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Old 11-15-2006, 08:33 PM   #1
 
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Barb and neon tetras

I am looking to get a couple barbs to try and get them to eat some of my Staghorn algae. I have been told rosey barbs will do this but I have Neon tretras and 2 Swordtails in the tank as well as 2 BN pleco.

Will or should they get along or will the barbs be too aggrassive? Is there another barb that will eat it that will get along with the others? Or should I stick with getting a couple black mollies because they should get along better?
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Old 11-15-2006, 08:39 PM   #2
 
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Rosy barbs aren't aggressive at all. Many people keep assuming they are(thanks to the tiger barbs). They should be fine with your fish. Your mollies will also do fine but make sure you do not keep mollies at lower pH. They tend to not last long with it. And vice-versa with the neons. I find neons to thrive better in lower pH but they will adapt at higher pH although they thrive best at lower pH.:)
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Old 11-15-2006, 09:01 PM   #3
 
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Ok, pH stays right at 7.2 now that I don't inject CO2 anymore so it sounds like they should all be fine. The neons are happy at the higher pH, used to be around 6.6, and the BN act like they are throwing a party and chase each other around all the time.

I assume that most fish are comfortable between 6.8-7.2?
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Old 11-15-2006, 09:28 PM   #4
 
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I assume that most fish are comfortable between 6.8-7.2?
Near neutral. Should be fine.
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Old 11-15-2006, 10:22 PM   #5
 
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opposite of what blue said rosey barbs are aggressive. all barbs are. some more than others but all barbs are. there are always cases where this doesn't stand true but overall barbs are aggressive. it is possible to get barbs into a community tank just keep in mind they may take out some fish. more often newcomers to the tank. from what i've found tigers being the least and tinfoils being the most.
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Old 11-15-2006, 11:28 PM   #6
 
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Ok, roseys, way too big! 4 inches and I am putting these little guys in a 10 gallon and I need 4-6 of them, just won't work. Cherry's maybe but 1.5 inches is still a little large in groups of 6. Mollies aren't much better except for I can buy 2 of them. This is looking really bad as far as fish to control my staghorn.

If I use them as a temporary solution in the tank to eat the staghorn, how many of each would get along in a tank? Roseys, cherrys, tinfoils, black mollies etc.
Remember, this is a 10 gallon tank and that is all I have room for right now and setup.
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Old 11-16-2006, 02:54 AM   #7
 
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If I use them as a temporary solution in the tank to eat the staghorn, how many of each would get along in a tank? Roseys, cherrys, tinfoils, black mollies etc.
Remember, this is a 10 gallon tank and that is all I have room for right now and setup.
Tinfoils in a 10 gallons tank? Tinfoils can reach 12 inches or more and will trim down your plants.
What is your whole stocking list in the 10 gallons tank?
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Old 11-16-2006, 06:41 AM   #8
 
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i would avoid putting any in that size tank. maybe clean the algae out manually. If there is too much to clean it manually and it comes back too fast there is probably another solution. how long are your lights on a day? Also, test your water quality and especially nitrate and phosphate. they feed algae.
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Old 11-16-2006, 12:27 PM   #9
 
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17 neons, 1 albino glowlight tetra, 2 swordtail and 2 BN pleco

Dosing is the same as my other tank and it has no algae problems at all. I know it is a CO2 problem, this is why I am looking for a fish thaty will control it because I am not ready to add CO2 again and I don't have Excel yet.
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Old 11-16-2006, 09:36 PM   #10
 
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17 neons, 1 albino glowlight tetra, 2 swordtail and 2 BN pleco

Dosing is the same as my other tank and it has no algae problems at all. I know it is a CO2 problem, this is why I am looking for a fisht hatyw ill control it because I am not ready to add CO2 again and I don't have Excel yet.
I'd go with cherries then. A pair is fine as cherries don't shoal compared to other barbs. I find them suitable for keeping singly or in pairs.
You should have no problems with stocking as long as you can catch up with water changes and maintain good water quality.
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