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Author Topic: Gertrude's Rainbows and... Killifish, maybe?  (Read 4852 times)
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« on: February 01, 2013, 10:51:46 AM »

My little rainbows have been in their 10 gallon tank for almost a year now. I have managed to raise a single female from their spawns which leaves me with 7 of them. I am taking down their tank and moving them to a 29 gallon. So, now I have a couple of options as to what to do with them. I can get a couple of more young rainbows and keep trying to breed them or find some suitable tank mates. The only other fish that will be in the tank is a single stiphondon goby.

I have heard of folks keeping small killifish with these bows. I was considering maybe one of the following species: Aphyosemion striatum (Red-striped Killifish), Aphyosemion australe (Lyretail Killi), Epiplatys annulatus (Clown Killifish) or Nothobranchius rachovii (Bluefin Nothobranch). I am rather leaning towards the red-striped killi as I have read that they are easier to breed and more long-lived than the others.

I've not kept any killifish before, so that would be something new. Smiley Any thoughts or other suggestions?
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« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2013, 12:18:39 PM »

I have a soft spot for Lampeyes. They don't have the colour you're probably after but they light up like the night sky under the right lighting. They're very tiny and often layed eggs if there was a mop in the tank. I never got round to properly trying to rear them though.
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« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2013, 03:21:40 PM »

Rachoviis are stunning fish! They have the colours of a marine fish! One of the most impressive freshwater fish ive ever kept colourwise!
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« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2013, 05:43:34 PM »

Thanks, Josh. I am not a huge fan of Lampeyes...I will agree that their little eyes can look amazing though.

Gunnered, How's the temper of the rachoviis? Did you keep them with any other fish or on their own?
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« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2013, 09:50:54 PM »

Actually had them in a 30 gallon with guppies and they did fine together....Maybe i was just lucky...
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« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2013, 12:12:25 PM »

I don't know if you were "just lucky." From what I have read they can be a bit shy so the guppies probably made good dithers for them. It's why I am considering keeping them with the rainbows.

What was your male/female ratio? I hear that males can fight. Did you have any aggression problems?

They really are quite lovely, but I think that lyretail or red-striped would both be easier to spawn. It'll be a couple of weeks to a month before the tank is ready for them, so I am just gathering info at this point.

The clowns look great, too, but I think I am going to try those in my aquaponics set-up so I will likely not stock them with the bows.
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« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2013, 12:49:46 PM »

Love those rainbows. I think they are the most colorful of all the rainbows. Killis are found all over the world except Australia (which your little are from). If placing killis together, I would not chance obtaining any that would have similar coloration. I know this may leave out bunches of very colorful killis though. If I were to choose killi to house with your rainbows, my choice would be the Clown Killifish:

http://www.azaquaticplants.com/community/picture.php?albumid=53&pictureid=643
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« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2013, 01:13:51 PM »

I love them, too, Russ! I've got Aru IIs and they are really spectacular little fish.
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« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2013, 10:26:41 PM »

I love them, too, Russ! I've got Aru IIs and they are really spectacular little fish.

Now I m jealous..those are little beauties!!!

I have kept Aphyosemion australe (Lyretail Killi) in with small bows with no problems ..

There are plenty of gorgeous Killies out there and most will spawn in mops just like the Bows do.
 It might be easier to get eggs/mops of the species you are looking for than to get live fish .. Check out local Killie breeders in your area; you could probably find them through local fish clubs .

I love the tiny peacock gudgeons ...  Tateurndina ocellicauda.... that I have in one of my Bow tanks.. peaceful and not very shy.
http://www.badmanstropicalfish.com/stats/misc_stats/stats_misc_Tateurndina_ocellicauda.html 
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« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2013, 04:03:54 AM »

I had all males crazycat
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« Reply #10 on: February 05, 2013, 09:51:21 AM »

I have kept Aphyosemion australe (Lyretail Killi) in with small bows with no problems ..

That is great news. I think this one may be the winner. Smiley

I love the tiny peacock gudgeons ...  Tateurndina ocellicauda.... that I have in one of my Bow tanks.. peaceful and not very shy.
http://www.badmanstropicalfish.com/stats/misc_stats/stats_misc_Tateurndina_ocellicauda.html 


These were going to be my second choice actually if the killis don't pan out.  Wink
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« Reply #11 on: February 05, 2013, 09:52:07 AM »

I had all males crazycat

Interesting...perhaps the males don't fight unless females are present.
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« Reply #12 on: February 05, 2013, 09:53:43 AM »

If I were to choose killi to house with your rainbows, my choice would be the Clown Killifish:

http://www.azaquaticplants.com/community/picture.php?albumid=53&pictureid=643

I do like the clowns, but I am considering using those in my aquaponics set up so I wanted something different here.
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