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o-o-o-ooh, I like the stand you have that new 30g on!...
I successfully keep tiger barbs with a clown pleco and some dwarf puffers. The barbs completely ignore the puffers, and the puffers only attempt to school with the barbs. I chose this combination because I wanted a school of active fish in the tank to keep things lively and because I thought this combination of known fin-nippers would work out. Luckily for me, it has. Maybe I just have really docile fish, though, so I won't claim it's a guaranteed success.
Well,my sister has my camera, but I just got 2 Bamboo Shrimp for my 20 gallon! They are so cool and fun to watch. The larger one (1.5") likes to eat the algae off the crypt plants, while the small one (1") eats the algae wafer I tossed in, but occasionaly eat off of the plants. It's fun trying to find all of their hiding spots. Anyway, todays readings were:
Does this mean the cycle is over? That seems a little odd to me.
At my LSF, I also bought 1 bag of Eco - Complete and 1 bag of Black Tahitian Moon sand. I put about 2 inches of Eco - Complete and 2 inches of sand on top of that in my 30 g. What is the best way to use things from my 20 g to help cycle my 30 g? And are tiger barbs or redtail sharks hardy enough for a cycle? And are those 2 compatible?
I would like to thank everybody with all the help you have given me :D !
If your tank has cycled completely you will or should have nitrate reading. Tiger barbs and redtailed shark should be ok. I have used tiger barbs to help cycle tanks. Not sure how hardy shark is in that respect. But there should be no problem with coexisting. For 30 gal. I can only suggest what has worked for me. I would set up 30 gal. and let it run for ten days before buying any fish. Then go and buy five or six active tetras such as serpae, bloodfins, or silver tipped. They are small and will not cause ammonia levels to become lethal. Leave them in the tank for ten days while feeding very sparingly . Then go back and buy one or two more fish agin, something small such as a couple platys. If you introduce fish slowly you will not have lethal levels of ammonia or nitrites. The tank can mature slowly without creating toxins at lethal levels. Then wait another ten days and maybe add one more fish ,maybe something different or unique. Again fish have been added SLOWLY and your tank should be in fourth week of cycling. At this point 10 percent weekly water changes should begin assuming you have had no lethal ammonia or nitrite readings that would cause you to have changed water previous to this point. Small frequent water changes create less stress and water parameters will remain stable and your fish will be comfortable. It is important not to overfeed during this process.Only after the tank is matured should you vaccum the bottom . A small area at each water change a different area each time. I hpoe some of this proves helpful.