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Adding to a community tank
Old 08-25-2011, 05:00 PM   #1
 
Adding to a community tank

Hey all
I hope this is the right place to ask this question..

I may wanting to add to my community tank.... And am after some suggestions on what fish would work well and suit.

My current stock is...
crown loach x4
zebar or polka dot loach (not to sure) x2
Black Ghost knife x1
red tailed shark x1
silver shark x1
Bristlenosed Catfish (sucker fish) x2
Kribensis (kirb) (Has a red belly) x1

All the fish are very small, and when to begin to out grow the tank and space, i will re-home them!

Any more suggestions?? im after fish that are pleasing to the eye! hahaha
I was thinking maybe a few barbs??

whats your thoughts?

Its a lightly planted tank.. (working on increasing) and is about 290L tank. (76ish gal)

Thanks
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Old 08-25-2011, 05:05 PM   #2
 
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Hey all
I hope this is the right place to ask this question..

I may wanting to add to my community tank.... And am after some suggestions on what fish would work well and suit.

My current stock is...
crown loach x4
zebar or polka dot loach (not to sure) x2
Black Ghost knife x1
red tailed shark x1
silver shark x1
Bristlenosed Catfish (sucker fish) x2
Kribensis (kirb) (Has a red belly) x1

All the fish are very small, and when to begin to out grow the tank and space, i will re-home them!

Any more suggestions?? im after fish that are pleasing to the eye! hahaha
I was thinking maybe a few barbs??

whats your thoughts?

Its a lightly planted tank.. (working on increasing) and is about 290L tank. (76ish gal)

Thanks


When you say "crown loach" do you mean Clown Loach? cause they need a bigger group of like 7-9

and silver shark? could this be a bala shark? they need to be in shoals of 6 or more

Im not sure about any of your other fish and what might go well, just wanted to give you some information on what i did know, more people will post and read what they have to say

Hope this helps!
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Old 08-25-2011, 05:06 PM   #3
 
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And something you need to read about the Red tailed Shark




"Compatibility/Temperament: Not a general community fish especially for beginners. Very aggressive with its own species (it probably lived in solitude except when breeding) and as it matures is often aggressive with other fish especially those resembling it and those with vertical stripes. Should be kept solitary (one fish per tank) with carefully-selected tankmates like the larger barbs and rasbora. Bottom fish (loaches and most catfish) should not be included with this species."
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Old 08-25-2011, 05:10 PM   #4
 
Sorry, yes i ment Clown loach. And i think it is a Bala... i have never seen able to find the real name! thanks

All these fish have been together for at least 3 years now, with no problem!! The sharks get along great with other tank mates!! Unless they change in temperament.. im not going to change them! The Bala and red tailed shark usually "hang" together!
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Old 08-25-2011, 05:14 PM   #5
 
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Sorry, yes i ment Clown loach. And i think it is a Bala... i have never seen able to find the real name! thanks

All these fish have been together for at least 3 years now, with no problem!! The sharks get along great with other tank mates!! Unless they change in temperament.. im not going to change them! The Bala and red tailed shark usually "hang" together!
Well i would advise at looking at the Tropical Fish profiles, its at the top 2 tab from the left, it will give you information on what ever fish your looking for information on, also when a word is shaded you can click on the shaded name to read up about it and most of them will have pictures of the fish in their Profiles
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Old 08-25-2011, 05:15 PM   #6
 
the first real question is the re housing. Do you have another tank for them? You could very well stunt their growth keeping in that tank at any stage and that just not fair on the fish, going forward just dont but fish that are too big for you tank, let alone 6-8 of them.

Also what filtration are you using, tank size is not always the most important thing, Ill base my advice on the basis that you have bought a filter capable of running your tank quite well.

At least 5 x Clown Loach are recommended in a group.
Black Ghost Knife Fish only eats live or frozen foods, no flakes. Need a well planted tank with lots of hiding places.
Black Ghost Knife Fish is not recommended for your tank - it may eventually outgrow your tank space, potentially reaching up to 18 inches.
At least 5 x Bala Shark are recommended in a group.
Kribensis may become food for Bala Sharks.
Bristlenose Pleco needs driftwood.
At least 3xPolka Dot Loach are recommended in a group
To be honest I would be looking to move most of your fish out and then look to backfill the stock. Id say you are close to 150% over stocked.

I based this on a filter turning over 3 times your tank size every hour.

Just my opinion, im sure other people will have thier own too, but to me you need to act ono the fish you have, not buy any more
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Old 08-25-2011, 05:18 PM   #7
 
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Sorry, yes i ment Clown loach. And i think it is a Bala... i have never seen able to find the real name! thanks

All these fish have been together for at least 3 years now, with no problem!! The sharks get along great with other tank mates!! Unless they change in temperament.. im not going to change them! The Bala and red tailed shark usually "hang" together!
temprement will change as they get older.

The problem I come across alot is the term 'they get along with no problem'. The problem being the definition of 'no problem' is that they dont fight with eachother. You need to take into acount that some fish are alot happier with a bigger group and should be kept that way. Not fighting isnt the key, its the fish being happy :)
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Old 08-25-2011, 05:24 PM   #8
 
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the first real question is the re housing. Do you have another tank for them? You could very well stunt their growth keeping in that tank at any stage and that just not fair on the fish, going forward just dont but fish that are too big for you tank, let alone 6-8 of them.

Also what filtration are you using, tank size is not always the most important thing, Ill base my advice on the basis that you have bought a filter capable of running your tank quite well.

At least 5 x Clown Loach are recommended in a group.
Black Ghost Knife Fish only eats live or frozen foods, no flakes. Need a well planted tank with lots of hiding places.
Black Ghost Knife Fish is not recommended for your tank - it may eventually outgrow your tank space, potentially reaching up to 18 inches.
At least 5 x Bala Shark are recommended in a group.
Kribensis may become food for Bala Sharks.
Bristlenose Pleco needs driftwood.
At least 3xPolka Dot Loach are recommended in a group
To be honest I would be looking to move most of your fish out and then look to backfill the stock. Id say you are close to 150% over stocked.

I based this on a filter turning over 3 times your tank size every hour.

Just my opinion, im sure other people will have thier own too, but to me you need to act ono the fish you have, not buy any more
The filter turns over the tank about 4 times and hour.
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Old 08-25-2011, 05:26 PM   #9
 
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temprement will change as they get older.

The problem I come across alot is the term 'they get along with no problem'. The problem being the definition of 'no problem' is that they dont fight with eachother. You need to take into acount that some fish are alot happier with a bigger group and should be kept that way. Not fighting isnt the key, its the fish being happy :)
They seem very happy!, fish very rearly become sick or die, they do not fight or fin nip! they all seem to "schol" together.
The most aggressive fish in the tank is the krib... but she is genreally only like that when fish come into her "cave"

Where can i post a pic of my tank?
Does anyone want to see??
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Old 08-25-2011, 05:31 PM   #10
 
sounds like you are pretty set on the idea of not removing the fish that shouldnt be kept there, so keep them and monitor them daily, just dont add any more until you rehouse the others.

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