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post #1 of 11 Old 11-24-2011, 10:20 AM Thread Starter
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Hey guys new here. just couldnt figure out how to start my own thread. LOl. Just want to know if you think 6 tiger barbs, 6 red eyed tetras, 2 pepperd catfish, 1 plecostumus and 2 red robin's as well as 2 platies is a good combo for a 30 gallon tank?? please help new fishkeeper
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post #2 of 11 Old 11-24-2011, 10:32 AM
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Hi Philippe welcome to the forum. You make a new thread by going to section you want to post in and there at the top of the other post you will see post new thread click there and you can post your question.

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post #3 of 11 Old 11-24-2011, 10:38 AM
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Hey guys new here. just couldnt figure out how to start my own thread. LOl. Just want to know if you think 6 tiger barbs, 6 red eyed tetras, 2 pepperd catfish, 1 plecostumus and 2 red robin's as well as 2 platies is a good combo for a 30 gallon tank?? please help new fishkeeper
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post #4 of 11 Old 11-24-2011, 12:17 PM
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Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum. I have moved your post to its own thread.

To your question. There are some issues with the mentioned fish in the same aquarium. Tiger Barb should be in larger groups to reduce aggression, and on their own unless the tank is quite large. You can read more in the fish profile. Profiles are under the second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top of the page, and in each profile there is data on water parameters, tank sizes, numbers, compatibility, etc. If the name is used exactly the same in posts as in the profile it will shade and you can click on that for the profile.

By "red robin" I am assuming a red form of the Dwarf Gourami. This is not a particularly good community fish, again there is more in the profile.

"Plecostomus" can refer to many different fish, some such as the Bristlenose Pleco remain smallish (around 4 inches) but many like the Common Pleco grow well over a foot in length. A small species would work in a 30g.

Corydoras are shoaling fish and are highly social so a group is better. In a 30g you could have 5-6, either 5 of the same species of two species with 3 each. I would not recommend less than 3 of a species, though 2 is OK if there are other corys.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #5 of 11 Old 11-24-2011, 01:12 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much! Haha im new to the tank keeping game and need all the advice i can get will keep a close eye on the dwarf's and get a couple more tiger barbs till i can accomadate a larger tank... have you got any advice for a good list and mix of lively community fish that will work well together in a small to medium community tank. once again thank you.
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post #6 of 11 Old 11-24-2011, 01:18 PM
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There are so many fish that would be compatible in a community tank, depending upon size, but not with some of those mentioned. Also, knowing your water parameters is helpful; some fish need hard basic water, some need soft acidic water, and some are relatively adaptable if extremes are avoided.

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post #7 of 11 Old 11-24-2011, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you got a couple of guide lines now.. thinkimg of getting a fourr foot tank and keep only a couple of fish if you have any advice for me it would be greatly appreciated. we dont have very good pet stores in south africa they only have the basic fish species and do not stock all filter types ect... so quite hard to get good advice here.. thank you once more...
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post #8 of 11 Old 11-24-2011, 05:59 PM
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Depending on your water a 4ft tank gives you lots of options. Do you want a few large fish or a bunch of small fish? Can you get a test kit and get your waters ph and hardness that would really help with suggestions for what fish would work for you.

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post #9 of 11 Old 11-25-2011, 12:42 AM Thread Starter
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ph is at 7 to 7.5 and would like to put a bunch of nice small colourful active fish in.. thank you for the help..
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post #10 of 11 Old 11-25-2011, 11:15 AM
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If we're now talking about a 4-foot tank (55g perhaps?), with a slightly basic pH, you have lots of options. Check through our profiles; the categories Characins, Cyprinids, Catfish, Cichlids, Atherinids will provide many possibles [though not all these will work together obviously]. Compatibility issues are included in the profiles, along with adequate numbers for a species if shoaling.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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