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well usually when it hits around 6 inches or so it may be ready, Some studies say that they can grow to 5 inches in a matter of 8 months.
So before you know it they will be ready :smile:
 

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after 6" there growth rate slows down big time. Of course every fish is different and it also depends on what kind of diet they are on, tank size water parameters and a bunch of other variables.
 

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so there's a possibility that a rbp will stay at 6in depending on the diet. what do you think, am planning to feed it mealworm, superworm, crickets?
 

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MPower said:
Not only diet, but space. The bigger the tank, the larger it will grow.
I don't think tank size and fish size are related: fish will continue to grow, no matter what tank size (although their growth probably does get stunted), but in general cramped fish are rather unhealthy, lethargic, and unhappy (stressed...), and don't get very old......
 

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Judazzz said:
MPower said:
Not only diet, but space. The bigger the tank, the larger it will grow.
I don't think tank size and fish size are related: fish will continue to grow, no matter what tank size (although their growth probably does get stunted), but in general cramped fish are rather unhealthy, lethargic, and unhappy (stressed...), and don't get very old......
I have always been under the impression that tank size stunts growth. I do not think the restrictions are as stringent as some of these "20g per fish" loyalists think but it definalty exists. The red bellys in the Mouse Video are around 8-9 inches now and it has been a year and a half.

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Both of my rbp's are only 1 1/2 months old now and are at 2+ inches. they are all alone in a little 10 gallon and seem to be doing great. how long till I should think about buying a 55 gallon or more ? anyone ?
 

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Jonas said:
Both of my rbp's are only 1 1/2 months old now and are at 2+ inches. they are all alone in a little 10 gallon and seem to be doing great. how long till I should think about buying a 55 gallon or more ? anyone ?
I kept a couple of very small (1" give or take) reds in a 10 gallon when I just started, and within one and a half month, I had only one left...
I'd buy a larger tank (30+ gallons) asap, because they can turn against each other for no apparant reason, even though there seems to be no agressive behaviour at all. 10 gallons is simply too small, even for just two small reds.
On eother thing: I advise you to get at least one more redbelly: when you only have two, the dominant one will often bully, and eventually kill the other one: they can only vent their agression on each other, so it's only a matter of time until one kills the other. Getting at least one more makes sure that agression is distributed more evenly.

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