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post #1 of 18 Old 02-04-2013, 11:05 PM Thread Starter
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55 Gallon Tank Suggestions

I started out with a 10 gallon tank and had 10 tiger barbs in it as well as a pleco that has gotten pretty big. I knew that they were going to get bigger and I planned on getting a bigger tank. so i finally got a 55 gallon tank and set it up and bought some more fish to go in it. I ended up getting 4 electric yellow cichlids, 1 convict, 2 small blue zebra cichlids and 2 larger blue zebra cichlids, 2 small plecos, two other fish I'm not sure what they are as well as 5 tiger barbs but the guy at the LFS gave them to me for free (tigers barbs and the 2 larger fish) since i have bought quite a few things from him. I will attach some pictures so someone might be able to tell me what they are. I ended up adding the rest of the tiger barbs to the tank and they get along fine. im up for suggestions as far as if i should add something else to the tank and what i should do with the 10 gallon tank. maybe move some of the barbs back to the 10 gallon tank and add something else in the 55? or leave everything in the 55 do something else with the 10? or add more to the 55 and set up something else in the 10? any suggestions are welcome.

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post #2 of 18 Old 02-04-2013, 11:20 PM
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Wow them pics are HUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGE! I had to zoom waaaaaaay out to see them!

Anyway..........Nice tank........
what lighting are you running on it?

as per your question regarding the barbs and the 10G. No, i Definitely would Not put any back into the 10G tank.....its Way too small for them for any period of time!

from your story im guessing the tank is brand new set up and had all them fish put right into it? That would concern me a little as the tank hasnt had any time to establish the bacteria needed to keep your ammonia, nitrite and nitrate levels in check. Are yopu testing for these btw? What are the numbers?
Added to which you have no live plants in the tank to help with these, only plastic from what i can see, and so i would be even more concerned.
You can help this along btw if you grab some gravel from the 10G, put it into ladies tights, and put this in the 55G as it lives in/on surfaces etc within the tank and this will help boost the growth of it in new tank.

I cant guess on fish compatability etc from what you've got as cichlids really aren't my thing, but i would defo want to find out what the 2 unknown fish are, and consider in the future NOT getting fish you dont even know the names of, never mind the needs!

Added to the above, are you aware of your water parameters with regards to ph, gh and kh? these are very relevant when deciding upon stocking your tank, as different fish need different types of water in order to maintain long term health.

films Dl'd now........good luck.......and post us as much info as you can!
Oh, and more normal sized pictures!

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post #3 of 18 Old 02-04-2013, 11:29 PM Thread Starter
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sry about the pics ill try to get smaller ones up. as far as the tank, its set up and there is one live plant in there for now (will get more soon). they have been in there for a little over a week now and all the water levels are good. i will add more decor soon to give them more hiding space.
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post #4 of 18 Old 02-04-2013, 11:37 PM Thread Starter
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and the light is a marine-glo blue bulb
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post #5 of 18 Old 02-05-2013, 12:24 AM Thread Starter
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****the two fish that i was unsure of are gouramis...i ended up calling the guy at the LFS and he told me what they were
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post #6 of 18 Old 02-05-2013, 02:11 AM
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What type? Whatever they are though, they are Not a good mix with the tiger barbs for sure, and likely not with most of the others too!
gouramis- slow sedate peaceful
TB's - fast, active nippy semi aggressive.

Depending on their type though....they MIGHT be able to go in the 10G. You'd definitely need to know the EXACT species though. This LFS guy doesnt sound too great btw.....

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post #7 of 18 Old 02-05-2013, 08:48 AM Thread Starter
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one is a honey gourami and the other one is a dwarf
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post #8 of 18 Old 02-05-2013, 09:03 AM Thread Starter
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here a some good pics

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post #9 of 18 Old 02-05-2013, 09:15 AM Thread Starter
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as of right now the water levels are:

Nitrate is between the 0 and 20
Nitrite is 0
hardness 75
Alkalinity between 80 and 120
pH is right about 7.2

ive been monitoring it for a while now and will continue to as i add plants
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post #10 of 18 Old 02-06-2013, 11:39 AM
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I'm sorry to say you have some problems with the stocking, which I will explain.

All fish have specific preferences when it comes to water parameters. WP refer to the mineral hardness which we term GH (general hardness) and the related bicarbonate hardness (KH or sometimes Alkalinity), and the pH [whether the water is acidic or basic]. Temperature is also a WP but we can control that. So first, you should determine what comes out of your tap. The GH and Alkalinity should remain much the same in the aquarium, so the numbers given of GH 75 and KH 80-120 presumably fro the tank water are probably close to the tap. These numbers must be in ppm, so the GH at 75ppm is roughly 4 dGH, which is very soft. And here we come to the first problem.

The rift lake cichlids you have are very hard water fish. They will not be healthy in such soft water. I strongly suggest you return them ASAP. They are also not compatible with any of the other fish mentioned, so this will solve that problem too.

The Tiger Barb, gourami, pleco are all soft water fish, so they will be at home in your tap water. Plants are a good idea, but here the light is a problem. The plants will not last long under this blue light. You want a fluorescent tube with a more balanced spectrum of red, blue and green light. We refer to this as Daylight, and tubes with a Kelvin rating between 5000K and 7000K will provide this. Around 6500K is best, and you can buy these in hardware stores for a few dollars. What type of fixture do you have? There are T8 and T5, they each take different type tubes so we need to know which. If you look on one end of the blue tube it will (should) say.

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