01-29-2013, 02:17 PM
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Originally Posted by hollmic
Well, I added some barbs and everything seemed to be in order. Then I started loosing them. Since my last post I have lost ALL barbs purchased from the LPS and one male that I had since the aquarium was cycled last year.
I only added three very small cherry barb.. was that too many to add all at once? My ammonia did rise but never over .20ppm
3 fish lost in, what, 10 days... Even though 3 is too few barbs to keep, and you had three others anyway, they wouldn't die off that fast. Were your ammonia levels close to .2ppm the whole time?
Symptoms? Water parameters? I suspect that, seeing as the other fish are still alive, it must have been something to do with the fish themselves... Only the fish from the store died.
Oh, you have a 30 gallon, I added 9 1.5" catfish, not a small bio load at all in a 37 and initially I added 12 barbs of 1" a piece. 3 small barbs would be no problem at all and I would be surprised to see your ammonia go from steady zero to 0.2ppm. What else is in the tank, plants (quantity), fish (numbers not just types), filtration, water change schedule, details.....