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What fish to get next? MISSING FISH RE-APPEARS!!!!
I don't understand why you're having so much trouble with tropical fish. Do the people at the fish store know anything, or are you going to a giant petco or something like that? when I was like 12 and had a fishtank, I would go ask the guy who ran the shop all kinds of questions and he was very helpful. those guys should be able to tell you which are aggressive, which co-exist naturally, etc.
i like to consider my self a fish keeping expert, i have 4 tanks, a 10 gallon, a 2.5 gallon, a 30 gallon and a 150 gallon tank.
your last fish thread i read and i knew they were going to die.
so, since pictus cat fish are fuggin awesome, i will help you...
first of all...
what size tank do you have?
what kind and how many plants do you have?
what kind of light do you have? incandescent or florescent
do you know the PH of your water?
do you know the ammonia level of your water? any ammonia is bad FYI
what filter are you using?
do you have a heater? if so how many watts?
what kind of substrate do you have?
What are you feeding them?
do you have any bottom dwellers ( except for the pictus? )
don't use chemicals to clean the tank.. sure.. you could get away with diluted chlorine but you have to rinse it really really well.. take a hose to it.. better to just use a razor blade on gunk stuck to it and hose it out with water.
Skar now has a 20g. I've never seen amonia in a tank before.. even with poor filteration.. bacteria quickly builds and turns it into nitrite...
Skar.. did you get those test strips I told you about? that can read nitrite and nitrate? at 1 week its possible your tank is cycled, but with your 20gallon aquaclear HOB filter I doubt it.. you should check it.. I'm sure you have high Nitrite or Nitrate at this point..
It took about 2 weeks for my tank to get through its first cycle (Ammonia to nitrite to nitrate to ... whatever isn't toxic to fish anymore) once it's fully cycled and with proper filteration you wont really see nitrite or nitrate anymore. until you add more bio load such as a new fish to the tank.
anyway.. test the water throw a few more tiger barbs in there.. and if it its at 0 you can get a nice little school of like 7-10 neons.. i like the orange+blue fish look.
You might want to pick up a 2nd filter.. that first one is barely adequate for a lightly stocked 20 gal... which is where you are at now.. adding anymore fish means you'll need more filteration.. IMO.. some people do fine w/o some people can't seem to keep fish alive.
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