Boraras brigittae

Discussion in 'Fish' started by SunnyP, 2 Oct 2009.

  1. SunnyP

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    I am planning to replace my Dwarf Neon Rainbows with a shoal of 15-20 Boraras brigittae. Does anyone know any fish store that stocks them in the midlands?
    Also would they survive with bengal loaches? They are very active and curious but have yet to eat any of my amano shrimps.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Ed Seeley

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    I've seen them at a Maidenhead Aquatics - can't remember whether it was the one at West Bridgford, East Bridgford or another one near Nottingham though.
     
  3. Nick16

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    in my 240L tank, i kept them with

    gold barbs
    Harlequins
    Black neons, normal neons
    SAE's
    Platies

    and they just hid all the time, right at the back behind the stems, since then i have removed them and have all my fish in a split 120L tank (im awaiting my new project), i did have them (12 of them) in the 120L all on their own with 2 small clown plecs, and some cherry shrimp, they were fine then swimming all over the tank, they are very timid shy fish.
     
  4. SunnyP

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    Cheers for the replies guys. I am planning to just have them and 2 bristlenose plecs and some amano shrimps so they should be confident enough to behave normal. Seems I may have to travel a bit to get these fish as none of the LFS stock these wicked fish at all.

    Cheers again for the help.
     
  5. SunnyP

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    Experiences with Boraras Brigittae ( Mosquito Rasbora)

    I would like to know if anyone has kept Boraras Brigittae in their tank and their experiences of them as there are mixed opinons on how these fish behave.
     
  6. rawr

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    From reading up on these fish, I think the general opinion is that they are quite shy when kept with anything even as big as a Guppy and prefer to be kept alone or with other fish of a similar small size. I've also heard they shoal well, so keep at least eight preferably more.

    There's a good article in this month's PFK about these fish and other microrasboras if you can get hold of a copy. ;)
     
  7. SunnyP

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    I work in an off license so I've had a good read of the newest PFK mag, its just some LFS I have called have said that they are very active and curious fish and are not shy at all but I trust more of what is said in PFK more than LFS.

    I am planning to house them in my 2ft tank with a couple of plecs and will be densely planted by the time I get them.

    What I really want is some active fish that are small and shoal very well. I like the Neon Tetras but I've just had trouble keeping them alive.
     
  8. andyh

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    Hello

    I have a shoal of 25! They are not timid. I have a video and pics on my kitchen tank journal (page 10 save you looking)
    http://ukaps.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=6782&start=90

    Where in the midlands are you as i have seen them in the following shops in the last week.

    Maidenhead Aquatics Derby (findern)
    Maidenhead Aquatics @ Shirley Nottcutts Garden Cent
    Wharf aquatics (junction 28 M1) Pinxton/Somercotes.
    The Green Machine quite often have them, infact one of their dispaly tanks has approx 50 in they look very cool shoaling.

    They are excellent little fish. If you have not already got this months PFK there is a massive section on them.

    Excellent fish :thumbup:

    Andy
     
  9. SunnyP

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    Hi,

    I'm from Worcester. I rang Aquajardin in Gloucester and said they would have some in two weeks. So i'm going to get them from there as its an amazing shop and I don't have to hassle with ringing other shops

    Andyh, Your 60l tank is out of this world. I can't believe you we're able to fit such a landscape in that tank. You've done an very well for your first aquascape.

    I've read the latest PFK while working in the shop and was quite informative. Quite weird how that fish popped up as a detailed article as I was looking around for shoaling fish for a small tank.
     
  10. a1Matt

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    I bought 20 of these last weekend for my 160l. I am very pleased that I bought them. Will probably add another 20 as they are so tiny. They make my pygmy corydoras look big!!

    They are very active - they like swimming against the high flow I have. Not shy at all - when I put my hand in the tank they carry on swimming around me, and do not hide at all. They eat anything added to the tank, but cyclops seems to be their favourite so far. Takes them about 2 hours to eat through one frozen portion, but they do not stop until it is gone! Great to watch.

    FWIW they share a tank with other small critters. Namely; a shoal of Otos, a shoal of pygmaeus corydoras, and dwarf shrimp (amano + crystal red at the moment).
     
  11. Nick16

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    i didnt say they werent shy in a tank on their own, but when you have them in a big 240L tank like i did, with larger fish such as gold barbs neons, (Juvi) keyholes, (juvi) SAE's they tend to hide alot more, in my 120L they are on their own with 2 clown plecs and some shrimp. I might get some corries in there and maybe some ottos but im having trouble sourcing ottos recently. i went in my local ish MA and they wanted 2.75 each for an otto!! i swear they used to be well under £2. more like £1.50
     
  12. SunnyP

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    I bought 18 for my 60l tank for £24 and are they are doing amazing. they won't stop wandering about as group, following each other in a line. They are hard to see at first but at a closer look there is so much detail to these little critter.

    They really do look like tiny mosquitos.

    Would recommend them to anyone. Want to get hundreds of these guys now.

    Cheers for the advice everyone.
     
  13. john starkey

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    Sunny only lives around the corner from me so popped into see these lovely little fish,
    they are really lovely fish and I will get some when I do my 60cm,
    regards john.
     
  14. SunnyP

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    I'm little trouble feeding these critters at the moment. I've tried Tetra Pro Color, flake food and frozen cyclops but only some are taking to them.

    Any ideas welcomed.
     
  15. Ed Seeley

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    Baby brine shrimp. I've never known a small to medium fish not gorge on them.
     
  16. YzemaN

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    I fed mine this wonderful stuff:
    Red Granular Crumb Grade 3
    Once I started feeding them this they would rarely take anything else.
     
  17. andyh

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    Mine eat the Tetra Pro colour no problem, just crush up the wafers a little. :thumbup:
     
  18. Nick16

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    i started mine on tetra baby, (very fine flake) and then when they got used to that i crushed up some flake and now i just put whole lumps of flake in and they munch it down!

    i also have amy own food recipie, i take

    aquarian tropical flake
    tetra prima
    tetra pro veg
    3 types of sinking pellets (inc algae pellets)
    bloodworm powder
    some tetra baby

    and i just blend it all together into a fine powder, the small small tub i have of it has lasted me ages and the fish get the perfect diet, a nice mix of everything. Then i just supplement with some live or frozen food every week or so.
     
  19. SunnyP

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    Cheers for the advice.

    I tried to crush the Tetra Pro Colour crisps up into finer pieces which worked well on some of them. I also added some cyclops and brine shrimp to the mix and found that some wanted cyclops, some on the pro colour and couple trying the brine shrimp.

    They must have been a bit skittish the other day. I think i may have lost a couple since they have been introduced. I couldn't see the loaches stomach any bigger than usual but I have been starving them as I have had a snail outburst and they are not doing their job.
     
  20. a1Matt

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    I think I mentioned in a previous post mine go crazy for cyclops.
    They also like aquarian flake and tetra prima - they seem to prefer these crushed up.
    They were not as interested in Brine Shrimp or algae pellets - they eat a little, but leave most of it.
    They ignore cucumber completely (which is fine by me as I put it in for the otocinclus anyway).

    Hope that helps.
     

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