Hi! My name is Hope I'm 26 and my husband Travis. We are serious pet lovers. We have 2 dogs, and to extremely large cats and just bought ourselves a 125 gallon fish tank for an early christmas present. I personally have actually worked at a fish store, so I should be one handing out advice. Since I've pretty much been around fish (fresh and salt water) for a very long time. Just haven't gotten the chance to have a fish tank this size. With that much volume. Never owned a canister filter in my life. I'm good with tanks about 50 gallons and under. So to me this is a new experience.
Yet I am pregnant again. And seem to be brain dead when it comes to our fish and our new tank. So any advice and help would be greatly appreciated. I won't take any offense to advice offered to me. But I am pretty aware of what I need to do and so forth with adding fish to the tank, and the levels and the balance of the tank. And the water changes, all that fun stuff. Adding aquarium salt when needed and all that.
We have quite a little collection of fish so far. The tank has been up and running for a couple weeks most of the fish are doing great. Done all the water testings and so on and so forth.
I feel kind of stupid asking this question but. How do I know if I feeding them too much?
We have about 4 or 5 gourami's, a raphael catfish. He's awesome and a pictus catfish. We have a school of Tiger Barbs probably about (7). We had 3 tiger barbs till I heard they do alot better in a bigger school of them. So I got 4 more. It's kind of weird, they actually fight amongst each other. Now they don't since we added a few more., and a school Of some kind of decent sized tetras about 4 of them. Last but not least 3 Bala sharks and a Dinasour Bichir.
The tank is doing awesome. But the fish seem to be constantly hungry all the time. I feed them flake food twice a day, frozen blood worms every 3 days. Shrimp pellets once a day for the cats, and then at the the algae waffers. None of the food ever seems to hit the bottom of the tank. It's mostly gone by the time it hits the water. Is that enough to feed them? I just don't want to over feed and really throw my tank off. Thanks.
P.S. Are silver tip sharks fine in a freshwater tank or is all that true about them being brackish.? And how about silver dollars. I just love those fish. How hardy are they? Thanks again.