My 55 gallon tiger barb tank

Discussion in 'Freshwater Aquarium Builds' started by TSgtSparky, Jul 25, 2015.

  1. TSgtSparkyNew MemberMember

    New to the forum. I used to have mubuna in this tank, but while I was deployed my wife and kids slowly killed off my cichlids. So I went back to barbs because that's what I used to have and my kids can take care of them easier. I wanted to get your info on if you guys think I need to add anything to it.

    Stocked with: 15 tiny tiger barbs, 4 clown loaches, 3 Mickey Mouse platys, and a cat fish (only fish left from my Mbundus).

    The tank has a ton of filtration as well. Any info is appreciated. Thank you!

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  2. NympxzieValued MemberMember

    The only thing I would change are the clown loaches. They need to be i a group of 6+ and require a minimum tank size of 100 gallons (I think) but with an adult size of 12" they do not belong in a 55.

    Do you know what kind of catfsh?
  3. TSgtSparkyNew MemberMember

    They are really small for now and I know they get big eventually... I'm using them as an excuse to my wife to upgrade to a larger tank... She doesn't know how big they get.... The cat fish is a sidontas(?). Don't know if that's how it's spelled.... I added a picture of him. He's in the cave upside down swimming around. Hard to see.

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    The clowns school with the tiger barbs for now. It's very cool when the whole school tacks a trip from one side of the tank to the other. I love it!

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    The only new species I plan on introducing eventually is either a small school of Otos or some kind of Pleco. Any suggestions?

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  4. BDpupsWell Known MemberMember

    The clown loaches grow painfully slow. You can have them for quite awhile before they will need to be re-homed. Hopefully your wife will go for the bigger tanks eventually. But if not, then I would try to sell them and make a little $$. Large clowns aren't cheap. But if no one will pay for them , someone or a LFS will surely take them off your hands. Keeping 4 is fine. They are social fish, so you shouldn't keep just one. But 4 is fine.

    Otos or a fancy pleco would work. Bristle nose plecos are common and easy to get. But there is a huge variety of fancies that stay small enough to keep in your tank. You may need to order online and pay for shipping though.

    And you have a synodontis catfish. Not sure what kind it is though. There is a big variety of them.

    By the way, Welcome Home!!! Thanks for your service!
  5. TSgtSparkyNew MemberMember

    Thanks BDpups. I'm slowly greasing the wheels on a bigger tank. Ideally I want another tank in my man cave. Baby steps though. I have an LFS that usually sells a lot of different kinds, I guess I'm more worried about the poop from a Pleco. Are the dwarfs messy like there bigger cousins?

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  6. BDpupsWell Known MemberMember

    They are all pretty messy for the most part. But the ones that are less algae eaters than others will make less of a mess. Bristle nose are excellent algae eaters, so more waste.

    Check out here.  
    They have a search feature that you can enter the size, water conditions, etc of fish, and will give you a list of what there is for your specifications.
  7. TSgtSparkyNew MemberMember

    Very cool! Thanks

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