03-19-2012, 07:14 PM
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Originally Posted by cwgrl42
Temp: 74 F
Size: 50 gallon
This tank was set up and running for 12+ years with an oscar, goldfish (6 inches), an algae eater (at least 8 inches), and a silver fish with a red tail fin (at least 6 inches). I emptied it except for enough water to cover the gravel, and brought it home. I just switched out one of the carbon filters that came with it. The two in the 60 gallon filter are from the previous owner. It sat for about 12 hours in my cold garage before I brought it into the house and set it up.
Filtration: Tetra Whisper 60 and Tetra Whisper 20
Fish: 4 albino barbs (new), 4 tiger barbs (new), 3 tiger barbs (had for more than 6 months), 1 rainbow shark (new), and a Chinese Algae eater (if I could catch this sucker, he would sooooooo be gone!!!)
Problem: Just returned one rainbow shark to the pet store (I am such a d#*@a** for buying 2) because he looked stressed and he was glancing off the bottom of the tank. I suspected ich but he had no cysts showing. I just noticed the second rainbow shark and an albino barb doing the same thing. Not continuous, but I saw each of them doing it once. I added salt (about 1 tsp per 5 gallons when I added water and set it up a week ago). Yesterday I bought the 8 barbs and 2 rainbow sharks (1 went back today) and added them. I also added about 1 tablespoon of salt yesterday and today. Sooooo my question is......... If I nick this scratching thing in the bud (and how do I do it) will I be able to keep these parasites from infecting my other fish? Also, the rainbow shark is more interested in being out in the open even tho he has two caves to hang in.....is this a problem?
I have 7 Tiger Barbs. I have had 5 for two weeks and just added 2 more. I keep my pH at 7 and my temp at 79 degrees Fahrenheit. Ammonia level should always be at 0 and they do not like salt. Adding that many fish will cause ammonia spikes unless your tank is completely cycled (Not sure how long that would take for a 50 gallon. If you did it with just fish food it would probably take over a month. It just depends how you did it). Even with your tank completely cycled that is a lot of fish to add at once.
Do you have proper airation? Like a few air stones in there? Tiger Barbs need plenty of oxygen.