Hey everyone, I just got some new barbs! As an update for while I've been gone:
I took in the oscar and pleco because my mom wanted "nice pretty fish". Actually, not only because of that, but there was a compromise: At Petsmart, I saw a peacock eel. I knew I wanted one, and petsmart is never in stock of them, and I knew I could keep it in the 90 gallon tank. In the 90 gallon tank, we finally got rid of the bass, released it where we caught it, and moved in the oscar and pleco. So, back at petsmart, my mom had looked at the eel and said "no". We asked the person at petsmart who was in charge of the fish section and she said we could keep spiny eels with barbs. Well, I went home, researched it, and found that peacock eels could be kept with barbs.
Next week, I went to my LFS and got a dozen tiger barbs. I brought in the oscar and pleco, and the guy there said he could give me 10 barbs for them, so I only ended up paying for 2. They were pretty confused at first, but by the next day, they were schooling. Later this week, I got 9 koolaid barbs (pretty much just red, shiny barbs). They were also confused and scared the tiger barbs at first. Now, the tiger barbs are back in a school every now and then, but for the most part they seem to be mixing with the koolaid barbs, which do not school at all. Why aren't the koolaid barbs schooling?
A few more questions. Sorry for the extra long post, I have no idea why they always end up being so long.
At my other LFS, they said I could keep a fire eel with the barbs. Is this right, or will a fire eel eat the barbs?
Also, 2 tiger barbs have died. They both did the same thing. They stayed in one place, one was behind the powerhead, and one was inside the driftwood roots (artificial), and neither one of them would join the school or eat. I have found both of them dead on the filters. Why did they stop eating?
That's all. Thanks for any help.