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post #11 of 16 Old 10-10-2006, 06:08 PM
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What type of cory do you have? I would suggest getting some more as they like to be kept in groups of four or more :)

As for the tiger barbs - I would be very wary. I added 9 to my community tank, thinking that in a group that size they would be ok. Wrong - they wreaked havoc and I ended up losing a few fish because of them. I now have them in a separate tank.

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post #12 of 16 Old 10-10-2006, 06:11 PM
I would rather get bamboo shrimp, so you can actually see them :P
I really hate tiger barbs for some reason. I think they look horrible in tanks. (No offense to people who have them :) )

About the rocks--driftwood can be really expensive if you get it from a pet store, and if you don't live near a stream or lake it's hard to find. Rocks, on the other hand, are almost everywhere. ;)
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post #13 of 16 Old 10-11-2006, 01:08 AM Thread Starter
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Actually, I like the way tiger barbs look; there are also albino tiger barbs and green tiger barbs also (in addition to the tiger striped ones). I have, however, heard they can be agressive. Glass fish is a good idea; I like the glass catfish (or are they called ghost catfish)?

My cory is.........I'll have to get its name from the lfs I work at. I've had him for about 5 years now (he's kind of brown, very plain; not spotted, and not an emerald green or an albino).

Will likely go with some tetras. If so, I'll use a darker gravel (not natural coloured), as in my past experience the smaller fish don't show up well unless the gravel and background are darker. I'll decorate with rocks, live plants, and one piece of driftwood on which I'll try to attach a plant!

thanks for your tips. I have purchased nothing for this tank yet, so keep the good ideas coming. When it all comes together I'll borrow a good camera and post a photo. :)

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Id avoid glass fish(Chanda ranga). Aside from being nearly aggressive, they are best suited in brackish water tanks.

Ghost catfish is still the same as glass catfish. Glass catfish is the original name. I wouldn't recommend mixing this fish with tiger barbs. Tiger barbs are indeed aggressive but they are also nippy and very fast which can stress out glass catfish.
I'd keep the glass catfish with docile fish rather than with tiger barbs and other boisterous fish
Pls take note that glass catfish will thrive best if kept in a group. Buying singly or in pair is impractical IMO. They tend to pine away as they feel insecure in fewer number.

I prefer darker substrate as this makes the fish feel more secure and confident. Same applies to dark background.:)
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post #15 of 16 Old 10-11-2006, 11:48 PM
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I'd skip the tiger barbs, not because they aren't good and interesting fish but because they do get just about 3" long, and will nip the bejeesus out of everything else in a 20 gallon tank. With tiger barbs, I have been advised, they pretty much need their own swimming level (or to share it with fish even meaner than they are) and, in a 20 gallon tank, to an adult tiger barb, everything is their swimming level.

I have had good luck personally with cherry barbs, and I have heard good things about rosy barbs.

Also, as neat as Harlequins are, Brilliant rasboras are also very pretty. More of the classic minnow shape.

My personal preference is for black gravel. I just used eco-complete for my bottom feeder tank, and it's nice and dark, and has all the good nutrients for plants.

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post #16 of 16 Old 10-13-2006, 01:06 AM Thread Starter
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I bought some natural gravel tonight, but it's the black river rock kind (fine); i like black backgrounds as well, or plain blue. I remember about a year ago I had green gravel in my 25 gallon, and a plant background. the fish were cardinal tetras and a couple of blackskirts. Well, with those colours, they were difficult to see! I was bored and ended up re-homing them so i could keep angels. I changed the gravel and backgrounds to black, and found it was much prettier. (my whole collection of tanks and fish has changed since then, lol)

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