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    I recently completed the cycling of my new 65 gallon aquarium, and i am wanting to purchase a rainbow shark for it. My research points to yes, it will fit, but does anyone with any experience beg to differ??
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    it sure will fit in a 65 gallon, but tankmate choice will be limited as even in a large
    setup they are very territorial. things that fight back and don't look too much like it such as tiger barbs should be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madagascariensis
    it sure will fit in a 65 gallon, but tankmate choice will be limited as even in a large
    setup they are very territorial. things that fight back and don't look too much like it such as tiger barbs should be fine.
    Mean buggers just like madagascariensis says. Besides Tiger Barbs, Clown Barbs and Rosie Barbs would stand up to them. Buenos Aires tetras and some of the Anostomus characins would make good tank mates.
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    +1 to the above

    fitting a rainbow shark in is no problem. Finding something that can live with one is an different story though. A tiger barb tank with the rainbow shark would look nice. If you go that way you can get a bunch of green, red, and regular tiger barbs to mix up the color a bit.

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    I own a rainbow shark, and its my favorite fish. It fits nicely in my 55 gallon.

    As far as tanks mates go, the only thing I have been told to avoid is similar style fish. Any other "sharks" or elongated algae eaters would flare up aggression.

    I have Corye Cats in my tank and the rainbow shark ignores them, although some others have warned against that. The Tiger Barbs in my tank are very nippy, and the rainbow shark chases them out of his territory, but I still consider it a healthy relationship of give and take. It also ignores my neon tetras.

    I dont consider the shark chasing the other fish to be a problem, as long as it doesnt catch them, and as long as its only in one part of the tank. THe shark seems to be slower than the other fish, and has a small territory. So some fish swim in his space, and he chases them out, but he never catches them and they can find happiness in 90% of the rest of the tank. Does that make sense?
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    I remember the "spectacular battles" between the Rainbow shark and Chinese Alage eater staged in my Grandmothers 65 gal tank when I was a teenager.
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