06-29-2011, 01:01 AM
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Originally Posted by saint fu
Here is my tank setup. The tank is 40gl. I have three gouramies that swim around the upper water level, and 2 tiger barbs, and two rainbow sharks that stay around the lower water level. Whenever I feed my fish (flakes), the gouramies at the top are eating all the flakes before they can sink down to the lower level fish, I'm afraid the barbs and sharks aren't getting enough to eat.
Any advice? Am I not putting in enough food? Is there a type of food that sinks that I could put in after the flakes so that the lower level fish get something to eat?
Thanks for any tips!
You may want to add some more tiger barbs, they behave a lot better in larger groups. I didn't have any problem with 5, but I'd still recommend more. The profile says 8+. I'm also worried about having two rainbow sharks, but I suppose if they're getting along fine so far, maybe it won't be a problem. They get aggressive as they get older. The lovely people at my LFS sold me 3 together without telling me about their aggression so they tore apart one overnight. I took out what I thought was the aggressive one, but no matter what combination I put them in the tank or how I rotated them about, they did NOT get along at all. I had to take two of them back, and eventually rehomed them because I also realized, contrary to what the LFS advised me, my tank was not big enough for the fish.