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  1. #1

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    So I'm debating which I should keep... have owned BA in the past, but I'm intrigued with the look of the Bloodfins.

    The fish will be paired with gold barbs and probably giant danios in a 55 gallon setup. I'd like to keep aggression to a minimum.

    Also, how many should I stock of either choice? Thinking 5 or 6.

    Any advice would be appreciated.

    Thanks!

    (Sorry if this is in the wrong section, figured we are talking about Tetras)

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    Well, they are very different fish. Much smaller, and less aggressive. Pretty good schoolers - not sure how that compares to BAs.

    In a 55, I wouldn't get less than 10 bloodfins - probably closer to 15. I would do 8 giant danios, 8 gold barbs and 15 bloodfins. Plus, were it my tank, I would add another 8 zebra loaches for the bottom, and probably some peaceful cichlids and a pleco. That was essentially a tank that I had run until fairly recently when I tore it down to make way for another 125. For filtration, I ran 2 canisters - a rena XP2 and sunsun 302.

    I obviously don't suggest stocking a tank like that right away - IMO stocking should be done slowly, but it gives you an idea about the capacity of the tank with excellent filtration.
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    Cool, definitely going with the Bloodfins then.

    I used the calculator for stocking posted in a sticky here, and it maxed out the stocking at about 18 fish. You think eventually I could work up to that level? That would be nice. Running one Fluval 70 HOB with designs on a second, so in the end, 2 Fluval 70's... Probably stocking the gold barbs fist.

    Thanks again!

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    Aqadvisor? It's VERY conservative in it's stocking percentages. If the filters to which you are referring are AC70's, then that would be good filtration. Not as good as what I had (canisters and HOBs of equal GPH are not equal in capacity - canisters have significantly more capacity), but that's not necessarily needed. The only times that you will know that you don't have enough filtration (combination of circulation and detoxifying capacity) is if the water/tank is very dirty (circulation) or if you have a chronic ammonia/nitrite (detoxifying capacity) problems. 0 is 0 is 0, so if your ammonia readings are 0 ammonia and 0 nitrites with your filtration, then you have enough filtration. Fish do grow though, so just because your filtration is good when they are small doesn't mean that it will be once they are large. I like to set up filtration systems that the fish can grow into, and not have to worry if one day it will get maxed out.
    125 - BGK, pictus cats, silver dollars, kissing gouramis, palmas bichir, delhezi bichir
    125 - Red severum, bolivian rams, Turquoise rainbows, irian red rainbows, loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, pearl gouramis
    90 - Congo tetras, african knife, elephant nose, spotted ctenopoma, upside down cats

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    Good choice with the Bloodfins . They are one of the better schooling fish I've ever kept.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaysee View Post
    Aqadvisor? It's VERY conservative in it's stocking percentages. If the filters to which you are referring are AC70's, then that would be good filtration. Not as good as what I had (canisters and HOBs of equal GPH are not equal in capacity - canisters have significantly more capacity), but that's not necessarily needed. The only times that you will know that you don't have enough filtration (combination of circulation and detoxifying capacity) is if the water/tank is very dirty (circulation) or if you have a chronic ammonia/nitrite (detoxifying capacity) problems. 0 is 0 is 0, so if your ammonia readings are 0 ammonia and 0 nitrites with your filtration, then you have enough filtration. Fish do grow though, so just because your filtration is good when they are small doesn't mean that it will be once they are large. I like to set up filtration systems that the fish can grow into, and not have to worry if one day it will get maxed out.
    Yes, that was the calculator. Good to know!

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    Quote Originally Posted by steeler1 View Post
    Good choice with the Bloodfins . They are one of the better schooling fish I've ever kept.
    Sweet! Thanks for the support.

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    Yep, nothing wrong with Buenos aires, like you know, but bloodfins are more peaceful and if you've never kept them before, well something new is always good!
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