Tank is an 8x3x3 and fish are as follows:
6x Leptobotia elongata approx 6-7" (15-17cm)
2x Leptobotia taeniops approx 5" (12-13cm)
1x Triplophysa siluroides approx 6-7" (15-17cm)
3x Sarcocheilichthys sinensis sinensis approx 3" (8-10cm)
Need some midwater fish desperately, this is a vast aquarium which looks empty. Love the Sarcocheilichthys sinensis sinensis (thanks Emma) and looking for some more but any other suggestions appreciated.
I have some suggestions for companion fish, some nice schools of barbs, could be tiger, odessa, striped or rosy barbs.Aaandyyy wrote:Need some midwater fish desperately, this is a vast aquarium which looks empty.
Also spanner or "T" barbs, but they do get larger than the other barbs.
Barbs are mid-water fish and come from waters in South East Asia the same as many loaches
There are two potential problems with this tank:
1. The Leptobotia elongata and Triplophysa can reach in excess of 60cm and will take anything small.
2. The temperature is maintained at 16 - 22C as these fish are from cool fast flowing waters in China, otherwise the Tinfoil or Lemon fin barbs would have been ideal.
I've wondered about a shoal of Pimelodus? I know they prefer cooler tropical tanks around 20-22C but not sure about as low as 16. Any thoughts?
Although much smaller (up to 15cms but generally 10-12) have you considered Rosy barbs (Barbus conchonius)?The elongata could eat them... but then again they grow fast and you could try a shoal.
Or, if you wnat to go "massive", either a few Mycocyprinus asiaticus (don´t know the English name) or even some mahseer...
6x Leptobotia elongata
2x Leptobotia taeniops
1x Triplophysa siluroides
5x Acrossocheilus fasciatus - Chinese Railway barb
1x Pelteobagrus fulvidraco - Amur or Yellow catfish
8x Acheilognathus macropterus - Giant bitterling
8x Opsarius pulchellus - Mackerel barb
9x Sarcocheilichthys sinensis sinensis - Amur barb
3x Channa sp. Moonbeam Galaxy
Approx 75 Chinese, Odessa & Rosy barbs - there were about 200 but disappeared at about the same time the Triplophysa had a growth spurt!
I'll try to get some more loach orientated pictures when they emerge in the evening but as I'm sure you all know, loach photography is a waiting game!
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