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post #1 of 42 Old 07-17-2008, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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I have a twelve gallon aquarium that I want to start. Our family has had fish in this tank before but the all died rather quickly. After reading a few articles on this site I realize I don't know what I am doing. I would like to have some tiger barbs or Harlequin Rasboras in the tank. I don't know if any other fish would go with them. Help me have healthy fish. Thanks
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post #2 of 42 Old 07-17-2008, 10:43 PM
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Tiger barbs tend to be nippy and may harass their other tankmates to death if space becomes an issue. 12g is too small for a group. Try looking for Barbus pentazona or cherry barbs. Both will work well. Keep 6 minimum for a start. You can add 6 harlequin rasboras along with 4-6 otos or panda corydoras. Add them slowly only after your tank is done cycling.

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post #3 of 42 Old 07-17-2008, 10:49 PM Thread Starter
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How do you cycle a tank?
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How do you cycle a tank?
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post #5 of 42 Old 07-18-2008, 09:14 AM Thread Starter
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I have never cycled a tank before. Do you think the method that evolves the Shrimp or Prawn would be a good easy way to go for me? If so, Do you just put a shrimp in and test the water until it cycles? thanks
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post #6 of 42 Old 07-18-2008, 10:45 AM
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Use ammonia (handle carefully!), it gives you more control over the cycling process. Plus, you get to play around with syringes and stuff. ;)

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post #7 of 42 Old 07-18-2008, 12:21 PM
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yea a 12g is too small for tiger barbs....cherry barbs would be great though (i have a few and they are awsome!)

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post #8 of 42 Old 07-18-2008, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
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Could I put a bottom feeder fish or two in my tank if i had some cherry barbs or Harlequin Rasboras?
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Welcome to the forum Max.
Some pygmy corydoras or a few otocinclus would be a nice addition to a rasbora tank. I would not subject either of them to tiger barbs. Be aware that even after a tank is cycled, the otocinclus can be a bit picky about their water so wait until the tank has matured a while with fish in it before you add any of them.
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Try looking for Barbus pentazona or cherry barbs. Both will work well. Keep 6 minimum for a start. You can add 6 harlequin rasboras along with 4-6 otos or panda corydoras. Add them slowly only after your tank is done cycling.
Could I have some Cherry Barbs, Halrquin Rasboras, and a couple corysdoras. I think that may be a little over stocked
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