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post #11 of 15 Old 01-24-2014, 09:37 AM
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I would not do that at all.

I don't think the tank is anywhere near large enough for 5 fish that will grow to 6 inches long. Too, tiger barbs really should be in as large of a school as possible. Small groups have a tendency of breaking down, leading to bullied and killed fish. In my opinion you should be looking at at least 10. As long as you're talking about a bristle nose or rubber lip pleco, or any other pleco up to 6 inches, that's fine for your tank. Any larger than that and you'll want a larger tank.

Like I said, I think you should be looking for a 4 foot tank.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
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I would not do that at all.

I don't think the tank is anywhere near large enough for 5 fish that will grow to 6 inches long. Too, tiger barbs really should be in as large of a school as possible. Small groups have a tendency of breaking down, leading to bullied and killed fish. In my opinion you should be looking at at least 10. As long as you're talking about a bristle nose or rubber lip pleco, or any other pleco up to 6 inches, that's fine for your tank. Any larger than that and you'll want a larger tank.

Like I said, I think you should be looking for a 4 foot tank.
I hear ya...
Thanks for the frank comments. I appreciate it.
As of now, the 36 gallon is what we have. It's acrylic, on a sweet looking built-in black stand & top, and wasn't a cheap set up. We really like the size for where we are living right now. In the future, a bigger tank is definitely something we will get.

So if you guys don't mind humoring me a bit more.....


Is this what we're looking at?:
(the placo stays)
Choose.

a) a group of at least 10 tiger barbs and that would be pretty much it.
b) my firemouth with maybe 2 other firemouths and that's it or I can also add: _________.
c) get over the firemouth already and if you like cichlids this is what you should have in your measly lame little 36 gallon tank and you'll take this advice and like it:____________.
d) get a cat.
E) other.
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I know people that keep a single fire mouth by itself without any problems, so based on their experience I would stick with the one you have plus 10 tigers and a pleco. That's a very reasonable stocking plan in my opinion.

As far as the tiger barbs are concerned, your tank is probably the smallest that I would keep them in. I found a 29 to be a bit too small once they were grown up.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta

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I know people that keep a single fire mouth by itself without any problems, so based on their experience I would stick with the one you have plus 10 tigers and a pleco. That's a very reasonable stocking plan in my opinion.

As far as the tiger barbs are concerned, your tank is probably the smallest that I would keep them in. I found a 29 to be a bit too small once they were grown up.
If we decided to remove the tiger barbs, what would you stock with the pleco and firemouth? I just...have a hard time with really only 1 single fish and a bunch of the same of others. I like variety. And I like really cool-looking cichlids.
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post #15 of 15 Old 01-24-2014, 05:03 PM Thread Starter
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I just read on another site that swordtails are good tankmates for firemouths. Thinking about getting 1 more firemouth and a pair of swordtails, and around 8-10 tiger barbs, 1 pleco. That's it.
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