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Old 12-15-2008, 11:22 AM   #41
Last time i was looking i was checking out all the fish, they had 3 seperate tanks of RTBS. I guess as they get more they put them in a different tank so they all are about the same age. I noticed that some were already getting to be about an inch or so long, from reading i knew i didnt want those so i didnt really pay too much attention. They had another tank that was full of smaller ones. I mainly asked what i should look for because all of them were gray with a clear tail. I was thinking it was either because they were young or more probably the living conditions. I was kinda thinking that fish, like any other animal, when kept in less then ideal conditions would probably see some kind of behavioral change.

On another note, with that many people saying to stay away from the loaches i guess ill cross that one off my list. Everyone so far has said to go with a half dozen tiger barbs, som im thinking thats going to be my best bet.

Im hoping if i introduce everything first, then my RTBS last, i will have my best chance at everything coming together in harmony. Im more afraid of introducing too many fish in too long of a period then when it comes time to put the RTBS in, he gets bullied to death.

Other then all that. Im having a problem locating a LFS that has smaller breeds of plecs. They all seem to have the ones that grow to like a foot or more. From experience, any other ideas for fish i should look into?
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Old 12-15-2008, 01:17 PM   #42
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Have you checked the big chain stores? I've found that only really good independently owned LFS's will stock smaller pleco species, but I've seen bristlenose and rubber lip plecos for sale at Petsmart.
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Old 12-15-2008, 02:17 PM   #43
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I've seen BNs at Petsmart and my LFS usually has one. Common plecos really earn their name though.
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Old 12-16-2008, 06:41 PM   #44

6 tiger barbs
1 plec
Anything else i should get?

How soon should i add fish once i add a group?
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Old 12-17-2008, 07:10 AM   #45
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If you cycle fishlessly I'd add the barbs, wait a week, add the plec, wait a week, add the RTBS. After adding each group of fish you need to test the water and be on the look out for an ammonia or nitrite spike. If nothing shows up then at the end of the week add the next fish. If you detect ammonia or nitrite then the usual procedure needs to be followed, daily monitoring with water changes performed to keep the levels below 0.25ppm. Only after the spike is gone and the mini-cycle over should you consider adding the next fish.

This assumes a fishless cycle that is complete. Also this doesn't include quarantining any fish which I highly recommend. The first don't need to be quarantined but every subsequent addition should be.

That's actually pretty sparse stocking for a 40 gallon tank. You could, and I'd highly recommend it, increase the size of your tiger barb school to around ten and still have plenty of room for another species if you wanted it. Have you seen green tiger barbs? Same shape and size as regular tigers but their body is an emerald green. I'm hesitant to suggest other fish because I'm not entirely sure what else could be added in with the barbs.
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Old 12-17-2008, 08:57 AM   #46
yeah, I guess i could always add more barbs.

Im trying to figure out why my tank is so cloudy right now. When i take readings everything seems to be near 0 but the water is really murky. I do water changes and nothing.
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Old 12-17-2008, 09:12 AM   #47
My PH is still really high too
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Old 12-17-2008, 01:20 PM   #48
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How high is really high? Also is the water milky or green?

I suggest more tiger barbs regardless of what else you do just because they will do better in a larger group as aggression is spread out more and they are less likely to fell uncomfortable which can lead to acting out.
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Old 12-17-2008, 01:57 PM   #49
reads around 7.6

I dunno about milky green, but def looks like someone poured milk in water.
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Old 12-17-2008, 02:36 PM   #50
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7.6 isn't high, I'd kill for 7.6 out of the tap. You can keep just about any fish you please with 7.6. Ah, almost forgot. Did you only use the low range pH test? If so then your test is pegged out and not necessarily 7.6. Run the high range test as well.

Milky or green I should say. Milky is likely a bacterial bloom. It will likely clear itself up in several days.
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