I am so excited to finally be posting here. For a few months I have been lurking, trying to obtain as much information about keeping an aquarium as I can. I have reached the point where I need to ask a question.
How tolerant are Tiger Barbs of non-natural tank environments? I have read the bio of the species on this site many times, and have gone through many pages of threads with 'Tiger Barb' as the search keyword and these are the tank credentials that I can summarize:
- pH 6 to 8
- Soft to moderately hard water
- Temperatures between 72 and 79 F
-Minimum tank size of 30g lending itself to long swimming distances
- Dark tank bottom and sides
- Plants on the periphery for shelter
Its the last item where I would like to stray. I am normally quite a fan of extremely natural tanks... Ones that look like you chopped a few feet out of a river somewhere and planted it in your living room. However, with my job next year, I will most likely be away from home for week long stretches and I want to minimize tank maintenance.
Also, being a new member in the manufacturing industry, I would like my tank to celebrate that accomplishment. At my job last summer, I was privy to many very interesting pieces of aerospace scrap. Most of these parts are titanium and I think that I could create a really neat 'scrap heap' seascape with them.
So I am finally getting at my question... Hopefully some of you were able to cope with my dreary and reach this point... Will Tiger Barbs be comfortable in a tank with no fauna in it? I will be sure to abide by all of the other characteristics to keep the barbs as happy as possible.
Thanks in advance for any help,
I guess that I should introduce myself. My name is Jay and I am a graduate student attempting to obtain a Masters in Mechanical Engineering as well as a Masters in Aerospace Engineering.
In the past I have restored 3 cars from the ground up, constructed a 3d RepRap printer (way back when there weren't any... I had to 3rd true RepRap Darwin functioning and played a part in its design), and constructed a 4' x 10' CNC wood router. I am not a novice when it comes to big DIY projects and I in fact intentionally give myself year-long projects to keep myself occupied. So that sort of gives the schedule for this tank. By this time next year, I would like to have fish in the tank.
My current plan for a tank is a DIY 8' x 2' x 2' 240g fiberglass tank with a viewing window on one of the long sides. I also plan on having a 55g sump with a refugium. I will also equip the tank with an automatic top off feature as well as an automatic water exchange feature; both of these being fed by a reverse osmosis water production unit. The filtration will have to option of using a UV water treatment lamp in case of algae or bacteria blooms. The tank will also be lit with LED lighting to try to minimize the wavelengths of light that help algae grow.
Finally, I plan on building my own controller for the tank since it shouldn't be too difficult for me to do myself.