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Passions71203
10-11-2011, 11:50 PM
So I was reading that they tend to do better in schools. The ones I am looking at are pretty pricey (15 bucks a pop locally), so what is the smallest "school" I could do of boesmani?

rich311k
10-11-2011, 11:54 PM
3-5 is a good number. More females than males is preferable.

Passions71203
10-12-2011, 12:03 AM
3-5 is a good number. More females than males is preferable.

Ok thanks! thumbs2:

BiGBlak
10-12-2011, 05:36 AM
If females are even sold in your area, if your luck is like mine females a rarely sold in my area because females do not sell as good as males because of their color. While i was stocking i had most males to begin with and decided to just go the all male route instead of adding the few females i did come across some but my ratio would be like for every female there would be like 5 males. I find they school with other rainbows period not just there own kind so dont be afraid to mix it up they are nothing like African cichlids and you can have multiple species (i have 7 so far) all you want to make sure is that there is a good ratio of females per male. What size tank are you stocking with rainbows. You may be in a good rainbow area unlike me but if your not make sure your LFS gets females on the regular as well as males which mine only gets males because the female will be super stressed with a bunch of males harrasing her all the time.

Passions71203
10-12-2011, 11:51 AM
If females are even sold in your area, if your luck is like mine females a rarely sold in my area because females do not sell as good as males because of their color. While i was stocking i had most males to begin with and decided to just go the all male route instead of adding the few females i did come across some but my ratio would be like for every female there would be like 5 males. I find they school with other rainbows period not just there own kind so dont be afraid to mix it up they are nothing like African cichlids and you can have multiple species (i have 7 so far) all you want to make sure is that there is a good ratio of females per male. What size tank are you stocking with rainbows. You may be in a good rainbow area unlike me but if your not make sure your LFS gets females on the regular as well as males which mine only gets males because the female will be super stressed with a bunch of males harrasing her all the time.


75 Gal. Tank.

rich311k
10-12-2011, 01:23 PM
I have 8 Boesmans in my 75 3 boys and 5 girls. They are never stopping flashes of color.

Passions71203
10-12-2011, 05:19 PM
Rich- If you don't mind me asking what other fish do you have in your 75 ? thumbs2:

WaMiss
10-12-2011, 05:46 PM
I have 6 in my 135 gallon. They are so fast!! I have 2 boesman females and 4 Australians...which I was told were 1 male and 3 female. They all are coloring up like crazy!

Passions71203
10-12-2011, 05:56 PM
I have 6 in my 135 gallon. They are so fast!! I have 2 boesman females and 4 Australians...which I was told were 1 male and 3 female. They all are coloring up like crazy!


Did you find them locally or did you order them? Its really quite irritating when LFS don't stock most fish I am interested in :scry: I keep wondering if its worth spending the 35-40 bucks on shipping and just order them online.

WaMiss
10-12-2011, 06:14 PM
They are local. I had gone to PetSmart while my mbuna tank was cycling and was just snooping around. Their fish looked awful and run down. There was a kid working there and when I told him how I was planning to stock my tank he said "Don't buy fish here!!" He told me about a little LFS about 45 minutes from my house. I never knew it existed. It's where I have bought all my fish. Snoop around....you may find a little hole in the wall fish store!

rich311k
10-12-2011, 06:45 PM
Rich- If you don't mind me asking what other fish do you have in your 75 ? thumbs2:

2 angels, a pair of apistos and a horde of albino corys.

BiGBlak
10-13-2011, 01:32 AM
In my area they sell the most common rainbows like the millennium red, boesmani, and turquoise all at juvi sizes. Since i wanted variety and more not so common ones i had to aquabid them . You should buy from this guy if you do his name is Snookn. Fish are nice healthy QTd before hand and the fish come calm his pakaging skillz are superb and he has a nice variety.

dladyd052
10-13-2011, 10:40 AM
I agree, Snookn has great rainbows. I ordered 12 from him @ 6 for 36.00 plus shipping. I haven't lost any fish. they school with my australian rainbows.

Passions71203
10-13-2011, 12:57 PM
thank you for his name, I will look him up :)

Lady Hobbs
10-13-2011, 03:23 PM
I ordered mine from AquaBid. Mine were shipped priority mail for $9. Only problem is when they are very young, they can't be sexed until their colors come out. I have one pair of turquoise and 2 male boesemani and they are fine together. I gave all my others to my son but had several more. You can also keep an all male rainbow tank.

Another rainbow I like is a large school of neon rainbows. They stay small and are neat in large groups.

http://www.aquabid.com/cgi-bin/auction/auction.cgi?fwrainbows

Passions71203
10-13-2011, 03:52 PM
I ordered mine from AquaBid. Mine were shipped priority mail for $9. Only problem is when they are very young, they can't be sexed until their colors come out. I have one pair of turquoise and 2 male boesemani and they are fine together. I gave all my others to my son but had several more. You can also keep an all male rainbow tank.

Another rainbow I like is a large school of neon rainbows. They stay small and are neat in large groups.

http://www.aquabid.com/cgi-bin/auction/auction.cgi?fwrainbows


When they were young did any of the get eaten in your tank? What other fish did you have in it? Thanks for the link!

Lady Hobbs
10-13-2011, 04:19 PM
Bows are really small when young and are slow growers. At the time, all I had in the tank was tetra's so just turned the babies loose in their tank. They were fine.

But one time I had a new spawn in the breeder tank and turned them loose with large bows much sooner than I probably should have. Surprising, they were not eaten either. They were in the breeder about 3 months but I had oddles of hiding spaces, too.