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leifthebunny 03-18-2007 09:21 PM

Hello all
Well, I finally got my start with a fish tank and today I added my first batch of fish. I'm running a 90 gallon planted freshwater tank with 6 cherry barbs, 2 peppered cories and 6 algae eating shrimp. Looking forward to expanding the tank. My cats have already found quite a bit of entertainment in the tank and I'll likely have to keep an eye on them. :p

Falina 03-18-2007 09:22 PM


what else do you plan on putting in the tank?

leifthebunny 03-18-2007 09:28 PM

My LFS told me that the number of fish I have is too low to cycle a tank, so I asked them to put flame tetras on the list for ordering this week. Hopefully they come in on Thursday. I'm also looking at adding black phantom tetras, harlequin rasbora, a pair of small blue gouramis and some clown plecos.

I was hoping to do some lobsters but the LFS showed me what lobsters do to the plants, so I'll have to add them into my second tank. :)

musho3210 03-18-2007 09:29 PM

why would you cycle with flame tetras, dont order them and cycle with black neon tetras or platies or something hardy, the flame tetras probably wont survive the cycle

leifthebunny 03-18-2007 09:33 PM

Well, I know the store's closed now and they aren't open on Monday. I do think I'm commited to them, so I can talk with them later.

musho3210 03-18-2007 09:35 PM

well carefull, your tank isnt ready for algae eaters (shrimp, snails algae eating fish) and not ready for non hardy fish (most fish species, cories do fall in this category)

leifthebunny 03-18-2007 09:38 PM

I've got algae wafers which the cories have been all over. I was watching some of the shrimp trying to abscond with some pieces of the wafer earlier today since cories didn't want to relinquish their claim on the spot. :P Pretty funny wathing the shrimp attempt to carry the piece since he wasn't strong enough to swim with it.

Falina 03-18-2007 09:45 PM


well carefull, your tank isnt ready for algae eaters (shrimp, snails algae eating fish) and not ready for non hardy fish (most fish species, cories do fall in this category)
musho did you mean by this that cories are or are not hardy fish? it seems like you are saying they are not but from my experience they seem to be thoguh this may just be good luck. when i first got my 10g tank i cycled with 6 cories (not intentionally. this was when i was cluless and thoguht that all there was to fishkeeping was putting some fish into a contained volume of water and feeding once in a while) so anyway, i got the tank filled up with water, and had the cories in it within an hour or so i effectively did actually cycle with them but nobody had ever suggested that i should cycle first, or even that the process existed.

anyway my point was that all 6 made it and were and remain very healthy fish despite being used to cycle.

however - not recommended! tbh, now that i know a bit about cycling, i prefer a fishless cycle altogether

musho3210 03-18-2007 09:55 PM

Cories are hardy fish, just not hardy when it comes to cycling. There omnivores so make sure you feed them some meaty foods :)

Falina 03-18-2007 10:00 PM

i must just have been really lucky then. mine love bloodworm though i hate watching them eat them - because of the shape of their mouths they seem to suck the contents out then leave the skin - gives me the creeps. i know its really silly but im terrified of worms and seeing them do that just doesnt impress me lol

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