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    Hi guys i am a new member and i have some questions. I already have a nice little pond with no filter and not a single loss of life and no heater so you can call that beginner's luck. But i suck at aquariums. So i recently moved a long suffering pair of cherry barbs into a fishbowl with ADA white sand as base, A bunch of plants looking good in at the bottom, a small little ornament made of a soft material and is really small and blunt it is basically a cap of a bottle but stonish type. Then i have two barbs with a long history.

    They were first in 1-2 gallon planted tank with a ton of plants and a few rocks and there were three of them along with a betta fish. They constantly kept nipping the tail of the betta.
    Then due to moss infestation i moved them into a plain tank with some rock like things as base and nothing else.
    Then when i went on a trip my betta died because nobody fed it. I still feel horrible
    Then three engaged in severe fights, two of them were a dull colour that looked like it was fading. They were teaming on the brighter more prominently lined one.
    Then i found it dead.
    Then i felt bad and moved them into a fishbowl with some plants and they look peaceful now. They won't eat even before i put them in they stopped after that fish died.
    Now they seem at peace,still not eating anything, I moved them in today. I thought they would perk up if i tried different foods, but no. I first tried Tetra bits but no sign of eating. Then i tried ADA fish food super expensive shit.
    Then i tried Hikari fancy guppy for livebearers. Then i tried Hikari first food for fry. No eating. They have been alive without eating for a damn month now, so i am afraid they might have been eating the algae from the wall of the tank? Now that I have removed them into a clean little tank they might die from lack of food? Ok now to the main part. I think I will buy 2-3 cherry shrimp as there is plant cover and I don’t mind adding in a small limestone rock with a hiding place? I am not sure I have a larger one and the plants haven’t grown too large so not much cover is there. Any ideas? side view.jpgfish.jpg
    side top view.jpgold tank.jpg

    The old tank had lot of algae growing on it atleast a blackish substance on the walls. There were also some white small things on the wall stuck to it. Think it could be eggs? Maybe that's why they weren't eating? I had gone for a long time and i was super busy had no time to do anything but feed them. Please help.

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    I have a feeling the food is the least of the issues you have right now...

    The bowls are too small for cherry barbs, you need filtration and the barbs need to be in groups of 6 (8 better) and up to diffuse some of that nipping among a group-though cherries aren't usually that bad. NO fish should be in a bowl. The smallest tank I would ever recommend for a Betta is a 10 gallon, in the last 10 years my bettas have gone in tanks ranging in size from 20 long to 125 gallons. The stereotype that they are "bowl" fish is

    These are very active fish and you have them in the worst case scenario. Minimum tank for them is a 20 high or 20 long. Filtration should be something with movement as they do like current in the tank-a stronger HOB would cover that, you can get an inexpensive Marineland 250 and it would give the current and filtration all in one-just ditch the cartridge it comes with and customize the filter with your own media and sponges. You should also have a heater on the tank as these are tropical barbs

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    You can do this with any cartridge filter. You don't need the carbon at all in filtering, only if you need to remove medication.
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    Moved to the Beginner Freshwater section, thread now located here: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...d.php?t=129674

    Good advice above, I would recommend reading as much as possible in the beginner section, especially the "Cycling" threads.
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