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Compatability/plant need
Old 06-17-2011, 08:28 PM   #1
 
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Hello, I don't have an aquarium yet but I've been planning out every part of it before I actually start so I don't screw up. I eventually want to get one Rainbow shark, but first I was going to start the Nitrogen cycle and put in a group of Tiger barb. I read up about tiger barb, and they're pretty tolerant, was thinking of getting about 7 so that they can have a nice school and then when they're healthy and established, introduce a Rainbow Shark.

...My question is I was thinking of getting about a 29 gallon tank, and it says that these tiger barbs like a lot of vegetation. Some sources recommend filling 2/3rds of the tank with heavy vegetation and leaving room for swimming, I was wondering if I could get away with using fake plants or if I would need live plants. Does it make a difference? Thanks!
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Old 06-17-2011, 10:01 PM   #2
 
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Hello, I don't have an aquarium yet but I've been planning out every part of it before I actually start so I don't screw up. I eventually want to get one Rainbow shark, but first I was going to start the Nitrogen cycle and put in a group of Tiger barb. I read up about tiger barb, and they're pretty tolerant, was thinking of getting about 7 so that they can have a nice school and then when they're healthy and established, introduce a Rainbow Shark.

...My question is I was thinking of getting about a 29 gallon tank, and it says that these tiger barbs like a lot of vegetation. Some sources recommend filling 2/3rds of the tank with heavy vegetation and leaving room for swimming, I was wondering if I could get away with using fake plants or if I would need live plants. Does it make a difference? Thanks!
Yes you can use fake plants ... the idea is just to give them cover so they feel more at home to their natural habitat. The plants can be concentrated on the back and sides ... leaving a large open swim in the middle front space ... which tigers need. Driftwood and some river rocks would also help to mimic their natural habitat. Eventually consider moving to live plants ... it's really not as that much work, especially if you chose low maintenance, low light plants

I used TigerBarbs to cycle my tank ... they're still in there. .. and they are hardy fish.

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Old 06-18-2011, 01:46 AM   #3
 
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Yes you can use fake plants ... the idea is just to give them cover so they feel more at home to their natural habitat. The plants can be concentrated on the back and sides ... leaving a large open swim in the middle front space ... which tigers need. Driftwood and some river rocks would also help to mimic their natural habitat. Eventually consider moving to live plants ... it's really not as that much work, especially if you chose low maintenance, low light plants ... see the link below for ideas

PlantGeek.net - Plant Guide

I used TigerBarbs to cycle my tank ... they're still in there. .. and they are hardy fish.
Sweet, I just wasn't sure if it was just the cover they wanted or if they needed actual live plants to mimic their habitat. Thanks!
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Old 06-18-2011, 10:39 AM   #4
 
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I agree that live or artificial plants to provide the cover. I also agree that the benefits of live plants are so great that it would be worth it to start off right by using live plants. It is not difficult; pants are easier than fish for me.

On the fish, I would caution about the red tailed shark. This species is nasty by nature, especially as it matures. It attains 5 inches and requires a 4-foot tank. It cannot tolerate other substrate fish, so once you have it in a larger tank, it is going to be it. You may not want to limit your fish community like this.

A group of 8 Tiger Barb in a 29g will be fine, on their own.

You can read more about the above issues in our profiles of the respective fish; click on the shaded fish name to see its profile. Profiles in general are under the second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top of the page, and each includes information on number of fish needed, compatibility, tankmates, minimum tank size, special needs, etc.

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