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FishNewbie13 09-24-2012 03:52 AM

HELP with my 29 gal tank
 
Hi, so if you couldnt tell by my name, I am new to having a fish tank.
Me and my roommate recently purchased a 29 gallon tank. And without doing to much research we started filling it with fish(bad mistake, i know). We got an idea from some of the employees at our local fish store but im still not sold on our tank community.

Our fish tank currently has 4 tiger barbs, 2 red tailed sharks, and 1 chinese algae eater.

Now I keep reading and hearing different things from different people, and so this leads me to a couple questions so I can get my facts straight.
1. Is it a bad idea to have 2 red tailed sharks in the same tank?
2. Is a 29 Gal tank even big enough for 2 let alone 1 red tailed shark? (we got them when they were really young, and the guy at the pet store said they would be fine, then read on the web that its not a good idea)
3. What kind of upkeep does this need? We were told to change about 20% of the water each week for the first month, then once every month or so. Weve had it 3 weeks, and its not looking all that clean, could it be the filter? How often do we change those? And do we ever clean out the rocks at the bottom, they are filled with old food and poop im guessing, is this normal?
4. We want to add some live plants, any good ideas for plants? (we have some moss and a littler fern, not sure the proper names)

Please help, I feel kind of lost in this whole fish tank thing and just looking for some guidance and figured this was the right place to come.
As far as our fish set up is concerned, we do love our 2 red tails, but along with the tiger barbs and the algae eater were not particularly attached to them and would start over if we need to (our fish store gives us store credit for fish).

Any help would be wonderful

ReefTrooper 09-24-2012 07:32 AM

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Originally Posted by FishNewbie13 (Post 1254967)
Hi, so if you couldnt tell by my name, I am new to having a fish tank.
Me and my roommate recently purchased a 29 gallon tank. And without doing to much research we started filling it with fish(bad mistake, i know). We got an idea from some of the employees at our local fish store but im still not sold on our tank community.

Our fish tank currently has 4 tiger barbs, 2 red tailed sharks, and 1 chinese algae eater.

Now I keep reading and hearing different things from different people, and so this leads me to a couple questions so I can get my facts straight.
1. Is it a bad idea to have 2 red tailed sharks in the same tank?
2. Is a 29 Gal tank even big enough for 2 let alone 1 red tailed shark? (we got them when they were really young, and the guy at the pet store said they would be fine, then read on the web that its not a good idea)
3. What kind of upkeep does this need? We were told to change about 20% of the water each week for the first month, then once every month or so. Weve had it 3 weeks, and its not looking all that clean, could it be the filter? How often do we change those? And do we ever clean out the rocks at the bottom, they are filled with old food and poop im guessing, is this normal?
4. We want to add some live plants, any good ideas for plants? (we have some moss and a littler fern, not sure the proper names)

Please help, I feel kind of lost in this whole fish tank thing and just looking for some guidance and figured this was the right place to come.
As far as our fish set up is concerned, we do love our 2 red tails, but along with the tiger barbs and the algae eater were not particularly attached to them and would start over if we need to (our fish store gives us store credit for fish).

Any help would be wonderful

Hey there :wave: and welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping!! Ill go directly to your questions:
1) Yes it is a Bad idea especially in your 29 gal which is not even enough for one let alone two.
20 I guess my first answer answers even this one . But ill say it again no it is not okay and id recommend somehow trading it for a fish better suited to your tank.
3)Yes the 20 % water change is good but continue this practice and not just for the first month. Change 15-20 % of the total water volume every week for good water quality.I would recommend cleaning your filter and sponges or whatever media once monthly or even every 3 weeks clean it using old water from your tank which you can collect during water changes.U are supposed to use a siphon to siphon out the dirt from the bottom of your tank. Also if you have rocks as substrate and not gravel it removes all your chances of keeping live plants and also decreases the amount of helpful bacteria in your tank as these usually inhabit the gravel in an aquarium and larger rocks means less bacteria.
4) assuming what you mean is Java moss and Java fern yes these were good choices as these are very easy to keep and people even say they are impossible to kill!!These also do not need gravel and are so a good choice.
Hope this helps!! :dunno::thumbsup:


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