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|Hummingbird Tetra/Darter Characin|
Kind of a Big Deal
I'm planning my empty 38 gallon as a rainbowfish tank -- probably either threadfins or Pseudomugil signifer -- and I was looking for something a bit different as a bottom fish. The plan for the tank is a lot of driftwood and rockwork, with tall plants around the perimeter plus some clumps throughout the tank and smaller foreground plants just about everywhere, like maybe some smaller anubias or something. There will be lots of open space to accommodate the rainbows, and I've heard that these guys like it too.
|Posted 22-Dec-2007 21:55|
Ive never owned one or seen one before, but all i know is that they should be in groups of 5+ or only one as i heard they are agressive to each other if not kept in groups, kind of like the other tetras. You probably know this though........
Good luck, and keep us posted. Also, maybe, if you could, have some pix to show us!
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|Posted 23-Dec-2007 00:40|
I've just gotten one for the library tank that I maintain. He's only the second I've ever had: a tiny little guy who shows no aggressiveness to any other fish. I had trouble getting him home safey, though, because he kept fainting -- he'd show every sign of going unconscius from shock when he was netted, put into the bag, and again when he was poured out of the bag. I fully expected him to die, but at the moment he seems to be doing well. This suggests that -- like Rummy-Noses -- they may be highly susceptible to shock and should be carefully handled during transit.
They used to be moderately common in the stores around here, but this is the first I've seen in a long time. They're rather charming; they look exactly like miniature Mudskippers and hop around on the bottom in the same way.
|Posted 23-Dec-2007 02:33|
I'm more familiar with another charachin that goes by a similar name: Poecilocharax weitzmani. They are quite active and peaceable, and I'd recommend them for your tank setup in a heartbeat.
|Posted 04-Jan-2008 03:42|
|Posted 04-Jan-2008 03:42|
*Ultimate Fish Guru*
Aren't Poecilocharax weitzmani exclusively live food eaters?
Only last time I made enquiries about this species here on the board, I was told they were a species to avoid unless I could keep them supplied with round the clock live foods.
|Posted 07-Jan-2008 08:47|
I have a hummingbird darter and it doesn't eat any different than my other fish.
It certainly acts different, I've never seen a fish hover before, it's really cool. It also seems to love to swim with my 4 gold barbs.
The only time I saw "aggression" was when my guppy had babies.
|Posted 29-Jan-2012 19:17|
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