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I'm thinking of using Torpedo Barbs as the dithers in my next setup. Anybody have experience with them?
 

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Hi Rigo,

I assume you are talking about Puntius denisonii (Roseline Shark). They are a great fish with amazing colors and are endemic to certain areas of India (which I find interesting). They like to be in groups to reduce con-specific aggression typical with low numbers of barbs.

I introduced young Puntius denisonii, 2" - 3', with a full grown Geo Altifron and he ate one the first night together (they were longer than the skirt tetras he lives with, but their slender body I believe made them an easier target). I assume he ate it as I was not able to find it around the tank (i.e. did not jump). I separated them, but do plan to reintroduce them with the Geo once they reach a larger size. I have seen full grown Puntius denisonii and to me they look large enough, fast enough and robust enough to be a good dither (depending on what you want to keep them with).

What cichlids to you plan to keep with them?

I think the biggest concerns with keeping them as a dither would be their cost. They are typically an expensive fish; therefore, keeping them as a dither could put an expensive fish at risk.

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Are they very expensive? I didn't know, I was just lookin through the profiles of fish I could use as dithers and liked them a lot. I like their colors, and their adult size, and they also look like their fast too. I was planning on putting some in my next setup with a couple pairs of cichlids in a 75. All cichlids that stay relatively small
 

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exodons,fast, colorful,semi nasty,great to have with bigger nastier cichlids.They will even nip my convicts if they venture into their top half of the tank.You should have at least 6 because they never stop moving and constantly chase after each other.
Just another option.
 

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Buenos Aires Tetra (Hyphessobrycon anisitsi) I just picked up a group of three for a pair of jds that are getting to spawn. They're fast enough and have a pretty decent size. Color is probably the downfall but they look better then danios imo and not to expensive.
 

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Rigo said:
Are they very expensive?
At LFSs in my area they are typically $20 each; however, the petsmart near me started carrying them for around $6.

If you are doing smaller cichlids (like sijca or rainbows), I think adult roselines would work well. In a 75g a group of roselines might even steal the show.

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I thought about the Buenos Aires Tetra at first, they are a nice choice and reasonably priced. I saw a profile of the Roselines on some site and love there color plus the sites profile for them said they can reach 6". I had never heard of nor seen the Exodons before but they look nice, what do they usually run at LFS? And the species I was planning on keeping them with are Sajicas, Cutteri, HRP something in that size range.
 

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I am not sure I would not keep exodons with the cichlids you are talking about. Those guys are crazy.


I think they would nip the fins of your cichlids, they have gnarly teeth. I think they are a better option (or perhaps the only smaller dither option) for more aggressive cichlids like RD/Midas.

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I had know idea!! The dude look kinda nasty. Now I really want some!! How big do they get, can't find much info on them.
 

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I have not seen these exodons that look very interesting.
 

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Anybody ever try Bleeding Heart Tetra as dithers, I always liked them in my community tanks before I got into cichlids. They are pretty quick and deep bodied, so a cichlids would probably be pretty big to prey on them and I'm only lookin for smaller to medium cichlids for this setup.
 

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Hi Rigo,

I use skirt tetras with pretty good success. Same body shape as bleeding hearts, and the body shape is key. My large Geo will occasionally take a swipe at them and they just turn sideways to defend his attack.

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Yeah, body shape probably makes a difference. I think I'm gonna try the Bleeding Hearts first soon as I can get this setup started. Unless anyone else have a suggestion they think is better?
 

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Columbian (very nice looking) and Buenos Aires are the best large bodied Tetras IME. They get to almost 3". Best kept in schools of at least six.

I have two Roseline sharks I got very cheap. They used to fight but get along now. But as with all Barbs do better in larger groups. As said earlier, they are usually about $20 each if you can find them at LFS

My CA tank has Black Ruby Barbs which I like alot.

....Bill
 
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