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Do Goldfish and Rasbora's make good tankmates?
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LittleMsBrian
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PostPosted: 2009.01.28(Wed)20:26    Post subject: Do Goldfish and Rasbora's make good tankmates? Reply with quote

I bought 5 Harlequin Rasbora's and one of them is deformed. He is blind in one eye and missing a fin. Not to mention he is darkish black and the 4 others are white. He gets left out of the group and I feel bad for him. I was wondering if I move him to my big tank with 2 small Ryukin goldfish, if maybe he will be happier becuase he won't be blatantly ignored by his own kind. But do they make good tank mates. Would it make a difference or not?
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Devon Greatwolf
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PostPosted: 2009.01.30(Fri)4:28    Post subject: Reply with quote

First off the is nothing wrong with a physically challenged fish. Many of my longest lived and most engaging piscine pals have had or do have diabilities. I would worry about the temp requirement differences for the fish in question. See here:
http://www.aquahobby.com/gallery/e_rasbora.php
and here:
http://www.aquahobby.com/gallery/e_goldf.php
Also if your Ras Hets are "white" this is definitely not right as there color form should be a deep copper with "velvet-like" black triangles. The lightening of their color could be due to strees/illness... or could be due to "wash-out" from light colored substrate.

Please post futher info on your tank such as size, other inhabitants, plants, substrate, temp, water parameters, light and so forth and I or someone should be able to help you ASAP. Good luck and PEACE
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LittleMsBrian
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PostPosted: 2009.01.30(Fri)13:53    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I didn't mean all white. They do have the color you mentioned but the injured fish is darker than the rest which was my only point. I've decided to leave him in his current tank now because they swim somewhat together. Although he leaves the group more frequently he seems to feel comfortable there. My only concern now is that he isn't eating like the others. I'm not sure if he is losing sight in his other eye. He swims excited like he knows there is food but he never goes to the top to catch any flakes as the other fish do.
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