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i'm wanting a school of rainbows to add to my new tank. i really love their colors and tiny heads. but which kind will be best? i also need tips from people who have kept these before. unfortunately most of the rainbows i've seen around here go for $10, and i'm not keen on spending $100 for a school of 10. are there possibly any generally cheaper ones?

my water is hard and basic, and the tank will be 79 degrees. it's a 75 gallon.
 

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I'm keeping forktail rainbows. I got them at the LFS during a half-off sale--- otherwise, like you say, super expensive. Aquatic Arts has them for somewhat lower prices, still not cheap: . I ordered plants from them and was happy with the results, haven't done fish though.
 

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I have Bosemani rainbows, cheapest I've seen so far, but they're $10 each
 
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Hnaef said:
I'm keeping forktail rainbows. I got them at the LFS during a half-off sale--- otherwise, like you say, super expensive. Aquatic Arts has them for somewhat lower prices, still not cheap: . I ordered plants from them and was happy with the results, haven't done fish though.
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I have Bosemani rainbows, cheapest I've seen so far, but they're $10 each
that's a shame. i really want these guys, but i don't even think i want to pay $60 for a group of 6. maybe (hopefully) i'll see some good deals at my LFS later on.
 

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firesflightt said:
that's a shame. i really want these guys, but i don't even think i want to pay $60 for a group of 6. maybe (hopefully) i'll see some good deals at my LFS later on.
Keep in mind, with rainbows, you don’t need 6 of each kind. You can get by on just a couple of each. Just so long as you end up with a decent sized school. As long as you have 6-8 of the same “body shape” you should be good. Just don’t try to breed different species.
 
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LeahsTank said:
Keep in mind, with rainbows, you don’t need 6 of each kind. You can get by on just a couple of each. Just so long as you end up with a decent sized school. As long as you have 6-8 of the same “body shape” you should be good. Just don’t try to breed different species.
oh really? that's cool! i'll look into that. i'm a big fan of boesemani and turquoise, if i can ever find a good deal i'll look into that
 

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firesflightt said:
oh really? that's cool! i'll look into that. i'm a big fan of boesemani and turquoise, if i can ever find a good deal i'll look into that
Also consider threadfins. Although, they are a different body shape, so they won’t really school together. I only have two and they seem ok, but I want more! They are amazing. I don’t remember what I pad for mine. But I will add to them as room in my tank opens up. Sadly, I am way overstocked at the moment.
 

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Yes rainbows are one of the few fish that will school across different species.
firesflightt said:
oh really? that's cool! i'll look into that. i'm a big fan of boesemani and turquoise, if i can ever find a good deal i'll look into that
Find a petco where they'll never get sold, have them order some fish for you. Wait 5 months then they half the prices. (Totally joking by the way, that would be majorly frowned upon)
 

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I currently keep Boesemani and Turquoise bows (3 of each).

In a 75 gallon tank you could totally keep 8-10 Melanotaenia (Personally I would do 2 boesemani, 2 Turquoise, 2 Red Iranian, 2 Axelrodi (yellow), and 2 Coen River).
In addition to that you could have a school of 15-20 Pseudomugil (Blue-eye) rainbows, I personally like the Furcata (forktails) and Gertrudae (Spotted).

Be weary of where and what kind of Boesemani you buy. There are multiple strains and they won't all color up the same.

Also, no... they are not cheap. If you find them cheap... you should be wondering why they're cheap and steer clear, as there is no shortage of demand for rainbows.
 
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as much as i love them, i don't have that much money to spare on them. i guess i'll have to look at something else
 

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Another option is to ask about rainbow breeders here.

I trust the quality of what I buy here from other hobbyists much more than a big box store or a random ebay seller.

You may find someone who breeds them here who might give you a break if you really want them.
 

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Oh his fish are beautiful, I would highly recommend him and I'm pretty sure the pair he bred was wild caught. That means your fry would be some first strain rainbows
 
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i live in oklahoma, and i'm not sure if there are any aquarium clubs or breeders near me. i kinda want to shy away from ordering online.

i remember there was this LFS i saw that had a whole bunch of cichlids, maybe i could go check that out. but most likely they won't have them any cheaper.
 

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firesflightt said:
i live in oklahoma, and i'm not sure if there are any aquarium clubs or breeders near me. i kinda want to shy away from ordering online.

i remember there was this LFS i saw that had a whole bunch of cichlids, maybe i could go check that out. but most likely they won't have them any cheaper.
I've never had a fish die that I've ordered online. Have had 5 die from LFS. Just some food for thought.

Finding a group would take a little research.

My Cockatoo dwarf cichlids were 17.50 a piece. Double the amount of any rainbow I've ever bought.
 

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You have access to much better quality fish if you go through local breeders or breeders online. I rarely have deaths with those I buy directly and I see the full lifespan of the fish which is generally half to 3/4 for store bought.

PM sent btw
 

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Here's a good way to look at ordering online if you're worried. An lfs will not be hard pressed to buy and sell the healthiest fish as they can take losses. A breeder with a live arrival guarantee though, will want to send you the healthiest fish they can because they can't take the loss of replacing it for you as well as an lfs would
 

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Haven't used Sarcasm Included personally, but the next fish I buy will be from him. Even waiting for them to be ready. He seems to know his stuff.
 
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the problem is that i am under my parents' roof, and they have a thing against ordering online, unless it's amazon or ebay. i'll see if i can reason with them. i also don't make my own money (i would if i could) so i can't afford a whole lot.

sorry that i'm being a bother, if it were up to me, i would order online.
 

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firesflightt said:
the problem is that i am under my parents' roof, and they have a thing against ordering online, unless it's amazon or ebay. i'll see if i can reason with them. i also don't make my own money (i would if i could) so i can't afford a whole lot.

sorry that i'm being a bother, if it were up to me, i would order online.
Totally understand, I have the exact same situation here. So I just ask my grandparent that live a mile up the road to order them, then I smuggle them home after school
 
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