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Old 09-07-2011, 12:35 PM   #1
 
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Hey, I am new on the forum. Recently set up a fresh water tank and would like to make sure my fish stay healthy and I am doing the best I can for them. I figured the best way to learn and find out information would be to join here so here I am. I have always read through forums (for fish, cars, etc) but this will be the first I joined. Thanks in advance!
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Old 09-07-2011, 12:36 PM   #2
 
Hi!

there is a lot of good information on here and a lot of helpful people. hopefully you tank goes well! what kind of fish do you have/want to have?
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Old 09-07-2011, 12:39 PM   #3
 
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Have my tank set up for 2 months now - have 3 tiger barbs, 2 red fin barbs, 2 convicts who recently had fry and 3 red tetra. 1 barb & 1 red fin seems to have lost some color which has me a little worried. Another barb's fins looked like they are torn. Not sure if one fish is attacking or if its a parasite.
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Old 09-07-2011, 02:05 PM   #4
 
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Hello and welcome to TFK

A few notes on the fish that you currently have in the tank. Convicts are a very nasty fish especially when they are spawing and raising fry. They have been known to defend their territory against oscars that are up to 3 times their size. They are great parent raisers but they can be a difficult fish to keep within a community type setting is the space is not large enough and also depending on the fish kept with them.

For the Tiger barb these fish are notorious fin nippers and actually need to be kept in a larger group of 7 or more. Larger groups does tend to help keep their fin nipping tendency within the group. Not sure what type of fish you mean by red fin barb, and on the tetras it could be either red phantom tetra or red eye tetra.

The pale coloration that you are seeing in the fish I believe is probably from stress and the torn fins from the barb is probably from one of the other barbs, or possibly the convict if it was existing before the convicts had been seperated from spawning, which I believe you said was done in another post.

For the best of the fish and also to help to keep you from experiencing frustration down the road, you need to reconsider the fish that you would like to keep. You can find more information on the fish from the tropical fish profiles, which is found at the top of the page second tab from the left. Also you can click on the shaded name to pull of the profile information.
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Old 09-07-2011, 02:55 PM   #5
 
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Thanks for your reply in both of my posts - I appreciate your help very much. I will take your advice and see if I can find a home for the other fish or perhaps find another tank to make their home.

They are red phantom tetra & tinfoil (red finned) barb - sorry for the confusion.

The convicts were brutal to the rest of tank which caused me to go out and buy a divider - & at first I thought the fry needed protection!

Is there a time frame when I should separate the parents & fry? What would be the next step now that the fry is about 2 weeks old? Thanks again!
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Old 09-08-2011, 12:43 AM   #6
 
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Yeah convicts can get rather nasty towards other fish when they are spawning and raising their fry. Another tank would definitly be advisable. With being able to look up more information on the fish that you currently have, the tinfoil barb is definitly not good for your setup. From the profile this fish gets rather large 14 inches and grow quickly. It is recommended to keep them in no smaller tank than 200 gallon and like other barb and tetras they are a shoaling fish and need to be kept in groups of 6 or more. With the red phantom tetra they do better in cooler waters and do not fare well in warmer tropical settings, perfered temp is between 68 to 73.

If it was me and was able to set up another tank I would choose between either the tetras or the tiger barbs, and rehome the other two species. Depending on which you choose you can do a nice group of either of the species, and depending on the tank size you could add another group of either suitable barbs with the tiger barbs, or tetras with the red phantom tetras. With either setup you could also do a substrate fish if you wanted to add some interest to the lower level of the tank.

For the convicts I would do them as a species tank only. With the fry you can leave them with the parents until they get ready to spawn again. Once they start to show prespawning behavior I would seperate the fry from the parents. Once the parents spawn they will consider the fry from the previous spawn to be something to protect their current spawn from. You can usually keep the fry with the parents for about a month. Until tahn I would allow the parents to raise the fry and enjoy being able to watch them do so.
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Old 09-08-2011, 10:54 AM   #7
 
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I should have a 55 gallon coming in soon. Does the following make sense :

My current tank will be tiger barb only
Sell or return for store credit - Tin Foil Barbs & Tetra
55 gallon will be convict only tank.

I love watching the parents take care of the fry, I find it fascinating how great of parents they are. The first time I saw the parents transporting the fry in their mouth I was scared they were eating the babies and then amazed that it was for protection.
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Old 09-08-2011, 10:56 AM   #8
 
that sounds like a good plan. if you are interested, i have been told that you shouldn't have any problems putting bottom feeders in with tiger barbs. adding something like cories adds some variety, especially since tiger barbs are upper tank fish.
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Old 09-08-2011, 11:36 AM   #9
 
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hello and welcome.
keep your tiger barbs in as large a group as you can,and mix the colours
if you want.
i've kept corydora catfish in with mine,and they were fine.
separating the fish is a good idea,and hope you
get the new tank up and running with ease.
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Old 09-08-2011, 12:13 PM   #10
 
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As others have said this does sound like a good plan. With the tiger barb you can add a substrate fish like corys. With the convicts in the 55 gallon you will have enough room to be able to have an area for fry to grow out in.
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