Hi everybody! :)
My husband surprised me over the weekend with a 75 gallon aquarium! :) I'm so excited! I have two questions though.
First, I think I've decided on getting a severum. Are there any smaller schooling fish that would be ok with a severum? Not too small, of course. What about a school of tiger barbs? Would they be tough enough?
Second, this isn't my first aquarium so I know all about cycling the tank and such. I took down my fully cycled 29 gallon and put all the gravel, plants, and driftwood into the 75. I also stuck my biofilter thing into the new filter. I even put most of the water and my one rainbowfish from the 29 in the 75. How long do I need to wait before adding more fish?
The next, and probably most important, item you need is a good liquid test kit. API seems to be a favorite. It is priced well and has most of the important tests you'll need for your tank.
A large tank can take anywhere from 2-12 weeks to cycle. Largely depending upon the size. yours should not take that long. By getting the test kit, you will be able to keep a log to watch the progress of your tank's cycle. Ammonia, nitrates, and nitrites are the key components to watch. You are using one of the "accelerated" methods by using seasoned gravel, water, filters, and such. Bacteria has already started to grow.
By keeping a journal of your tank's progress you will see a spike in ammonia , nitrates and nitrites. Your pH may also move around. You may have only a "mini" spike in ammonia, since you are using seasoned material. The tank is ready when the ammonia reaches zero. But, a word of caution. Do not immediately go out and try to stock the aquarium. Buy fish periodically and let the tank rebound until the full stocking compliment is achieved.
Thanks! I do have an ammonia test and a nitrite test that I forgot all about. :) I tested the water and the ammonia test turned yellow...I lost the color card, but I know it goes from light yellow to green the higher the ammonia...lol. The nitrite test showed 0. :) I'll keep testing though because the tank has only been set up for 3 days now.
Another question... If the tiger barbs and the severum did work out, is there any other cichlid that would work in the tank with them? I've always wanted cichlids and I'm so excited! :)
Here's a picture of my new tank! :)
servrums are awesome i have them in my 4ft community tank and they are a great addtion
sorry i dont keep mine with barbs
very cool choice though
Yellow is good- it means no ammonia. I'd really recommend getting a nitrate test too, as when you start getting steady nitrate readings you will know your tank is cycled (on top of there being no ammonia and nitrites). It may take a few days for the ammonia to spike in this tank, as one rainbow is a very small bioload for a 75G.
That's a beatiful tank! I wish my wife would surprise me with one!
I think Tiger barbs would be ok with the severum. When I had my severum I had black skirts and boesemani rainbows and they did well together. But, like Herefishy said, just add the fish slowly, a few at a time (once your tank is cycled of course!).
I've successfully kept Gold severums with community fish.. a selection of tetras, kuhli loaches, ancistrus and corys. There was never any aggression from the sevs (I added them to the community when they were still very small). I don't know about the tiger barbs as I've never kept the two together, but just watch out for any fin nipping from the barbs if you do try it.
Severums are a slow peaceful fish suitable for most community aquariums.I would not put tiger barbs or buenos aeries tetras with them .Both can be relentless in fin nipping, and will no doubt cause considerable stress to the severum or severums.
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