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Old 04-05-2005, 07:13 PM   #1
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Ros(e)y Barbs

I have heard different information on these fish. One place said they aren't as aggressive as commonly thought, another said as long as they are in a school of 5 or more they are peaceful fish. Another contraversy I found was size and temperature preferance, one says they grow to 2.5" and another said 6", one said they prefer temps between 64-72 F, and another said they are tropical (Is 64-72 degrees farenheit tropical?). Has anyone had experience with these guys, are they just a hardy breed?

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4 weather loaches
18 commons/comets
5 orandas
5-20 mosquito fish
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Old 04-05-2005, 08:31 PM   #2
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They are a hardy breed, I have 8 of them in my 90 gal community tank. They are currently 3 inches long and are ferocious eaters. i was told that they can get to 6 inches in the wild. My tank is at 76 degrees F , PH is 7.4 and they get along with other occupants of the tank. HTH

If I'm so slow , why am I allways in the front?
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Old 04-05-2005, 09:23 PM   #3
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Ditto on Rosey barbs being hardy... I have 3 in my 29 gallon and they are VERY active chasing each other around. I also have 17 Neon tetras and there's never been a show of agression towards them. Yes, definitely a school is needed as I bet if one is left alone, it'd prolly chase the less agressive tankmates around.
My water is typically 6.8 PH, 76 degrees F. Mine haven't grown past 2 inches and I've had them for about 2 yrs now.
They nip at my weaker plants.... that's my only complaint about them.
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