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Bigdawg355 06-25-2013 05:28 PM

New to planted tanks
Hi everyone I'm new to the hobby and would like to have a good balance in plants and fish as of now I have 1 African featherfin catfish 3 bala sharks and 5 tiger barbs as for plants I have one bundle of what I think is moneywort and one other plant not sure what it is but the guy at store told me it was lettuce? What I would like to find out is what plants to put with them to look natural and what other fish I could possible add. Any ideas ?
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Bigdawg355 06-26-2013 01:22 AM

Just an update the"lettuce" plant is actually an amazon sword
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Byron 06-26-2013 04:16 PM

I see some possible issues with the fish mentioned;-) so could you indicate the tank size? And are all of these permanent, meaning would you be able to replace any or not?

I can get to the plants when we have the fish settled.


Bigdawg355 06-26-2013 06:39 PM

It's a 55 gallon, the guy at the store said the balas would be fine in that size tank but I have learned he dont know anything bout fish, they will be moved to a custom built tank just for them in the future.
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Agent13 06-26-2013 06:46 PM

Oooh. The bala sharks will outgrow this. I have 3 in my 75 and thats pushing it really and will be upgraded to a ~125 within a yr. They get BIG and are active swimmers.

Bigdawg355 06-26-2013 06:59 PM

Ya that's what I've learned , I have plans to build a larger tank soon
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Byron 06-26-2013 07:42 PM

That deals with the Balas. Which leaves us with the Featherfin, of which I personally know nothing but from my research I gather this is a risky fish. Attaining 9 inches, some note it is aggressive. Planet Catfish says OK with similar-sized fish, and Julian Dignall (the owner) certainly knows catfish if anyone does, so I would accept this. Here's the site:
Synodontis eupterus • Mochokidae • Cat-eLog

Which leaves us with the Tiger Barb. I would certainly up these to avoid possible (read, probable) nipping of the other fish in time, but given the warning on the Featherfin, you might want to remove them altogether. Here's our profile:

Hope this helps.

Oh, plants. With large fish, something sturdy. The common Amazon sword might manage. And Anubias (attaches to wood or rock) is pretty tough.


Agent13 06-26-2013 07:44 PM

Oh good! They are pretty cute. I love mine. I wouldn't add more fish till you do that but I would get plenty plants if I were you. I don't honestly remember the name of most of mine but I ordered a stupidly huge amount from an aquarium plant website. Whatever doesn't live they will all have fun destroying.

Bigdawg355 06-26-2013 09:41 PM

The catfish seems very docile and seems to get along with everyone ok, never have seen him pick on any of the others was even kinda schooling with the balas a few times
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Agent13 06-26-2013 10:43 PM

Catfish may be OK. I have a pretty good size Synodontis nigriventris in my African tank and he is so sweet and seems to cause some kinda peace amogst the psycho cichlids. Really of my experience and knowledge my concern is just the barbs.

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