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Old 01-13-2009, 11:39 PM   #11
 
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If you are going to fish cycle with one of the fish listed above, I would go with the tiger barbs, and would get 6 instead of 5. The other fish are not recommended as starter fish. Make sure you buy a good water test kit, if you do not already have one. Good luck!
Just an update :)

Cycling 55 Gallon Parameters so far are .50 ammonia :/ and 0 nitrites.
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Old 01-15-2009, 09:22 PM   #12
 
Great! Good job getting the zebra danios! They are great fish! you chould get 5 cories!
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Old 01-15-2009, 10:24 PM   #13
 
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Great! Good job getting the zebra danios! They are great fish! you chould get 5 cories!
I like the lobster idea, i always feel so sorry for them...best of luck! tell me how it goes.
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Old 01-18-2009, 11:23 AM   #14
 
Hey, currently doing a mini cycle on a 55 gallon also:

2 Tiger Barbs
2 Green Tiger Barbs
4 Zebra Danios
2 Albino Zebra Danios
1 Pleco

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Old 01-18-2009, 07:49 PM   #15
 
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I like the lobster idea, i always feel so sorry for them...best of luck! tell me how it goes.
thanks! I will! See the thing is the other day my 6 year old brother went to a grocery store, and they just got some new lobsters, that asked if he wanted to pet one and he said yes. IT WAS SOOOO SAD!
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Old 01-18-2009, 11:29 PM   #16
 
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So I'm looking at buying:

1 Redtail Shark
1 Angelfish
5-10 Neon Tetras
1 Pleco.
5 Tiger Barbs

I do understand water cycling, but to speed this up...I am going to use fish, which of these would be best? Looking for about 2 fish to put in until water cycling is finished.
I have
6 tiger barbs
6 green barbs
3 cherry barbs
1 rainbow shark
1 plec

That being said, the angelfish is probably not a good idea since the barbs are known to be fin nippers and will most likely kill it. Everything ive read about sharks pretty much says that all the fish in your tank should be about the same size or he is likely to kill them. Ive yet to experience this but my tank is only months old.

I noticed that before i added the green barbs that the shark was very agressive towards the cherry barbs. He killed 3, I started with 6. After adding the green barbs he seems to have calmed down alot and stopped attacking other fish
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