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Need advice on my 55 gallon
Old 03-26-2009, 01:21 PM   #11
 
OMG, i like the climbing perch barb thing. I'm jealous. My petsmart has TB in 3 sizes so it's possible to see them as large as they get, which kept me from getting them, but not you. I know it's more expensive but do try to get your barbs larger than your CP. Where will you be getting your CP from?
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Old 03-26-2009, 02:07 PM   #12
 
I found conflicting information on these fish the spotted climbing perch, one website claims they're brackish wtaer fish and the other (liveaquaria) says nothing of the sort. Maybe someone could clear this up.
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Old 03-27-2009, 01:54 AM   #13
 
I REALLY like the climbing perch as well. The pet stores here have the tiger barbs in different sizes too. I went for the smallest size and plan to watch them grow up (they've already gotten big just since i've had them). The barbs are the first thing i bought, they'll have plenty of time to grow large before i introduce the rest of my fish. I haven't quite decided on the perches yet. THere are a few local stores that care for the fish better than the larger chains, so i'll see if they have any. If not i will probably special order them from them that way they will hopefully be healthier. THey also (from what i've been told) buy from breeders that are a little more careful and concerned of the wellbeing of their fish.

THe perch is strictly freshwater, no salt at all. Petsmart has them labeled to require salt too.
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Old 03-27-2009, 11:44 AM   #14
 
Hi, do try to buy them locally if possible.Since they're a delicate fish you want them to be more 3" or more a shipper will send them so small, it will jeapordize thier survival.If a LFS has them now and thier an unusual one to carry, i would pre-pay and have them held until my tank was ready. I would also provide the store with the food i wanted them to be eating. I prepared a special tank for a hard to find breed and had to wait over 6 months or so to get my fish.
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Old 03-30-2009, 02:02 AM   #15
 
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Hi, do try to buy them locally if possible.Since they're a delicate fish you want them to be more 3" or more a shipper will send them so small, it will jeapordize thier survival.If a LFS has them now and thier an unusual one to carry, i would pre-pay and have them held until my tank was ready. I would also provide the store with the food i wanted them to be eating. I prepared a special tank for a hard to find breed and had to wait over 6 months or so to get my fish.
Unfortunately I'm not sure any of the stores around here would do that. And the one's ive been seeing are like 1.5 to 2 inches, maybe a tad over that, not sure. WHat type of fish did you get that they held onto?

question for everybody: in a pack of 10 how active are barbs? I know they'll shoal together. In my opinion one of the best part of barbs is their activeness. the way they whip through plants and decorations, play tag or follow the leader, the way they always chase each other. If they shoal and lose a lot of this behavior i think they would lose their appeal (in my opinion, obviously). Just curious, in more detail how they act with around 10 fish.
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Old 03-30-2009, 03:53 AM   #16
 
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In my opinion, Tiger Barbs are second in activity levels only to Danios.
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Old 03-30-2009, 06:40 AM   #17
 
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Petsmart recommends salt for a lot of fish. They also just so happen to sell aquarium salt. Aquarium salt isn't brackish though, you need sea salt mix for that.
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Old 03-31-2009, 01:18 AM   #18
 
So barbs are just as active in large packs as well?
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Old 03-31-2009, 01:19 AM   #19
 
Tyy, haha. Do you think a BTRS will do good in this set up?
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Old 03-31-2009, 06:22 AM   #20
 
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A RTBS should be ok. My only point of concern would be the cories. They're tough little fish but if they decided to prowl around the RTBS' territory the shark might get mean. If you do add them I'd recommend placing a good sized cave towards one end or the other of the tank to try to encourage the RTBS to stay at one end and hope the cories take the hint and stay in the other.
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