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post #1 of 24 Old 03-27-2011, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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Need help with starter fish?

Okay I was wondering what fish would be good to start off when cycling a new planted tank? I eventually want to house Angelfish in this tank. This is only tank I have soo the started fish would need to be good tank mates for the angelfish when they come along. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance for any and all sugguestions!!
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post #2 of 24 Old 03-27-2011, 06:20 PM
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I have had excellent luck using Cherry Barbs to cycle a new tank. They would be good mates for Angelfish, which can be slightly aggressive. They should be purchased in groups of 5 or more, since they are schooling fish.

Good luck with the new tank!
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I have had excellent luck using Cherry Barbs to cycle a new tank. They would be good mates for Angelfish, which can be slightly aggressive. They should be purchased in groups of 5 or more, since they are schooling fish.

Good luck with the new tank!
the cherry barbs in a group 5 ? I know angelfish needs to be atleast 5 they r going into a 55 gallon tank
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post #4 of 24 Old 03-27-2011, 07:21 PM
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Oh, sorry, now that I see what I wrote, I realize how that might be confusing. Yes, the barbs need to be in groups of 5 or 6 minimum (ideally with an equal number of males and females, otherwise the males will chase the female around and stress her out).
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Okay thanks just one more question how do you tell the difference between male and female in the cherry barbs?
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Okay Soo I just Googled Cherry Barbs (couldn't find a profile on it here?) Soo basically the coloring and size is the difference right? Btw Thanks for the suggestion with cherry barbs they are neat looking fsh like the coloring also!

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post #7 of 24 Old 03-27-2011, 09:11 PM
Cherry barbs are not recommended with angel fish due to their habit of fin nipping. As far as your tank goes you should be fully planted or do a fishless cycle.

Angelfish are not very aggressive at all, except amongst themselves. And 5 angels is a lot for permanent stocking in a 55 gallon.

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Cherry barbs are not recommended with angel fish due to their habit of fin nipping. As far as your tank goes you should be fully planted or do a fishless cycle.

Angelfish are not very aggressive at all, except amongst themselves. And 5 angels is a lot for permanent stocking in a 55 gallon.
Okay? I have been told that 5 is the number I need for that size tank. If 5 is a lot then how many would be good for that size tank?

The tank is empty right now well has substrate and some driftwood in it. It has been running for almost 2 days as of right now with a carbon pad soo I could get the tannin color out going to take that pad out tomorrow and I will be getting my plants (40 of them total) I am hoping on wednesday. Plan on planting the tank then. If Cherry barbs are bad cause of fin nipping could you tell me some good fish mates to have in the tank with the Angelfish Please?
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Cherry barbs are not recommended with angel fish due to their habit of fin nipping. As far as your tank goes you should be fully planted or do a fishless cycle.

Angelfish are not very aggressive at all, except amongst themselves. And 5 angels is a lot for permanent stocking in a 55 gallon.
against other cichlids some aggression will be shown.

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post #10 of 24 Old 03-27-2011, 09:49 PM
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Cherry barbs are not recommended with angel fish due to their habit of fin nipping. As far as your tank goes you should be fully planted or do a fishless cycle.

Angelfish are not very aggressive at all, except amongst themselves. And 5 angels is a lot for permanent stocking in a 55 gallon.
Mikaila- please see my correction above, I suggested 5 cherry barbs, not 5 angelfish.

The cherry barbs don't get too nippy as long as they are kept in an appropriately sized group (about 5 or 6 minimum).
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