02-08-2010, 05:02 PM
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Need Advice Stocking My 55 gal Semi-Aggressive Tank
I certainly could use some expert advice on where I should go from here. Right now I have an unplanted 55 gal tank that I have been stocking rather slowly. It was about 4 months ago when I decided to start over from my failed attempt at keeping Oscars. I simply wasn’t doing the necessary water changes that needed to be done and my tank went south fast. I did some research and picked up, “The Simple Guide to Freshwater Aquariums 2nd edition“. The book overall has pointed me in the right direction on what I need to do to keep a successful aquarium going.
I wanted to follow one of his stocking schemes but decided I really enjoy Tiger Barbs, and wanted to do a semi-aggressive tank. I cycled my tank using 6 Tiger barbs and it took about two weeks to reach 0 Ammonia, 0 Nitrate, and 0 Nitrite. After I cycled my tank I wanted to get some bottom dwelling fish. With the help of the girls at the pet store I decided to go with 2 Pictus catfish. And that is were I have been stuck for a month now. Basically I need some advice on where I should go from here.
I would love to add another school of semi-aggressive fish that would complement my Tiger barbs. Would a school of 6 Silver Dollars be a good idea? I as well was wondering if I could add 1 Red-tailed shark? Also I'm currently using lame test strips to test my water. I was wondering what test kit I should go out and buy?