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Stocking my work tank
Old 06-13-2012, 07:40 PM   #1
 
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Stocking my work tank

I just recently took over care of my works fish tank. It's a 90 gallon bow front with a sump. Right now it has one danio and one tiger barb in it but they will most likely be going to a friend of mines tanks. It is currently not heated and sits at about 67 degrees, the ph is about 6.7 My boss is not willing to spend a lot of money on it so I was just going to run it as is and stock it.

My plan at the moment was to do a large school of Golden Barbs (10?) and then maybe a group of bottom fish or a single centerpiece fish. Does anyone have a suggestion for a fish that can be kept with golden barbs that tolerates those temps?
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Old 06-13-2012, 07:49 PM   #2
 
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Odessa barbs are nice.
If you have a really good current in there, hillstream loach are cool. You could make an Asian tank!
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Old 06-13-2012, 09:33 PM   #3
 
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Maybe a trio of dojo loaches provided the tank is long enough for them; they like the cooler temperatures, but they do need a sand substrate. I take it your water is on the soft side to have a pH like that? How much does the water temp dip (or rise) in the winter?
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Old 06-13-2012, 11:30 PM   #4
 
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The tank is gravel and I'm not interested in switching to sand so i don't think dojo loaches will work. They would have been my first choice but my boss isn't gonna pay me to switch gravel for sand and I don't have the time to doit on the weekend. Right now I am looking at a mix of Odessa and golden barbs and maybe a few hill stream loaches of they are around. I'm still open to suggestions though.
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Old 06-14-2012, 01:01 AM   #5
 
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My dojo's are doing fine with gravel, just make sure there are plenty of places to hide
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Old 06-14-2012, 05:42 AM   #6
 
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Just note that the hillstream loach need 2x filtration to provide for their oxygen needs. The water is cold so that's good. Not sure how sumps work so I have no idea of the current.
White cloud mountain minnows should be okay with the other fish, small and fast.
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Old 06-14-2012, 12:39 PM   #7
 
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Just note that the hillstream loach need 2x filtration to provide for their oxygen needs. The water is cold so that's good. Not sure how sumps work so I have no idea of the current.
White cloud mountain minnows should be okay with the other fish, small and fast.
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Yeah, there is plenty of filtration and oxygen. It's a 20 gallon sump with a 700gph pump.
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Old 06-14-2012, 02:56 PM   #8
 
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Sounds good! I wish you luck in finding them! They are wild caught, so if it's the off season in Asia right now you may be out of luck for a few months.
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Sounds good! I wish you luck in finding them! They are wild caught, so if it's the off season in Asia right now you may be out of luck for a few months.
Yeah, I have an amazing LFS so I am not worried. They had them a month ago when I was there but there were only a few left. If they are out for the year I'll just get the barbs and wait on the loaches
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Old 06-14-2012, 03:06 PM   #10
 
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Any other plans, or just some two big barb schools?
I think on average you want 1 of these loach for every 10 gallons so they can have their own territory, as they can have turf wars, though that's a lot of loach!
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