum, safe zone.

Which Is why I'm not buying the tank or supplies until after the house.
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:49 PM   #7
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You could try red Iranians or boesmanies.
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Okay I see a 125 really isn't much heavier than a 100 but a 200 would be amazing lol
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Old 06-07-2012, 02:25 PM   #9
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Okay I see a 125 really isn't much heavier than a 100 but a 200 would be amazing lol
Yeees. Plenty of room. I wouldn't add anything other than what I've planned though, so they'd have a ton of space.. Wouldn't the weekly water changes be horrible in a 200 gallon, though?
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Old 06-07-2012, 07:01 PM   #10
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If you kept the stock level you want like let's say 14 rainbows, 1 brown knife, 2 eclipse catfish if you got sone great filters like large canisters you could do probably every 2 weeks or maybe monthly water change depending on nitrate level.
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Alright. I'm thinking 10 rainbows, and a canister filter that will create a decent current for the cats and knife. Not sure if rainbows like that, if not I can always get a lesser strength, or change how the hoses are positioned.
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Most rainbows don't mind strong water flow.
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Yah they come from rivers do they are kind of made for the current.
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That works perfectly with the other two.

Also, which would be better.. a 125 regular, long, tall, or wide? My catfish/knives would enjoy the wide, but maybe not so much for the rainbows?

I can get any size/make of any tank custom ordered, and I know a great company who can build the canopy/stands for me for a decent price, so it's all on the table.
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That works perfectly with the other two.

Also, which would be better.. a 125 regular, long, tall, or wide? My catfish/knives would enjoy the wide, but maybe not so much for the rainbows?

I can get any size/make of any tank custom ordered, and I know a great company who can build the canopy/stands for me for a decent price, so it's all on the table.
Don't do tall ( like a column) less surface and less capacity.
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Yeah. Doubt my cats would enjoy that.

I need the most surface area with still enough swimming room for the rainbow fish in the middle, so they're not crowded. I'm thinking either standard or wide.
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This is a killies he's one of my favs and he's top water
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This is a killies he's one of my favs and he's top water
That's pretty... how big do they get, though? And he's a killifish, right?
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6 inches max and yes he's a killies
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They have many different color variances also
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