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babycherry 02-25-2012 10:36 PM

Cherry Barb Fry in Abandoned Tank
 
Hi there,

I have been overseas for about 10 weeks and because I didn't have anyone to look after my freshwater tropical fish I decided to take them back to the fish shop and turn off my aquarium. When I returned 3 months later, I found at least two cherry barbs, just large enough to be able to specify their species, swimming around the tank. There has been nothing to eat, except perhaps small amounts of algae that the snails have been beaten to. The lights have been off, but a patch of java moss has survived. The tank is about 20 degrees celsius and probably hasn't dropped below that. The water parameters are fine. I have another tank that I could transfer the cherry barbs to - I am worried about putting crushed fish flakes into the system without a functioning filter. If they have survived thus far, should i leave them to it until they are large enough to avoid being sucked into a filter, or should i transfer them and start anew?

GwenInNM 02-26-2012 08:02 AM

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Originally Posted by babycherry (Post 994073)
Hi there,

I have been overseas for about 10 weeks and because I didn't have anyone to look after my freshwater tropical fish I decided to take them back to the fish shop and turn off my aquarium. When I returned 3 months later, I found at least two cherry barbs, just large enough to be able to specify their species, swimming around the tank. There has been nothing to eat, except perhaps small amounts of algae that the snails have been beaten to. The lights have been off, but a patch of java moss has survived. The tank is about 20 degrees celsius and probably hasn't dropped below that. The water parameters are fine. I have another tank that I could transfer the cherry barbs to - I am worried about putting crushed fish flakes into the system without a functioning filter. If they have survived thus far, should i leave them to it until they are large enough to avoid being sucked into a filter, or should i transfer them and start anew?


Amazing little survivors! Why don't you just get a sponge filter that goes over the intake and turn the tank back on. I hope they make it.

Gwen

SeaHorse 02-26-2012 08:05 AM

Well on the one hand they have done just fine on their own.... a tiny tiny bit of food each day will not hurt them, just ensure they are getting something. And you know.... now that you know they are there.... you will be back into the world of fish so fast you won't know what hit you!!!
Are you staying home now to set up a full functioning tank again? I guess that is the question.


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