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post #1 of 13 Old 01-15-2011, 10:55 AM Thread Starter
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Can I put more fish in?

I've had 2 tiger barbs in it for about 3 weeks now. (That's how long i've had the tank up and running too.) Last week I noticed one of the tiger barbs were getting pale, then really pale, I checked the amonia and it was a little high so I put reducer in until it was almost gone, but my fish still died about 2 days ago. My "healthy" fish now I can see has some ick on it. The ammonia is fine in the water. I'm not sure what the problem is but I think I need more than just one tiger barb. I did a water change about a week ago too. What should I do to fix these problems and when can I put more fish in it? Can I put 2 more fish in a tank with a fish that has ick or will it spread like flu?
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post #2 of 13 Old 01-15-2011, 12:44 PM
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DEFINITELY cure the ick before adding anything else.

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post #3 of 13 Old 01-15-2011, 03:26 PM
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Yes, definitely get rid of that ich before you add anymore fish. It is VERY contagious. You also need to let your tank cycle completely before adding anymore fish or you will continue to see problems with their health. Do you have a test kit to check your water?

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post #4 of 13 Old 01-15-2011, 03:29 PM
also what temp is your tank. I've heard that sometimes heat prevents or cure ich. But I also heard that there are some heat resistant strains.

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post #5 of 13 Old 01-19-2011, 01:02 PM Thread Starter
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My tank is at 80 degrees. I am waiting for the ick to go away to add more fish. Thanks.
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post #6 of 13 Old 01-19-2011, 01:54 PM
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Also, something to consider when the ick goes away is adding 4 or 5 more Tiger barbs if room allows. Tiger barbs need to be kept in groups of 6, or they wont thrive, and they will have a shorter lifespan.

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post #7 of 13 Old 01-19-2011, 02:24 PM
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Also, something to consider when the ick goes away is adding 4 or 5 more Tiger barbs if room allows. Tiger barbs need to be kept in groups of 6.
Yup, and larger numbers make them even more happy and peaceful. I have 11 in my tank and they are so much fun to watch. With the larger numbers, they don't pick on anyone else in the tank either. How large is your tank?
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post #8 of 13 Old 01-19-2011, 02:30 PM Thread Starter
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It's a 20 gallon tank. But I have a lot more info on it, and am asking for the help really in this thread if you guys could give this one a read and provide some assitance it would be very much appreciated! http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...-better-60319/ thanks!
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post #9 of 13 Old 01-19-2011, 02:36 PM
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you have to let your tank cycle before adding anymore fish. also your tank is to small to add any more barbs good luck...

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post #10 of 13 Old 01-19-2011, 02:38 PM Thread Starter
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My tank is to small to have more than 1 tiger barb? It's a 20 gallon not a 2 gallon.
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