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huntin4stiles 12-13-2009 03:32 PM

Stocking issues
 
I have a 30 gallon breeder with one rubberlip pleco and one peacock ell. both of which are mainly nocturnal so i want some daylight fish. i like angels or tiger barbs but not sure of the compatability. any suggestions or comments are welcome. Thanks in advance.

Marshall

Hawkian 12-13-2009 03:45 PM

Well... barbs OR angels would be good in there but not together...

aunt kymmie 12-13-2009 03:50 PM

IMHO a 30gl is too small for an adult angel, much less multiple angels. A school of tigers would be more appropriate. What size does an adult peacock eel obtain??

Angel079 12-13-2009 03:53 PM

Noo please no Angels - They grow to a size of 10-12" easily, they couldn't move around in a 30g any more, min 55g for them guys.

Now a school of tiger barbs, yes that'd work much nicer for your tank - Provided you can offer their water needs pH 6-8 kh 5-15 and Temps ~ 75-79F, meaning no soft water.

There's quite some fish you could add, however its difficult to make suggestions w/out knowing your water parameters and/ or would be foolish to do so.

Hawkian 12-13-2009 04:45 PM

Sorry but you gotta see the irony in... Angel recommending against... angels! LOL

Sorry... feeling somewhat goofy today.

Angel's right though... angels will get too big. I have barbs. They're great... but they're no angels!

Angel079 12-13-2009 05:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hawkian (Post 289062)
Sorry but you gotta see the irony in... Angel recommending against... angels! LOL

Sorry... feeling somewhat goofy today.

Angel's right though... angels will get too big. I have barbs. They're great... but they're no angels!

:lol: you are a goofy one! Thanks i needed the laugh

huntin4stiles 12-13-2009 09:50 PM

i have never had my water tested and have never needed to. so im not sure of the parameters

Hawkian 12-13-2009 10:01 PM

You should invest in a water test kit for the basics: ammonia, nitrites, nitrates, pH. Gh and kH kits are also available but you only need them based on the fish you keep.

It's money well invested if you're serious about being a fish hobbyist.

huntin4stiles 12-14-2009 07:20 AM

how many tiger barbs should i put in there? 5, 6?

Angel079 12-14-2009 08:06 AM

Well some fish thrive in soft acidic water, others in hard water - Without testing how would you know what water you have and what fish thrive in there unless you use the "test on live animal method" :-)
Like Hawkin said its money well invested, not only to determine your pH & Hardness, but also your Nitrate, Nitrite and Ammonia, minimal amounts of some of these will be highly toxic to your fish, without knowing they're there since you can't see them, the only other way to find out is dead fish and that's kinda too late then :-)


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