Originally Posted by musho3210
dont get tiger barbs if your getting chichlids or piranhas. As a fact, piranhs shouldnt be mixed with other fish incase they starve and eat the other fish. Tiger barbs are fin nippers. I would still suggest you doing a fishless cycle.
The talked with the owner of the local fish shop for about 1 hour today, who I found out is my dad's good friend and practically raised me from 1 y/o to 8 y/o from BBQ's to taking me to my t-ball games, He is an awesome guy.
He had a 75 gallon tank set up with 2 oscars, 2 parrot fish, and about 6 other small cichlids (I forgot their names). I talked with him about capatibility of the fish, and water levels and told him what my set-up consist of. He told me that he has over 35 years experience with a very wide variety of fish and he always does his showcase tanks, stocked almost identically because he likes oscars, parrots and the other cichlids . Sometimes he does have problems with the fish bullying, so he just moves the bully fish to another aquarium and puts a smaller fish of the same kind in the tank and problem is solved.
I told him I dont have multiple tanks to swap fish around, he just told me he would take it back and give me another one. Trial and error until I get it right.
He even told me, if I wanted he would come to my house, test my water levels and deliver the fish to me, no charge.
Sounds like a deal to me. So that is the route I am taking. I'll let you guys know how it goes.
OH. I also stopped by a friends house, who has a creek in his backyard, to pick up some slate rocks and other types for my tank. Im going to clean them up now.