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post #1 of 4 Old 07-24-2011, 02:01 AM Thread Starter
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Pic of my new tank. Too crowded?

My first tank. A 36 gallon bow. 5 tiger barbs, 2 mollys, 2 bala sharks and 1 iridescent shark. Im thinking about returning the 2 bala sharks b.c they just hide in the back and NEVER come out. Plus the tank is too small for 3 sharks. However, Im already planning on upgrading to a bigger tank.

2 live plants and 2 tall fake plants. I dont like the fake plants but I cant find anything live that is as tall as the fake ones.

Do I have too much decor in this tank?

and whats the take on air bubbles. I have 3 sections of air bubbles (left middle and right side). All 3 sources have valves on them so I can adjust the bubble speed. Too many bubbles?

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post #2 of 4 Old 07-24-2011, 09:53 AM
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ah well i think it looks nice, but it does seem a little crowded for a 36 with that many fish. so i would agree on re-homing the balas.

as for the decor personally i would take out the tall wood to the left until you have a bigger tank, the dragons alot smaller so the bubbles have more of an effect.

other than that cool set up !

Go big or go home !
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post #3 of 4 Old 07-24-2011, 10:51 AM
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Agree, I think without the root piece the tank will look better. Everything else is related, for a better "complete" scene.

Bubbles are up to you, without live plants they are not harmful.

I would get 3 more Tiger Barb, i think I talked about this in another thread of yours. And yes, the sharks will be real trouble at some point when they settle, their natural instincts will begin to show.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #4 of 4 Old 07-27-2011, 08:12 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks all. Ive decided to redo my tank setup completely. I returned all the fish and Im designing my tank for african ciclhids instead
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