I have a nice school of Puntius pentazona and was wondering if I could mix the two species. Also, would they school together?
They should mix fine personality-wise, but it's important that the water is soft and acidic for the P. rhombocellatus. Here's a good little read: http://www.fishkeeper.co.uk/databank.aspx?id=217
These chaps can be delicate when first imported, so it would be worth reserving them and monitoring them for a little while before purchase.
Most of the communities in my state have very hard water. But, I happen to live in one of the few with somewhat soft water that tends to get a bit acidic. The store has had them for a couple of weeks and they look quite good, so I may pick them up in a week or two.
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have a look on "bornesuckers". as far as I know p rhomboocellatus is the only puntius-pecies in trade syntopic with gastromyzon. that means: same habitat, same keeping conditions
I wouldn't deny that, Greame. I don't believe that the specimen in trade are caught with gastromyzon. the species is mainly recorded from Kapuas, Kepajang, Barito, Kahajan. all in all: Kalimantan, no gastromyzon in trade from there. "normal" habitat is a peat swamp.Graeme Robson wrote:That is not actually correct! They may come from the same region but their habitats are very different. In many parts of Asia they are commonly known as Peat Swamp Barbs! Our supplier have told us that their fishermen collect these from relatively calm Black-waters.
if I remember right, Tan notes it as syntopic with gastromyzon. or my notice as "good" company for a large "mixed gastromyzon-tank" is totally wrong. I'll try to verify.
There's more info on the following link, which also shows a picture of what their habitat may be like:
http://www.seriouslyfish.com/profile.ph ... tus&id=978
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