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list the fastest and slowest growing commonly kept fish

Discussion in 'General Freshwater' started by Hans, Mar 31, 2004.

  1. Hans

    Hans I will eat your fish.

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    i would say
    slowest growing: bala sharks, calvus, hmm, actualy thats about all i can think of right now

    fastest: oscars! live bearer youths, pacu, silver dollar!
     
  2. mogurnda

    mogurnda vaguely present

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    another contender, fastest: tinfoil barbs
     
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    daveedka Purple is the color of Royalty

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    Hybrid Sunfish :laugh: :laugh: O.K. As far as aquarium fish, I would have to say Oscars, TF barbs, or maybe Tiger shovelnose. Slowest growing, I don't really know, but I have had some blue gourami's that never seemed to change size in less than a couple of years.
     
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    fastest growing feeder goldfish
    slowest clown loaches
     
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    Fastest: peacock bass, may not be a commonly kept aquarium fish, but several LFS around me stock them, and I've sucessfully kept them.
    Slowest: hillstream loach (butterfly loach), I've had mine for 2 months now and I've never even seen them eat. I've heard that they are not, in fact algae eaters, and if they were, I don't even have any algae in my tank.
     
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    Shekoi Trying to start up again

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    Fastest i've had are goldfish and danios (fry to adult).

    hillstream loaches don't grow fat at all. they love algae tablets and i wet flakes before putting them in tank so they sink, then the loaches swim around jumping on the flakes and eating them, it's fun to watch.
     
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    Lila Boston!

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    I've had a bristlenose pleco that's grown a 1/4 inch in over one year. He's on my list of slow.



    Lila;)
     
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    Hans I will eat your fish.

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    why dont places sell native american fish? are they too ugly?
     
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    As a rule, most places you go in the world (with a few exceptions) You won't see native fish in the aquarium hobby. I don't know why but that just seems to be the way of it Some American fish are absolutely georgeous, but most that I have kept are far to big and messy for my tanks. The channel cat is a good example, and probably one of the few you will see in pet stores. I have kept Bluegill bass, catfish. and even minnows and chubs. Not much color, mean fish, and most except for minnows and chubs get too big. I've always thought it would be fun to try Golden or Blue shiners since they get pretty and don't get too big.
     
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    Perhaps because the market demand is overwhelmingly in favor of tropical fish as opposed to coldwater, LFS' do not wish to stock as many "American" fish, since most regions in the US are not tropical (are any? dont know my US geography- Slipknottin, what are the US southern latitudes)??? Just an idea anyway...maybe a bit far fetched
     
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