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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2008 11:49 am Post subject: Minimum tanksize for schooling? Reply with quote

 Hi
 is  there  is  a  minimum  size  of  tank  or  ratio  of  Fish  size  :  tank  size  that  should  be  met  to  allow  schooling  behavior  of  fish?
 
 I  was  thinking  of  cardinals  in  a  3  feet  tank,  but  information  on  other  species  may  also  be  helpful
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2008 12:05 pm Post subject: Re: Minimum tanksize for schooling? Reply with quote

 Dear  Unni
 For  scooling  fish,  ideal  set  up  should  be  at  the  ratio  of  1  :  10(  Volume  )
 As  fer  as  fish  are  concern  besides  cardinal  you  can  keep  Rasboras  of  differnt  spcs.,  mountain  menows  and  small  tetras  of  your  choice.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2008 12:09 pm Post subject: Re: Minimum tanksize for schooling? Reply with quote

                                                   
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Dear  Unni
 For  scooling  fish,  ideal  set  up  should  be  at  the  ratio  of  1  :  10(  Volume  )
                 

 
 You  mean  I  can  keep  only  five  Cardinals  in  a  50  Gallon  Tank?  Sad
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2008 1:03 pm Post subject: Re: Minimum tanksize for schooling? Reply with quote

 Unni,
 
 50  Gallons  =  roughly  220  Litres  of  water,  You  can  Keep  around  15  Cardinals....  ,  but  cardinals  are   not  a  very  good  schooling  fish,  it  tends  to  be  shy  or  hide  most  of  the  time  or  if  someone  goes  near  to  the  Tank,  i  would  suggest  15  Harlequin  Rasboras  or  Rummy  Nose.  they  are  the  best..
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2008 1:45 pm Post subject: Re: Minimum tanksize for schooling? Reply with quote

                                                   
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   Harlequin  Rasboras  
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 When  I  inquired  about  availability  of  Rasboras  the  LFS  guy  looked  at  me  blankly  and  then  asked  me  to  spell  it  for  him  Smile
 
 To  be  fair  he  took  down  the  name  in  writing  and  promised  to  check  availability  with  his  supplier  from  Calcutta
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2008 4:35 pm Post subject: Re: Minimum tanksize for schooling? Reply with quote

 There  is  NO  ratio  of  schooling  fish  to  water  volume!
 
 This  topic  has  been  discussed  in  detail  on  this  forum  before.  Fish  will  school  if  they  feel  threatened.  Fish  that  feel  secure  will  disperse  to  forage.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2008 4:42 pm Post subject: Re: Minimum tanksize for schooling? Reply with quote

 Unni,
 
 Check  with  Kiran  Koppikar  from  Coimbatore   or  Suraj  (nature_lover),  they  usually  have  the  stock  ,  check  old  posts  ,  their  Nos  will  be  there..   Thumb Up  
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2008 5:05 pm Post subject: Re: Minimum tanksize for schooling? Reply with quote

 Hi  Unni,
 
 I  have  seen  few  H.Rasbaro's  and  black  phantoms  at  Karthiks  place  yesterday.   You  could  also  check  with  him.  His  no:9886500878
 
 And  also  the  tank  size  would  entirely  depend  on  the  variety  of  fish  and  no:'s  you  want  to  keep.  I  had  8  dario  dario  in  a  1'*9"*8"  tank.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2008 6:18 pm Post subject: Re: Minimum tanksize for schooling? Reply with quote

 I  dont  think  schooling  depends  on  the  size  of  the  tank,  i  have  11  Cardinals,  12  Harlequins  &  6  Black  Phantoms  in  my  36*18*18  heavily  planted  tank  and  they  are  just  loving  it!!!   Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2008 11:55 am Post subject: Re: Minimum tanksize for schooling? Reply with quote

 Rahul  is  bang  on.  Thumb Up  
 Schooling  is  a  defensive  mechanism,  fish  will  school  when  they  are  frightened,  as  soon  as  they  feel  safe  the  school  will  disperse.
 Fish  will  school  in  a  small  tank  if  they  feel  threatned.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2008 12:16 pm Post subject: Re: Minimum tanksize for schooling? Reply with quote

 Thanks  Rahul  and  Sandeep  to  identify  reasons  accoount  for   the  schooling  behavior
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2008 11:26 pm Post subject: Re: Minimum tanksize for schooling? Reply with quote

 Hi  Unni,
 
 36*12*12  can  be  a  good  size  tank  for  most  of  the  small  and  medium  size  fishes.
 Its  much  easy  to  maintain.
 Stocking  depend  on  the  size  and  type  of  fish  you  keep.
 Small  to  medium  size  barbs  &  tetras  with  medium  planted  will  be  good  sight  to  watch.
 
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 12:12 am Post subject: Re: Minimum tanksize for schooling? Reply with quote

 Unni,
 
 IME  cardinal  tetras  are  not  great  schoolers,  but  stunning  to  look  at.
 
 For  tight  schooling  fish,  rasboras  have  always  lived  upto  my  expectation.  
 
 If  you  are  looking  for  rasboras,  Suraj  has  them  in  stock,  and  you  can  call  him  on  09843338888.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 7:35 am Post subject: Re: Minimum tanksize for schooling? Reply with quote

 @  Rahul,  @Sandeep
 Thanks  for  the  answer.  It  was  this  article  on  the  net  that  prompted  question.  That  seems  to  suggest  that  you  need  a  large  tank  for  schooling.
 
 @  Rahul
 I  had  searched  through  the  forums  before  posting  that  question.  I  will  search  more  diligently  next  time  that  i  post  a  question.
 
 
 @  nytyn  @  Iqbal  @  Seetharam  @surya  @  Raghu
 
 Thank  you  for  the  replies.  I  have  just  ordered  my  tank.  So  it  will  be  some  time  before  its  setup  and  cycled.  Thanks  for  all  the  suggestions.
 
 I  think  I  will  setup  the  tank  and  fishes  and  leave  it  for  the  fish  to  decide  whether  they  want  to  school  or  not  Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 8:21 am Post subject: Re: Minimum tanksize for schooling? Reply with quote

 I  agree  with  rahul,
 
 In  my  tanks  all  the  so  called  schooling  fishes  (Cardinals,  Rummy  etc)  disperse.  They  school  together  only  during  my  weekly  water  change  or  when  I  am  maintaining  my  plants.
 
 So  in  fact  if  your  fishes  are  schooling  in  your  aquarium  then  something  is  not  alright.
 
 e.g:  If  you  have  a  open  tank  or  a  tank  with  less  plant  cover  then  Cardinals  will  school  in  the  presence  of  large  Angels.
 
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