Re: Rainbow tankmates/Stocking for 50/55 gallon
- 30 gallons should be big enough for 3 rainbows, but i think you said
you had 7. not even sure 55 gallons is big enough for that
especially since you were looking for advice on other tank mates.
I am basing this on the facts that i know it says rainbows only get
about 3-4 inches in size, but at my LFS i have seen them about 5-6
inches at only 3 yrs of age. Yes they were the boesemani rainbows
too that were about 5-6 inches that is long and i would say at least
2-3 inches tall so beware that they can get very big.
At least bigger then what they say the average adult size is. So i
would maybe consider maybe getting 4-5 of them unless you already
have them if you want other tank mates with them, or a bigger tank
cause in time they can get very big.
- actually i only have a 55 gallon for fresh water. The most i have
had in there at 1 time was 1 pakastani loach, 1 rainbow shark, 1
silver dollar, and about 10 tetras(black skirt, black phantom, and
some neons or cardinals i forget whichones they are so close in
color), and finally i think 3 rasbora's.
loach was about 2", shark about 5", silver dollar 1.5 inch dia.,
tetras between 1-2", and rasbora's 1".
So approximately between 30-40 inches of fish in my 55 gallon.
PS this tank now houses 7 cichlids (4 juvinelle yellow lab 3 grown
acei) with 2 tetras(black phantom)
Black phantom tetras are also very territorial which is kinda rare
for tetras, they nipped away all of my silver dollar fins when i had
him. They also nipped at each other while they were fun to watch be
careful what you put with them if you get them.
That is a warning for anyone.
- I have personally seen balas 6-7" but have heard they get 10-12
inches but of course you would need 100+ gallon tank for them to get
that big. It also takes years and years for them to get that big
since they grow very slow most people don t even have them long
enough that they get fully grown.
Just 1 more thing Bala's or any shark for that matter are more or
less closer related to carp then a shark. They are just given that
name cause the fins sorta the same pattern as a shark. Again i am
not sure if this is true this is just what experts have told me from
The aquarium fish with common names that include the
word 'shark' such as the bala, rainbow, iridescent or
the red-tailed are not actually sharks. They are given
those common names because of their appearance, not
because they are related (anatomically or otherwise)
to true sharks.
--- steve <steve01@...> wrote:
> I have personally seen balas 6-7" but have heardPeace, please!
> they get 10-12
> inches but of course you would need 100+ gallon tank
> for them to get
> that big. It also takes years and years for them to
> get that big
> since they grow very slow most people don t even
> have them long
> enough that they get fully grown.
> Just 1 more thing Bala's or any shark for that
> matter are more or
> less closer related to carp then a shark. They are
> just given that
> name cause the fins sorta the same pattern as a
> shark. Again i am
> not sure if this is true this is just what experts
> have told me from
> my LFS.
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