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post #11 of 30 Old 12-22-2008, 12:39 PM
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A pair of Kribensis should work out as well with a shoal of Tiger Barbs. You would just need to have a source to take the fry if they every spawn.
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post #12 of 30 Old 12-22-2008, 06:43 PM
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I've never tried that mix myself, but you'd have to be careful for sure. The barbs might really try to snag some of the fry and krib parents can be *very* aggressive about defending their fry.

Kribs aren't exactly the rarest of fish, but they're not livebearers, either. With that in mind, you should have no problems finding a store that will take them off your hands, but they may not give you very much for them (or anything at all). For example, I traded a batch of 34 1.5" kribensis fry to a store for a $13 container of flake food. I wasn't looking to make a profit - I just wanted the fry out of my tank.

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post #13 of 30 Old 12-22-2008, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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I picked up the API full test kit today and pH tested good 7.4, Ammonia....... 1.0ppm YIKES! I got some bags from Petco when I picked up the kit. So back to the store the tiger barbs and gourami go. I will do a 50% water change and let the tank cycle with the lone cory cat. The stick on ammonia meter didn't work for beans.

Setup: 13 Gallon Tank, Tetra Wishper ex20 filter, Undergravel w/ carbon filter towers & Tetra Whisper 20 air pump, Marineland Stealth 100w heater,

Fish: 1-Spotted Cory Cat.

Starting a 30 Gallon, but need to build a cabinet first.......
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post #14 of 30 Old 12-23-2008, 10:46 AM
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post #15 of 30 Old 12-23-2008, 10:49 AM
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Sounds like your on the right track. Just be sure that the ammonia levels stay down (not reaching higher than .5ppm if you can) since you already have a cory in there. I normally say to just let your tank run once you get ammonia, but since you already have a cory, I would be doing Water changes every day to be safe.
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post #16 of 30 Old 12-23-2008, 05:01 PM
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You are going to be controlling ammonia at lower than 0.5 ppm for now but as soon as that seems to be taking care of itself you will start seeing nitrites. Nitrites are also toxic and need to be kept at less than 0.25 ppm by again doing large water changes. Only when both ammonia and nitrites start taking care of themselves should you think about any fish besides what you already have.
If you lose the cory, which is entirely possible, do not replace him with any fish. Instead get some pure ammonia and finish cycling by adding about 1/2 teaspoon to your tank to obtain ammonia at around 5 ppm and monitoring daily to make sure the ammonia returns to zero. If your cycle has progressed at all, it will quickly drop the ammonia to zero on its own and you will need to add more ammonia the next day. The ammonia will convert into nitrites so you will monitor those also until ammonia and nitrites are both at zero within less than 24 hours. When both ammonia and nitrites are being processed by the bacteria in your filter, you could then do a 90% or more water change to get your nitrates back under 40 ppm and be ready to add your first fish.
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post #17 of 30 Old 12-30-2008, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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Cory is still livin happily. Water condition update.

12/24 NH3-1.0-1.5ppm NO2-.25 NO3-7.0
30% water change

12/27 NH3-1.0ppm NO2-0.5-1.0 NO3-7.0
30% water change

12/30 NH3-0.5ppm NO2-1.5 NO3-7.0
20% water change

Setup: 13 Gallon Tank, Tetra Wishper ex20 filter, Undergravel w/ carbon filter towers & Tetra Whisper 20 air pump, Marineland Stealth 100w heater,

Fish: 1-Spotted Cory Cat.

Starting a 30 Gallon, but need to build a cabinet first.......
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post #18 of 30 Old 01-13-2009, 02:05 PM Thread Starter
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Update: Please Help! Advice needed

1/2 NH3-0.25ppm NO2-5.0 NO3-7.0
30% water change

1/7 NH3-0ppm NO2-2.0 NO3-10
No water change

1/13 NH3-0ppm NO2-5.0 NO3-10


I cut back on the feedin and I am only feeding 1/3 an algae sink pellet ever 3 days. What should I do next. I do have plants in the tank are they slowing down this process???

Setup: 13 Gallon Tank, Tetra Wishper ex20 filter, Undergravel w/ carbon filter towers & Tetra Whisper 20 air pump, Marineland Stealth 100w heater,

Fish: 1-Spotted Cory Cat.

Starting a 30 Gallon, but need to build a cabinet first.......
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post #19 of 30 Old 01-14-2009, 11:33 AM
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It's not a quick process but your tank is moving along, don't worry. Just keep on changing the water to keep nitrites below 0.5ppm, 0.25ppm if possible.

I'd look into getting some sinking shrimp pellets or something with some protein in it, corys are scavengers, not herbivores.

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post #20 of 30 Old 01-14-2009, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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10-4 I will pickup some shirmp pellets today. I was watching the cory eat and he is a very messy eater. This is probably contributing to my high nitrites. Thanks for the advice

Setup: 13 Gallon Tank, Tetra Wishper ex20 filter, Undergravel w/ carbon filter towers & Tetra Whisper 20 air pump, Marineland Stealth 100w heater,

Fish: 1-Spotted Cory Cat.

Starting a 30 Gallon, but need to build a cabinet first.......
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