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    Lightbulb Boesemani rainbows - considering


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    Hello all,

    For around a month now I've had a 350 litre (121x51x66cm) set up. Heavily planted with the following stock:
    7 peppered cories
    5 sterbai cories
    28 cherry barbs
    9 otocinclus

    All these fish are bottom half lurkers so I've been looking for something to add for the top. I'm still undecided and, whilst I have a shortlist of species for this role, I'm looking into Boesemani Rainbows.

    I'm a bit concerned they're too big and boisterous for a four foot tank so, if anyone has any thoughts on this, I'm all ears.

    Water is moderately hard to hard. pH is 7.0-7.5. Filtration is about 400% overfiltered.

    Thanks.
    "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." Carl Sagan

    ~ 350 Litre Tank Journal ~ ~ 30 Litre Tank Journal ~

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    I considered Bosemanis for my 90 gallon when I set it up but ended up going the cichlid route. From my research on bosemani's, however, I remember that a 4 foot tank is the minimum size because they are such fast swimmers. I think you'd be okay.
    My LFS has a 120 gal with bosemanis and congo tetras that's just gorgeous.
    Will be eager to see what you decide.
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, nerites & mystery snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted: Blood Parrots, severum, Jurupari, EBJD, congos, kribs, clown pleco, snails
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    Thanks, yes I think that's why I'm hesitant.

    Pros:
    Very bright and colourful - I don't have anything blue/yellow and they do have that marine wow-factor look about them.
    Swim at the top.
    Like hard water.

    Cons:
    Might be too large and boisterous for what I want (peace).
    Would easily push my stocking to limit.
    I was aiming for lots of small fish in a large tank so this would go against that aim.

    Hmmm...I might leave them actually and stick to my original plan of black neon tetra or false penguin tetra and a pair of apistogramma cacatuoides or Apistogramma borellii or Laetacara dorsigera (probably the latter).
    "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." Carl Sagan

    ~ 350 Litre Tank Journal ~ ~ 30 Litre Tank Journal ~

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    Just an fyi - the bosemani at my LFS swim at all levels of the tank but the bottom. :o)
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, nerites & mystery snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted: Blood Parrots, severum, Jurupari, EBJD, congos, kribs, clown pleco, snails
    90 Gal Journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=93939
    Fishless cycling: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
    Cycling with fish: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492

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    Hmmm...ok. I've kept dwarf neon rainbows before and they stuck to the top. Assumed the same with these.
    "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." Carl Sagan

    ~ 350 Litre Tank Journal ~ ~ 30 Litre Tank Journal ~

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    Your probably get tired of hearing me say it; but you should go with your penguin tetra idea, LOL.

    But what the heck, a video to help sell you:

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    Buddy of mine keeps boesemani in a tank about that size. I'd say it's minimum size. They're a boisterous fish. Good chance they'll send your babrs in a permanent cower.

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    Being that the barbs are the nippier of the two fish, I doubt either will cower to each other. Maybe at first they would be cautious of the size difference, but long term, they would cohabitate well.
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    Cherry barbs are huge scaredy cats so I think dutchie is right.

    I've gone back to my penguin tetra idea now. Fickle creature!
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    Get false penguins. Pretty rare fish and looks very good.

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