Hey all im a brand new member to the forums and have been reading a lot of information, but i have a question or two of my own. A little history may be in order first, this is my first real experience with a fish tank. i had a 10g when i was much younger...and that didnt turn out so well :oops:. but im doing much much better this time around. ive got my 10g set up now i've got 3 cherry barbs and they have cycled the tank for me. i think im just about ready to introduce 2 more barbs and maybe a different school a little later. would anyone have any recommendations as to what kind of fish would play nice and look beautiful along with my cherry barbs?
Thanks for your advice!
Hello and welcome to the forum!
How about some bottom level fish, maybe some type of small cory or some kuhli loaches. Both of the fish mentioned, do better in groups of 3 or more.
Thank you for your responce Twistersmom, i did a little more research and it seems that the kuhli loaches like a sandy substrate if not at least softer then my sharp gravel and sharper rocks in the tank. do you find that to be true? i came across some info about blue rams...and i really liked them! from what i read they can be picky about eating and want a very nicely established tank. what do you think about them?
Twistersmom seems to have gone on hiatus;-) for the moment, so I hope she doesn't mind my jumping in to answer your questions.
If the gravel really is sharp and rough, any bottom fish will have problems. However, if it is regular aquarium gravel it may be suitable for some bottom dwellers. Kuhli loaches would be better with sand given their habits, but Corydoras can do fine with small-grain gravel that is not angular.
A warning on the blue rams: they are very sensitive to water parameters and water quality. Soft, slightly acidic water is basically mandatory for long-term health, and the temperature must be warm, above 80F. Many other fish cannot tolerate such high temperatures long-term; the upper limit for cherry barbs is given by many as 80F, so this could work but would more likely be pushing things as the rams would be better at 82+. You will find many posts from other members on this forum concerning failures to maintain rams.
I tend not to suggest specific fish to others, but one way to find ideas is to search for fish that are compatible with the requirements of those you have. Cherry barbs come from quiet streams and rivulets with water that is shallow and slow-flowing, and well shaded by overhanging vegetation. Fish that prefer a similar habitat are worth considering; and of course, their adult size must also be considered as you can only fit so much in a 10g aquarium. A signficant aspect of a successful community aquarium is one where th fish have very similar requirements respecting water parameters and environmental items like plants, rock, wood, etc.
Jump in at any time Byron! :-D
Work and water changes have kept me very busy lately!
All great advice from Byron. Have you found any other fish that you are interested in?
Hey Byron thanks for the reply, I do have just regular aquarium gravel, I guess I should look a bit more into Corydoras.
I was thinking along the same lines as far as the Blue Ram. The way it sounds to me is that I need to get a larger aquarium for my community tank...and use this 10g fo a BR tank. hehe I could handle that! ;-)
Thanks for the information about the natural habitat for the barbs, is there anywhere that I might be able to cross reference the recomendations for the cherry barbs and find another fish with the same requirements? Other then poking through the Tropical Fish Profiles here im not positive on where to look for soild answers. (as I type on the internet:???:) Back to the drawing board I suppose.
Hi Twistersmom, what I've found and looked into sofar either would end up being too large or just wouldnt work for my tank otherwise. The fist time I looked at the Kuhli loaches the first thing that came to my mind was....wow they're ugly! Then I took a second look and I said...they're so ugly that they're kinda cute heh. Owell i'll find something that'll work and I like sooner or later :-D.
How many chery barbs do you have in the 10 gal? Some type of small tetra, might work.
Do you know your ph level? That might help narrow the possibilities in suggesting compatible fish.
Everything I have read, says the tank should be 20 gal or larger to house the blue rams. Blue rams are very sensitive fish and hard to keep alive. I house bloivian rams instead. I have hard water with a higher ph, bolivian rams can handle higher ph levels better than the BR. Also, the bolivian rams are easier to keep as community fish, they can do well with temperatures in the high 70s. The bolivian will also need a 20 gal or larger tank.
There is some good info on how to set up the tank and suitable tankmates.
Hi, Im really sorry about the extended reply time. I was out of town this past weekend. Hmm let me see if I can catch back up.
Twistersmom I curretly have 5 cherry barbs in my 10g. As of yesterday my ph level was pretty low (or so i think) at 6. One week ago though it was a little higher about 6.5.. I think both the Blue Ram and Bolivian Ram will have to wait, but someday I'll be able to house them.
Byron...thank you. That site should help out quite a bit. It gives me a lot more information that would have taken me a long time to compile.
Sorry again for it taking me so long to reply back.
-edit- water testing done by using api master drip test kit. Ammonia 0, NitrIte 0, NitrAte 10, again Ph 6.
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