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post #1 of 14 Old 11-08-2009, 09:42 AM Thread Starter
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Good clean up fish

Hi I have a 55 gallon tank with 2 tinfoil barbs, 3 angelfish, and 2 silver dollars. I have been having to clean the tank more often now and the sides of the tank are getting dirtier also. I have tried plecos, CAE, and snails but they either die or get eaten by the barbs. What kind of fish would be a good clean up fish for these kinds if conditions and not get eaten.
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post #2 of 14 Old 11-08-2009, 10:09 AM
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Is your problem,algae growth?
A think it would be better to fix the problem, using other methods, not adding fish or snails.
Can you post your readings for ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate? Sometimes, IMO, high nitrates can be the cause of algae.
How long have you had the tinfoil barbs? My tinfoils started out in a 65 gal. I could not believe how fast they grew. I quickly had to cycle a larger tank to meet their growing needs. You can check mine out in my album, on my profile page. They would not even be able to turn around in a 55 gal. Do you have a plan for them?

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post #3 of 14 Old 11-08-2009, 03:12 PM
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Cory's. I have two large cory's in my thirty gallon, they are busy little fish that are always on the job, and there barbed/armor surface makes for an unpleasant surprise for a hungry fish.

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post #4 of 14 Old 11-08-2009, 05:05 PM
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ottos or algae eaters are great

its a half a inch of water and you think your gunna drown
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post #5 of 14 Old 11-08-2009, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
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My ammonia is 8.0 ppm, nitrite 0 ppm, and nitrate is between 20 and 40 ppm.
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post #6 of 14 Old 11-08-2009, 06:01 PM
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You mean your PH is 8, right?

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post #7 of 14 Old 11-08-2009, 11:16 PM
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You mean your PH is 8, right?
Haha I said the same thing, my jaw dropped when I saw the "ammonia" reading. But he hasn't clarified so I am waiting to pick it back up.

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post #8 of 14 Old 11-09-2009, 02:02 PM
Ammonia at 8 ppm??, what is pH at?
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post #9 of 14 Old 11-09-2009, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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Yes ammonia is 8.0 ppm and ph is about 7.5
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post #10 of 14 Old 11-09-2009, 05:20 PM
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Originally Posted by peterman View Post
Yes ammonia is 8.0 ppm and ph is about 7.5
I don't think this is possible. At a pH of 7.5 with a water temp of 77F, the absolute maximum "safe" ammonia would be around 1.2 ppm and that would need remedial action. At 8 your fish would be at the surface gasping if alive, and more probably dead. Let's hope your test kit is faulty. What type is it (liquid, strips) and what brand?


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