Have I arrived? Have I made it?
Maybe this should go in the announcments section?
Between my two tanks, my 55 gallon and my 20 Long, I have not experienced any disease or fish death since Christmas.
My stocking is most likely frowned upon and unconventional, but all species in my tanks have been growing and living peacefully and thriving and increasing my life's enjoyment for 6 months straight with no drama. I have steadily kept up with routine 50% water changes every two weeks, and I have gotten very lax on testing water perameters because they are always the same.
Good? Bad? Have I made it as a fish keeper now? I dont know, but I feel proud.
Yeah I frown on your stocking decision. Some of those species are known not to live well together. Some of your species should have more of them in your 55. Basing this off your profile so if it's not up-to-date you should think about updating it.
I would think we all get a little relaxed when it comes to testing our water, heck some here have mentioned only testing a few times a year for an established tank. If you change things up though, e.g. add more fish or some die (hopefully just natural causes), complete tests to ensure all is still good.
You're a fish keeper the moment you got your first fish. Whatever you're doing to keep them alive and happy, keep doing it.
25 Gal - Tropical
Custom made Wet/Dry/Sump Filter System, AquaClear 20 Powerhead, RenaCal Excel 300 Heater, artificial plants
- 7 Blackskirt Tetras, German Blue Ram, Bulldog Pleco, Assassin snail.
"Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success." King Solomon.
Pictures of my 10 Gal Sump Filtration project
Your stocking is unconventional, but I've seen people do worse. Sometimes these things work, often they don't. 6 months may be a little early to be sure, since most of your fish probably aren't matured/adults yet. They may get more territorial and wreak havoc on your tank. You never know - they're animals.
Congrats on no disease/death since Christmas, though. That's a feat. =]
Agreed on the testing params. Unless there's something off in your tank, like a random fish death, and your params are typically the same every time you check (and you already understand your tap water's chemistry) you shouldn't have to check your tank params all the time. I'm in the same boat as a lot on here, in that I rarely ever check my params anymore, unless I'm investigating why something is happening - like fish deaths/algae growth/etc.
Hope your fish continue to do well with each other. One thing's for sure - you probably have a pretty active and fun tank to watch. I'd keep an eye on the shark and barbs, though, once they get older.
Fish can live a surprising long time if kept in proper conditions. I now have black skirt tetra's that are 9 years old! I have a couple otto's that are 5 years old. But yes, your fish are happy and you have become a good fish keeper.
You've come a long way kid, I remember when you used to post all the time about how certain fish didn't make it or a new disease had hit your tank. Sometimes you have to learn through trial and error. Good job.
Kevin gives good advice on your shark though, the older they get the meaner they get.
Last edited by steeler58; 06-07-2013 at 07:43 PM.
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See my profile for my tanks and what fish I keep
Here is my latest stocking, I will review my profile and update if needed:
10 Neon Tetras
10 Black Neon Tetras
8 Lamp Eye Tetras
8 Glo Light Tetras
3 Cherry Barbs (I know school is too small, but strange circumstances for aquiring fish)
2 Rummy Nose Tetras (I know school is too small, but strange circumstances for aquiring fish)
5 Gold Pristella Tetras (I know school is too small, but strange circumstances for aquiring fish)
1 Leopard Cory
1 Sterbai Cory
2 Peppered Cory
2 Clown Pleco
1 Farlowella/Stick Catfish
1 Rainbow Shark
1 Chinses Algae Eater
4 Nerite Snails
4 Amano Shrimp
4 Ghost Shrimp
1 Flower Shrimp/Bamboo Shrimp
** The smalls schools of Barbs and tetras were rescues from other tanks and they have just existed in mine and seem to do OK, though it is not ideal**
10 Tiger Barbs
1 Rainbow Shark
2 Peppered Cory
1 Nerite Snail
Betta also accidental mismatch, it got beat up for a week then grew his fins back and they have peace now for several months.
Ah, your tiger barbs were already moved. Good on you. =]
New prob - the CAE. lol I know, I know... things are going well. They get more aggressive as they mature, though. So you have two fish to watch in your 55. The Rainbow Shark and the Chinese Algae Eater. The CAE might try to suck the slime coat off your bigger fish, like the Plecos and will probably fight amongst the other bottom dwellers.
I started off with one clown pleco who was painfully shy. But he has shown a different side twice now and its interesting how aggressive he can be. He has his favorite spot in the tank, if the other pleco or farlowella try to encroach, he move like lightning and makes sure they know its his space.
Then during feeding time, there are some passive aggressive nudging that takes place over the algae wafer, but all 3 are guilty of that.
Yeah I have eyes on the CAE. There is a great independent fish store by my work who welcomes my over grown fish. I have taken him two CAEs that were over 4" and one fully grown opaline gourami. He gave me some discounts and said they sold in two days. I enjoy the time they have in my tank and I am happy to rotate them out when things get crazy. But for $1 per fish at Pet smart, and I get 4-6 months out of a CAE and the pet shop sells them for $5. Its a good system.
You're like a fish foster home. ;P That's a nice setup. Does the shop pay you for your fish?