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Old 01-29-2013, 08:01 PM   #1
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Default 13 days of peace now MAYHEM AND SLAUGHTER!!

I am new and desperate for an answer...and with that I want to learn anything and everything I can...hence learning from forums. Please forgive me if it is wrong to seek answers within two different forum sites. But because my tank is planted I thought I would find some insight here too...


My tank is stocked with:
4 green tiger barbs
4 gold barbs
1 BN pleco
3 petricola catfish or the L'something kind...(bloody expensive so they might be the true petricola?)
and one MEAN ASS red fin shark.

I did my research for a year, made notes and finally got brave and filled my tank. My first fish were the green tiger barbs, got 5 and one died day 2 in my tank. A week later I got the 4 gold barbs and red fin shark. and just 2 days ago I got my 3 catfish and pleco.

I was a little worried that my RFS was unhappy because he was in hiding for a week while my tank was peaceful. So I go down to feed them this morning and two of my GB have nipped top fins (I was told that the GTB would leave the GB alone (remember I had 5) and the RFS is terrorizing all the barbs!! Like serious bashing them into the tank glass and everything.

I honestly can't handle the stress my fish are going thru. :-( Especially my gold barbs. I am thinking of taking all the barbs back and going ciclid. Apparently the catfish and shark and ciclids do well together...from what I'm reading...but I REALLY want a planted tank.

Another thing...I found a snail today :-/ How many more millions do you think I may have?

My questions are:
Will my GBs with missing tope fins die?
Why is my RFS so nasty as my research said they were the most peaceful of the sharks...(I even read that here)
Who should I take out?
What should I add?


my tank stats are:
Tank meduim planted 33g long
6 week fishless cycle (cycled 2 times)
8 weeks and 3 days old
canister filter
daily AM, NI, NA readings of 0
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