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Hi Y'all..... Flower here. Okay, last year my neighbor gaveme 150 G tank.... 6'Long,2' H...
Anyway, deciding to go for freshwater community to start with. canister filter, med size gravel sub, fake plants and decor(for the moment).
So after cycling. I have slowly over a period of 8 weeks, added small school, starting with
Male rosy barbs(13) they like the very bottom
Head light Tetra(11) right up top
Serape Tetra (11) happy right above the barbs.
Rainbow- 2 yellow Bos, 2 red millennium.
Small 1" Gold band Severum
Small 1" blue ram
Cardinal Tetra-6 so far.sm
2 snails.
1 pict catfish
Platys- 5 blue,9 sunburst,5 red mickey mouse.
3 Danio Sharks.
THEN, added 11 Tiger BARBS...small....

Now, the tank is stuffed about 60 fish,but now I avg, one dead fish per morning.
I knowwww that the Tiger barbs can be pretty assertive, but I figured with a tank that size, all the small schools would find their own space and with the sizes adding them last... didnt worry... water test fine... ph is good for all varieties... nit,amonia etc.... all fine. temp avg 80 ...

So question is...is this the Tiger Barbs? All the fish I have taken out each morning total of 6 have been the smallest of the school, surprisingly the cardinal (smallest in tank) are fine. But seems to be only the serape tetras, or rosy barbs. So any thoughts??? I wanna know if this will settle down, its been about 10 days since I added Tiger barbs... so any thoughts would be awesome!!!
Seeing as how the very small blue ram has done great, from what I understand they can be pretty sensitive, I can help but think my H2O quality is all good, so what y'all think.....????
I will say, I could use more hiding caves....but other than that, should be plenty of seperation areas with decor to provide all the fish with a safe area .
And please, I know plants need to be a part of any good tank, please don't preach to me about that:roll:..... it will come in time, along with CO2 and equipment needed......... so, with that said,THIS is the Tiger BARBS right>?????

OK FORGIVE SPELLING AND COMMON NAMES... I WISH WE ALL USED COMMON NAMES - so much easier...on the hobbyist


Anywho, Thanks...xxoo The flower child.....
Peace
 

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A tank can be good without live plants.

The rosy barbs hanging out on the bottom is not a good sign - they ought to be very active and all over the tank.

Did you quarantine any of the fish?
 

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Actually I have not. The largest fish in the tank is 1 1/2" the tank being 6' in Length, I can't help but feel, 50 fish less than an 1" would find plenty of territory. As for the Rosy M Barbs...
Shortly after cycling 2 weeks WO fish, I purchased the H light Tetra-11 and small Red Rosy Barbs-13.
Immediately the Tetra took over the upper and the barbs, schooled together well right about the ground and stayed between the bottom 2-4" So, that has been their place.. That tank ran for approx...3-4 weeks, I'm really curious as to if the Tiger barbs, will eventually feel powerful enough to slow down, Of course IF.... They are the cause, so are they????
 

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Quarantining has nothing to do with territories, or size or bioload. It's about making sure the fish are "healthy" before they are added to the main tank. The fact that the rosy barbs are not acting as they should indicates there's likely a problem of some sort. Fish often die for reasons we cannot determine. It's actually pretty rare that we know exactly what killed a fish, because unless its something easily identifiable, all we can do is make an educated guess which is all too often just a shot in the dark.

Do I think it's the tiger barbs? No, not without seeing anything that would indicate that it was them. There's just not enough to go on to say one way or another.

In my experience keeping both rosy barbs and serpae tetras with tiger barbs, they should all get along just fine - especially in such a large tank. Rosy barbs are no push overs, unless there's something wrong with them. When I first introduced the serpae tetras to the tiger barb tank (29 gallons), there was a brawl ad the tigers killed one of the tetras. That was the only time there was any issue - after that everything was fine, even when they were moved to a 55.
 

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No, I did not quarantine . The tank was cycled with the school of rosy barbs, they have been their the longest w the h light tetras, they have always roamed the bottom of the tank, always... the were the only two schools or fish of any kind for another month. Anyway, I appreciate your help. Any other ideas on why losing fish??
 

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What leads you to think that it's the tiger barbs?
 

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Honestly, the only way to really know if the deaths are being caused by another fish is if it has wounds, missing fins, missing meat (unless there are fish with poison, which you don't seem to have).
 
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