Originally Posted by candymancan
I recently purchased a 55Gal tank, and its been up and running for 4 or so days now.. My mom hastily put a few fish from her tank in it and got other fish from a store... It has 4 Gold barbs, 1 angle fish, 2 dwarf gouramis and 1 clown loach...
I have having to do 50-60% water changes daily to keep the ammonia down as it always gets to 2-4PPM... grrr she has no patience.. I have had 3 assassin snails in my 27G hexagon in a floating container that you use for pregnant fish and babies.. To keep them away from my nerites but I don't think they are too happy being in that thing for the last 2 weeks.. I cant put them in my 30g tank either because it has nerites as well..
I was going to put them in the 55 but with the loach im worried... Maybe I should call my LFS and see if they will trade my assassins for snails or fish of equivalent value... Will the loach eat them ??
Yes the clown loach will eat any and all snail's it can extract from their shell's ,or those they catch already out of the shell and crawling about.
Might consider putting a few fish back in your mom's tank temporarily,and borrowing some filter material from her tank if it has been running with fish longer than a couple month's.
Some of her filter material ,or material from your 27 gal (assuming these tank's have "cycled"),,would speed up the maturing process of your 55 gal so that ammonia is processed quicker.
Once you or I have a "cycled aquarium",,there is no need to go through the nitrogen cycle again, when you consider that healthy bacteria are all over the material in already cycled tank,and moving some filter material from these tank's to your new tank can make thing's a whole lot easier on you,,and the fishes.
Would still stock the new tank slowly.