Within a few months......Noobie said:Right. The loach/gourami suggestion was for an earlier post.
My RTS is MAYBE 2 in long, and so are the TFBs. My tigers are all under 1.5 inches so far. As it stands for now, I'm almost exactly at 10 inches (if not less) of fish in a 10 gal tank. I'm aware that ratio will change dramatically. Question is, how soon will i need to upgrade?
Interesting that you were having an issue with nitrates. I was having the same thing, and was worried that I heading for a crash. I'm sure it's not related, but it is a curious coinsidence(SP). In fact, I am very glad that the 55 was in mid cycle. I'd rather have a few more water changes, etc to do, than loss my little buddies in a crash.Noobie said:I would tend to agree with Darkwolf in that I had a situation last weekend where I experienced a massive nitrite/nitrate spike in my 10 gallon tank...Off the scale on 2 different brands of test strips! It started immediately after moving my tin foils and redtail into their new home, a 29 gallon tank. (related?) Well the barbs seemed near death stressed out, so I moved them into the 29 gal tank, leaving the 10 empty. I purchased Nutrafin's bio-cycle, added it to both tanks, and firstly, the tigers seem much happier in the larger tank, however, the chemistry of the smaller tank has not yet levelled off...But in accordance with replying to Darkwolf's post...I agree. Whether it's the fact that they're happier about being in a larger tank, with their old tank mates, or whether they can actually breathe in the new tank is unclear...I haven't asked them. Possibly a topic best left to Mr. Springer...
Additionally, during this high-stress period for my barbs, the smallest of the 4 seems to be having a problem with what could best be described as "fin rot". Knowing that tiger barbs are notorious fin nippers, i would initially attribute it to "bullying" by the larger barbs, although i haven't witnessed any evidence of this, and it's just the one fish that seems to be experiencing this phenomenon. Do barbs have problems with fin rot? Will they grow back?
I have six serpae tetras in a 29 gallon tank with three tiger barbs. They all get along fine and sometimes school around with each other. No fin nipping so far. ;Dhardcore_gamer said:I was about to ask the same thing.
I've been advised against this but I kind of have my heart set on some tiger barbs right now. I want to buy 6 of them for my 20 gallon tank once it's cycled.
I was going to ask if 6 cherry barbs or perhaps 6 serpae tetras would be compatible in a 20 gallon tank with a school of tiger barbs. Those are really the only two species of fish I'd want to put with them. Them and a small group of bottom dwellers like cories.