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post #1 of 26 Old 01-03-2011, 08:40 AM Thread Starter
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cherry barbs in new tank

So I picked up 2 cherry barbs to start out my tank yesterday because I heard they were tough and could handle cycling a new tank. All the parameters of the tank checked out great this morning. I just noticed the smaller of the 2 seemed a little 'front heavy' when I first truned the lights on and he didn't want to move much right away. I'm just curious if this behavior is natural for adjusting fish and if maybe he was just sleepy or something? Also I noticed they have some reddness around where their gills are and I don't remember seeing this yesterday. Should I be alarmed?
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post #2 of 26 Old 01-03-2011, 08:44 AM
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You might, and many fish act very different, have a problem. I put six in my new tank last week. They are VERY VERY active. They were pretty active from the start, and now five continually go from side to side, and a loner, I think it varies, but not sure stays at the other end.

My issue is that I do not think they are eating much. And really, even know how to get food, or where it is.

I have tried two types of flakes and some FD brine shrimp. I have left them big, and made them small. Very little eating. They just stay down at about 8 inches.

So, based on the behavior of mine, you might have issues. Good Luck
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post #3 of 26 Old 01-03-2011, 09:52 AM Thread Starter
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yeah, I was worried about the eating as well but they have both showed they know how to find it they just need it small. the resin decoration i put in the tank just has me a little worried too time will tell i guess
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post #4 of 26 Old 01-03-2011, 02:10 PM
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The red gills could be due to ammonia being high. As this is a new tank and these are the first fish, ammonia will increase before the bacteria can become established. What size tank? And did you do anything to start the cycle?

I wouldn't worry over the eating; best not to put more food in that necessary, as it will only add more ammonia if it is not readily eaten.

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post #5 of 26 Old 01-03-2011, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
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well as far as the ammonia it tested low to none this morning. for cycling I've had the tank running for a week prior at the start of which I had .5ppom ammonia. I added some bacteria culture to the tank about halfway through to the tank so hopefully that got it started early. my spy at home just lemme know they are doing well so I'm thinking they're gonna be fine.
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post #6 of 26 Old 01-04-2011, 07:21 AM Thread Starter
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update-
they are doing great.
I got home yesterday and they were swimming back a forth and all around. The store told me they gave me two males but I think my smaller one might be a female the way they were all over each other.
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post #7 of 26 Old 01-07-2011, 01:56 PM
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Be careful with shoals of cherry barbs, I have cherrys and gold barbs both have attitudes.. lol They pick on my swordtails from time to time.. The swordtails are good natured but agreesive looking and they just swim away from somthing half its size lol.. I guess what im saying - if u have barbs keep em with barbs or very active swimmers cause they can be fin nippers
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post #8 of 26 Old 01-08-2011, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
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Be careful with shoals of cherry barbs, I have cherrys and gold barbs both have attitudes.. lol They pick on my swordtails from time to time.. The swordtails are good natured but agreesive looking and they just swim away from somthing half its size lol.. I guess what im saying - if u have barbs keep em with barbs or very active swimmers cause they can be fin nippers
thanks for the advice. My tank has been perfect since the barbs were put in and it seemed time for some more. I picked up 3 neon tetras - I love their color. At first the barbs were poking at the teeny tetras while they hid but the tetras quickly began to 'poke' back and the barbs backed off. Quite fascinating! Now they all swim together, the barbs doing their endless figure eights and the tetras following them. Looks like they like their new neighbors.

I think in a week or two it'll be time for a cory and maybe that'll be enough for my 14 gallon.
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post #9 of 26 Old 01-08-2011, 08:39 PM
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just a quick note.. cories are social fish.. you need at least 3 for them to be happy. Pygmy cories might be a good choice...

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post #10 of 26 Old 01-08-2011, 11:43 PM
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My cherry barbs school with my rasboras, and don't bother the cardinal tetras or amano shrimp at all. Although i feel it's worth pointing out that i keep the barbs in smaller numbers than my other schools as a means of checking potential "aggressive" behavior. But i have seen no such aggressive behaavior. They all get on great. Good luck with your setup.
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