Fish that get along???
To whom this may concern.,
I just recently purchased and put together a freshwater 10 gallon tank. I bought 3 tiger barbs and 1 Mickey Mouse Platy as it was the only one. I have had them for 2 days and 2 of my tigers are now dead. My husband told me that the tiger barbs had been pestering the Mickey Mouse and that the Mickey was trying to defend itself. Do you think it killed the two tiger barbs? And if so do I need to get another mickey when I go to get more tiger barbs as I have a 14day waranty on the tiger barbs thanks to petsmart. ?
I am new with fishes and would appreciate the help.
Tiger Barb are not very nice fishies.;-) We have fish profiles, under the second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top of the page, or you can click on shaded fish names to see that profile. It will explain their nippiness and aggressive nature, and that they should only be in groups of 8 (and preferably more than that) in a 30g tank or larger. You will not have a calm 10g tank with any of these guys. I would return the remaining Tiger.
Platy is also in the profiles. They should be in a larger tank, but in a 10g you could have a trio. All males is best, as one female present will mean hundreds of fry which is another problem.
And welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.:-)
Ok now all three of the tigers are dead. I am startingto believe that they were not eating the flakes i was providing. Do i need to switch food when I get more? Also, petsmart employees cannot differentiate between males and females causing a higher issue. imthiking to getmy three tiger barbs back and getting one other mickey mouse platy. i'm hoping it will solve my problem. any thoughts?
You can read about cycling here:
and this article will give you more background on bacteria generally:
The easiest cycling is with some live plants, even floating plants work. But have a read of the cycling article and we can go from there. Note that it can take from 2 to 8 weeks normally to cycle a new tank.
I bought a filter that cycles the water. I've had it for three days now. When can I get fish in there?
Cycling takes 2-8 weeks (4 or so is average).
You also need a source of ammonia to feed the bacteria, no ammonia and the bacteria will starve and you have to start over.
Byron linked an article about how to cycle a tank and the different methods available. I would strongly advice reading it over, and follow one of the methods described. If you want to cycle without fish you can use either decaying fish food (just put food in as if there were fish to eat it), or use pure ammonia. In all methods you need a test kit to know where in the cycle you are. The API Master Test Kit has all the ones you need, or you can get them individually (Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate). Liquid tests seem to work better than strips.
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