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  1. Default Finished cycling adding more fish.


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    I just finished cycling my 29 gallon with 2 rainbow sharks, 7 tiger barbs, and 1 opaline gourami.
    Thinking of adding more fish what do yall think?

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    2 rainbow sharks in the same tank (29 gallon) worry me. They will usually go out of their way to establish the whole tank for themselves.

    I would only add fish slowly going forward. Depending on what your thinking of getting would dictate the amount to add. What are you thinking of adding?
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    I agree. While it can sometimes depend upon individual fish, the so-called "shark" species are all territorial and can be rather domineering, to put it mildly. A 29g is not sufficient space (30-inch tank length presumably) for two of these rough fish. They will (or should) attain 6 inches, and even one is going to be a problem in this tank. Read more on the species here:
    http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/c...enatus-192481/

    The other concern is the gourami. Tiger Barb are notorious fin nippers, and the gourami is a sitting duck. I would remove the gourami or it may well not last long.

    You might increase the Tiger Barb to 10 or so, which will fill this tank. Thjey are (or should be) less nippy with more of them. Some substrate fish should be OK with the TB. Read about Tigers here:
    http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/c...ght=tiger+barb

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    I know more than one rainbow shark is advised not to but these are small right now, they swim together. Even if 29 gallons isn't a big enough tank I plan on getting another huge tank, I can upgrade them when they mature. The Gourami is the biggest in the tank and the tiger barbs swim away and keep their distance, no nipping.

    I don't know what to add I'm not sure about compatibility with the ones I already have. Maybe another group of fish like the barbs that swim altogether sometimes. Or maybe just a few loaches those seem cool.

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    Until you deal with the incompatibility issues you have now, it would be irresponsible to add more fish and for us to recommend more fish. IF you get rid of or move the sharks and IF you get rid of or move the gourami you could add to your current school of tiger barbs and maybe add one of the smaller loricariid species. A 29 gallon isn't really that big and doesn't lend itself to many options when tiger barbs are involved.
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    ++1 to all replies above. with that stock in that size tank you are definitely looking at trouble . The members that responded are not going to steer you wrong . Take their advice and you will enjoy the hobby , otherwise you're flirting with DISASTER. Just my 2cents worth.
    ask ?'s and change some water pair of JD's and loving it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Fish Enthusiast View Post
    I know more than one rainbow shark is advised not to but these are small right now, they swim together. Even if 29 gallons isn't a big enough tank I plan on getting another huge tank, I can upgrade them when they mature. The Gourami is the biggest in the tank and the tiger barbs swim away and keep their distance, no nipping.
    The problem with upgrading as they mature is that you never know what can happen up until that time - you could end up with very stressed fish (we are talking aggression when you aren't looking - like at night) which can lead to illness - way before you get a larger tank. It is always recommended on this forum to start off with the largest tank you can afford and then purchase fish that are appropriate for it FULL GROWN

    I don't know what to add I'm not sure about compatibility with the ones I already have. Maybe another group of fish like the barbs that swim altogether sometimes. Or maybe just a few loaches those seem cool.
    In a tank that size, it is highly unadvised to throw a few more fish of a different species in there with what you already have. Tiger barbs are generally recommended for a species only tank. If you aren't sure about compatibility in general, adding fish and then hoping for the best isn't smart.

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    It has been said, and said very well too, by the last three members. This hobby deals with living creatures and is not the place for taking unnecessary risks when the probable result is so clear.

    Many years ago I came across a maxim that I have always followed, and it has saved me a lot of stress and saved many fish's lives. Never buy any fish for which you do not now, at the time of acquisition, have the required aquarium to properly house it at maturity. This means size and aquascape for the species.

    Fish grow all their lives, internally and externally. Without adequate space around them--and this involves not just physical space but water issues related to the space--they will not develop properly internally. And this means all sorts of health issues that could otherwise have been avoided.

    The wise words of Nathan Hill cited in blue below my signature says it.

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