Fish Identification. Can you help?

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Fish Identification. Can you help?

Postby getdexter » Wed Jul 22, 2015 9:24 am

My friend gave me this fish last week and I can't find out what species they are. Can anyone help me?

Any recommendations for any cool small fish that could go in a bigger tank with these?

Thanks,

Mark

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Re: Fish Identification. Can you help?

Postby Carylnz » Thu Jul 23, 2015 9:56 am

I think the two at the front are tetras of some sort but I am concerned they are modified, or dyed, to get that colour along the top of their body.
The middle one is a molly I think and the back ones are tiger barbs.
What size tank are they in now and has it just been set up?
What larger size do you plan to get?
Without this information we can't offer suggestions for tank mates although the tetras are all schooling fish and do best in a group of 6 or more of the same species.
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Re: Fish Identification. Can you help?

Postby getdexter » Fri Jul 24, 2015 8:14 am

Thanks for the reply. I think the colour is what confused me when I tried to find out doing searches. I can't see a lot of red or green ones and even the red ones appear to be slightly different colours, like one is red and one is pink. Oh well, I will try not to get mutant fish in the future!

I'm not sure how big the current tank is, I'd describe it more as a small plastic bowl with a small electric filter than sticks on the inside. From a very cheap pet shop down a back street in Dubai.

I was thinking maybe a 10 gallon tank. Would you put about 10 fish in one of those?
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Re: Fish Identification. Can you help?

Postby Carylnz » Fri Jul 24, 2015 10:07 am

There is a lot to consider when buying an aquarium and choosing the inhabitants.
Surface area is often more critical than volume. Eg. you can put more fish in a shallower wide aquarium than in a tall narrow one.
Faster moving fish need larger aquariums so they do not hurt themselves hitting the glass ends.
Not sure what size 10 gallons is (and if you mean Imperial or US gallons) but assume it is quite small and too small for many species.
The tiger barbs alone need a minimum 75L (20 gallons?) for 6 of them.
I would suggest, for a nice community freshwater tank, 120L, or 3ft tank minimum.
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Re: Fish Identification. Can you help?

Postby getdexter » Sat Jul 25, 2015 1:51 pm

Thanks a lot for your advice. I will consider buying a bigger aquarium. My immediate thought was just to get something more substantial than the current bowl but maybe it's better to get a more serious one.
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Re: Fish Identification. Can you help?

Postby Carylnz » Sun Jul 26, 2015 8:28 am

I always suggest people buy the biggest they can afford or fit in the space.
Larger aquariums are actually a lot easier to look after than smaller ones and the choice of inhabitants a lot greater.
If something goes wrong you have more time to pick up on the problem and find a solution before things get out of hand and/or fish die.
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