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    Just want to share my new Tiger Barb Tank. It's about 3 weeks old now. I used filter media and some water from my old tank to accelerate the cycle.
    I modified the filter section into a 4-stage trickle/overflow type and also changed the fluorescent lights to LED.

    Atman AR-F980 100x47x50 (Approx. 62 gallons)
    8 - Tiger Barbs
    7 - Green Tiger Barbs
    10 - Neon Tetra
    10 - Cardinal Tetra
    1 - Green Neon Tetra (someone got lost)
    2 - Assasin snails

    Plus some assorted plants (I haven't gotten the time to identify them yet.)

    Next week I plan to transfer my 6 kuhli loaches and 2 Black Ruby Barb from my old tank.

    Any comments and suggestions are most welcome.

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    Nice looking tank. If you are only using some seasoned filter media in your filter(s) then I would wait 3 weeks or so before adding more fish to allow your new media to seed properly. Stocking wise a 62G is a nice sized tank!! If it were me I would rehome your two Ruby barbs. My stocking (keeping with it being a barb tank) would be;

    8 tigers
    8 greens
    8 Gold/Albino tigers

    1 small - medium cichlid, perhaps a firemouth, blue or yellow acara, t-bar cichlid

    8 Khulis
    Upto 3 dwarf pleco species - Clown pleco, L262, Green tiger (forget the L-number the now)

    As greens, regular and albino barbs are only colour morphs of the same species they will swim together, I have had 1st hand experience with this. When they get a bit bigger they will probably get too boisterous for your neons and cardinals and perhaps out compete them for food. So keep an eye on that.
    My therapist says I need a bigger tank . . . . .

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    Thanks for the suggestions. Still a work in progress.

    Actually, I was already thinking of not putting the Black Ruby barbs. In my old tank they were the boss despite their small numbers. All my other barbs are wary of them. But I really like how they look especially when they turn reddish.

    The gold/albino barbs I was already considering. I just wanted my filter to age a little bit more. I will follow your suggestion to wait another 3 weeks.

    Cichlid - I did look into them before cause I really wanted to add a couple of fish with standout colors. But somehow, the parameters doesn't seem to match.
    PH seems to be on the higher side. I will look again and check the names you mentioned.

    Pleco - not a fan of them. Had it before. They grow too fast for my liking and even the dwarf species will be bigger than my barbs.

    Instead of plecos, I was actually thinking about adding a couple of either Siamese algae eaters or otocinclus.

    Feeding- You're right about that. What I'm doing right now is use a feeding tray on one side of the tank and feed my barbs there. Once they are busy, I start feeding the tetras on the other side. Seems to work at the moment. Anyway, with all the plants in the tank, I don't think the tetras will die of hunger.

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    Nice tank!
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    Nice tank!
    Thanks.

    Caught one sleeping last night.
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    Made a few updates.
    Added DIY skimmer.
    Added more plants.
    Did a little re-scaping to minimize the effects of disturbances on the gravel made by my pesky Tiger Barbs.
    Added my 4 Kuhli loaches (haven't caught the other 2 yet). This is to ensure excess food that falls on the gravel are taken care of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vader72 View Post
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    Just want to share my new Tiger Barb Tank. It's about 3 weeks old now. I used filter media and some water from my old tank to accelerate the cycle.
    I only wanted to comment on what I put into bold - for the future - be aware that water does not have bacteria in it - your media is primarily what contains the bacteria. When setting up a tank, it's best to start with fresh dechlorinated water.

    Great looking tank btw!
    46 gal fw tank with black skirt tetras, neon tetras, spotted corys, green corys, 1 guppy, cherry barbs, otoclinus, snails & 4 amano shrimp - plastic & live plants
    5 gal QT with green corys & 2 guppies

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    Quote Originally Posted by imma24 View Post
    I only wanted to comment on what I put into bold - for the future - be aware that water does not have bacteria in it - your media is primarily what contains the bacteria. When setting up a tank, it's best to start with fresh dechlorinated water.

    Great looking tank btw!
    Thanks. I have phrased it wrongly. You are right, there's no bacteria on old water. I should have added a few more sentences.

    I'm actually after the same pH level as my old Barb tank which is around 6.5~6.8. Fresh de-chlorinated water in my area is quite high. PH is above 7.5. I was concerned with transferring the fish while having a big difference in pH level. My old Barbs may be ok but the newly bought juveniles may get too stressed and die. I don't think my soil, driftwood and ketapang leaves are enough to lower the pH in a week. As you may notice, I haven't fully filled up my tank yet. I'm slowly adding fresh water everyday so that the fish can slowly adapt to the new water.

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    Since any new fish could be stressed by a different pH, it's important to acclimate properly - most common FW fish can live in a range of pH readings (although some do better in softer or harder water). Acclimation involves slowly getting fish used to your water (which it sounds like you are doing) - not adding something to raise or lower what you have (which I see you aren't doing).

    Keep in mind that many people order fish online (even from overseas) so those fish need slow acclimation - sounds like you are doing fine!
    46 gal fw tank with black skirt tetras, neon tetras, spotted corys, green corys, 1 guppy, cherry barbs, otoclinus, snails & 4 amano shrimp - plastic & live plants
    5 gal QT with green corys & 2 guppies

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