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Author Topic: Red Line Barb-Sahyadria denisonii???  (Read 1470 times)
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« on: March 15, 2016, 11:46:54 PM »

Hello,

I was able to set up my 75 gallon tank recently and was wondering about red line barbs. I decided to set her back up since I canceled cable and can afford the electricity now from my 2 big canister filters, heater, light, etc... I cycled the tank with 10 big pregnant female guppies for 8 weeks. I now have guppies, 6 platys and 3 bristle nose plecos in the tank. I really want to acquire some red line barbs. I always see them at my choice local fish store and they are amazing to me. Do they do well with platys and guppies? I know they are all peaceful so I assume it would be fine just wanted input from badman's. I have a river rock large pebble gravel and 2 C-360 canister filters running from marineland. I know the red line barbs would love the current these filters give aimed at each other to force air down also produces down current. I know they are from fast flowing streams. I was thinking of buying 10. Would this be ok? I have to save a little more yet, these guys are pricey in WI! Best I found was $20 per fish!


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« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2016, 07:42:57 AM »

Glad to hear you got your aquarium set up. Red Lines are very nice fish. Beautiful, but still a bit pricy. The two things I would caution is to be sure those Red Lines are from a good healthy source and still think about quarantine for them. The second is about having 3 Bristlenose in relatively close quarters together. If there are sufficient hiding places or territory areas, then they should be ok. Generally, three of them would be considered a crowd.


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« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2016, 09:00:14 AM »

I have kept redlines now for  many years. I actually sell them on occasion when I am at fish events and doing room sales or am in the vendor room. I also have them in my 150 gal tank with my big clown loaches. These fish will get to be about 5 inches when fully grown. They will also vary in quality. A lot of what now reaches the market are farmed fish rather than wild caught and these farmed ones often do not compare in coloration etc.

They do work nicely when kept in groups, but I think a 75 is too small for 10. Think more like half that number. They are pretty active fish and will generally only squabble among themselves and do not tend to bother other fish. However, their active nature can upset/stress other smaller more docile fish like guppys. Redlines also like somewhat cooler temps. I confess that I tend to keep them too warm which I know is likely to shorten their life despite my providing clean water and good food for them.

I have a batch I purchased to grow and sell and I have noticed a few of them have slightly deformed tails, the black and yellow striping is not quite right on the top fork of the tail. I attribute this to the farming techniques. They are not so easy to find in the wild any more.

The first time I saw pictures of this fish for sale on AquaBid, I though they looked like SAEs on LSD. The colors are amazing when they are adults. Of course I had to have them and I paid up for them. I have never been without a group since. Some of the best information about these fish in the wild can be found here where the well known Indian fish keeper,  Madan Subramanian details his trip to collect them in the wild. It has a lot of pictures and the information about them will surprise most. They behave differently in the wild than in our tanks. http://indianaquariumhobbyist.com/community/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=86&mode=thread&order=1&thold=0

The first information I found on these fish was in an article where the author visited Madan in his home and saw these lovely fish in his tanks. I cannot find this article now, but there is still good info out there by Madan as in the above link..

I sell these fish for about $12 as singles and a group would be less. I have never shipped this species as I usually sell them in person and I do not spawn them (most of what I sell are fish that spawn in my tanks). However, WetSpot in Portland sells them and ships them as well. They currently have 6 tank raised 1.75 inchers for $75 plus shipping here http://www.aquabid.com/cgi-bin/auction/auction.cgi?fwcyprinids&1458319810 I have gotten these fish from a retail seller who buys from their wholesale operation and I was very satisfied with the fish. I got them a couple of years back, I do not think they were TR back then. They were my second group. I know for sure my first group were wild.

As for how they would work with bristlenose...


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« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2016, 10:00:10 PM »

I missed the thinking about getting 10 Red Lines. I also agree that 6-7 should be the right number for your aquarium.
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« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2016, 06:31:32 AM »

I have 6 in my 75 and they are all over. IMO 10 also would be way to many.
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