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30 Gallon Tank Fish Ideas
Old 01-02-2008, 07:16 PM   #21
 
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I still really want to add a Shoal of Tiger Barbs with a Black Tailed Shark/Rainbow Shark. That would probably work, right?
It'll work.

Rainbow shark > RTBS
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Old 01-02-2008, 08:51 PM   #22
 
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I still really want to add a Shoal of Tiger Barbs with a Black Tailed Shark/Rainbow Shark. That would probably work, right?
It'll work.

Rainbow shark > RTBS
Ok, good.

So, this is probably my last list. This will have everything.

Fish:
-1 Rainbow Shark/RTBS
-6, 7, or 8 Tiger Barbs
-1 BN Pleco (Maybe)
-2-4 Cories

Tank:
-20-30 Gallon (Most likely 25 at the least)
-Black Sand
-Ornaments, fake plants, maybe some live plants.
-A thing of Driftwood my dad is giving to me.

Could I add a few snails (Or just 1), or would any of the fish eat it?
What about shrimp?
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Old 01-02-2008, 09:51 PM   #23
 
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Make sure you get a 30 with that mix. You want at least 30" and preferably 36" of tank length to get the best out of your tiger barbs. I'd skip the cories, not because they;re not neat fish, but because I would be a touch worried about bioload balancing with a good sized school of barbs. I mean, 8 tiger barbs at full growth is 24" of fish. A RTBS or Rainbow shark will get 6" and a bristlenose is a 5 inch long poop machine. I count a pleco of any sort as double its size for bioload purposes.

Also, if you go with the bristlenose, make sure you have some driftwood in the tank; they love to munch on it. And, with the BN and the shark, make sure you have at least 4 caves that'll fit either. If you decide to go with cories, up that to 6 caves.
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Old 01-02-2008, 09:56 PM   #24
 
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Make sure you get a 30 with that mix. You want at least 30" and preferably 36" of tank length to get the best out of your tiger barbs. I'd skip the cories, not because they;re not neat fish, but because I would be a touch worried about bioload balancing with a good sized school of barbs. I mean, 8 tiger barbs at full growth is 24" of fish. A RTBS or Rainbow shark will get 6" and a bristlenose is a 5 inch long poop machine. I count a pleco of any sort as double its size for bioload purposes.

Also, if you go with the bristlenose, make sure you have some driftwood in the tank; they love to munch on it. And, with the BN and the shark, make sure you have at least 4 caves that'll fit either. If you decide to go with cories, up that to 6 caves.
Ok, thanks for the tips.

I am still trying to decide if I want cories or not.

I have been looking at 29-30 gallon tanks the past few days, and I have found some I like. I will need to contact some people soon.

I will be adding a medium sized piece of driftwood. I will get some caves and/or hiding places as well.

I have seen fish using hamster/gerbil tubes in a tank as a hiding spot. Would I be able to use one of those if it pretty long?

And could I add snails, shrimp, or other inverts?
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Old 01-03-2008, 08:43 AM   #25
 
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Easy caves:
1) slate stuck together with Aquarium sealant (and fully dried) or reef epoxy.
2) Flowerpots or half flowerpots (half your cost if you hacksaw them in two.
3) PVC tubes. If you get 100%silicon caulk (w/o fugicide) from the hardware store, that's much cheaper than the same product packaged as aquarium sealant. Stick the tube in the oven at 150 to 200 and watch it closely until it sags a little. Then, wearing gloves, deform as you like. Then spread with sealant and pour gravel over it. Let dry for at least 2 days, then you can glue on larger pieces if you like. You can do the same trick with the sealant and gravel on the flowerpots too.

You really only need about 6 to 8" of cave length for 2 or 3 of them, less for the rest.
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Old 01-03-2008, 02:52 PM   #26
 
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i think you should go with a 29-30 tank. you MIGHT be able to fit 2 cories in there if you get a large tank. and by the way shrimp and snails should be fine as long as they are big enough so that the sharks and barbs wont eat them. (i dont know if the barbs will be interested in the snails but they seem to bother everything else)
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Old 01-03-2008, 05:54 PM   #27
 
I was thinking, and I thought that 8 Tigers, a BN Pleco, a RTBS and 3 cories would be pretty big. I really want to have the RTBS and Barbs, so those are in.

I kind of narrowed it down to 2, maybe 3 choices. What would be the best?

First Choice:
-6, 7 or 8 Tiger Barbs
-1 RTBS/Rainbow Shark
-1 BN Pleco
-Inverts?

Second Choice:
-6, 7 or 8 Tiger Barbs
-1 RTBS/Rainbow Shark
-2-4 Cories
-Inverts?

Third choice:
-6, 7 or 8 Tiger Barbs
-1 RTBS/Rainbow Shark
-1 BN Pleco
-2-4 Cories
-Inverts?

What would be the best for a 29/30 Gallon?
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Old 01-03-2008, 08:31 PM   #28
 
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I'll see what's behind Door#1....

Option 1 is the way to go there. If you put in Ghost shrimp, and they get eaten or harassed to death, you'll be out a buck. If you feel like you have more space after a while, add some more barbs. Less is rarely more, but sometimes it's the right way to go anyway.
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Old 01-03-2008, 09:40 PM   #29
 
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I'll see what's behind Door#1....

Option 1 is the way to go there. If you put in Ghost shrimp, and they get eaten or harassed to death, you'll be out a buck. If you feel like you have more space after a while, add some more barbs. Less is rarely more, but sometimes it's the right way to go anyway.
I was leaning towards the first one the most.

I was thinking of adding 1, maybe 2 snails. I really like Cherry Shrimp, but I don't know if a RTBS would eat it.
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Old 01-04-2008, 09:11 AM   #30
 
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I would just get a mystery snail. And leave it at that. No cherry shrimp because they cost a lot and will probably be eaten. Lol well yeah thats up to you. But I wouldn't.
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