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joelfish 07-22-2008 01:23 AM

45 gallon fish tank
 
hello everyone, here are some pics/vids of my tank
I have an orange dwarf gourami
1tinfoil barb
4 or 5 goldfish
2 female adult guppies
2 bala sharks
2 moonlight gourami
1 blue crayfish

They all eat goldfish flake food and the occassional feeder guppies,lol my goldfish eat the guppies also.
Pictures:
http://www.fishforum.com/userpix/2220_052908_1911_1.jpg
http://www.fishforum.com/userpix/2220_072108_2238_1.jpg
http://www.fishforum.com/userpix/2220_072108_2239_2.jpg
http://www.fishforum.com/userpix/2220_072208_0141_1.jpg
http://www.fishforum.com/userpix/2220_072208_0142_1.jpg
videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMBdah0_KtM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Hpd6H6MzKI
p.s. I gave the other brown crayfish to a friend because he was getting beat up by the blue crayfish, but it died in the process of my friend moving to his new place.

Pasfur 07-22-2008 07:01 AM

Be prepared for extremely rapid growth from your Tinfoils. They grow much faster than any fish i have ever kept. They could easily grow at a rate of 1'' per month and be a full 12'' to 14'' within a year to 18 months.

The Bala shark is also a fast growing fish which regularly develops bacterial infections in the mouth area, especially if not given adequate swimming space.

This sort of growth is going to require massive water changes on your part several times per week. Just be prepared!

joelfish 07-22-2008 07:32 PM

I have been looking foward to their growth so i have a reason to get a bigger tank but these guys haven't been growing. I've had them form like 4 or 5 months and their all the same size.

Pasfur 07-22-2008 08:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joelfish
I have been looking foward to their growth so i have a reason to get a bigger tank but these guys haven't been growing. I've had them form like 4 or 5 months and their all the same size.

Fish release hormones into the water which inhibit their growth. When overstocked they will exhibit very little growth. This is the case in your aquarium, which is not big enough to keep even a trio of adult Tinfoil Barbs. These same hormones cause the internal organs of the fish to develop improperly and will result in visual growth deformities, as well as a weak immunity system.

Most hobbyists never have the "opportunity" to see this occur because fish in these setups rarely live longer than 18 to 24 months, despite having a natural lifespan in excess of 10 years.

Don't feel bad. This is a very common mistake. Fishkeepers should not wait for fish to grow to get a larger tank. In fact, getting the larger tank will encourage proper growth and development.


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