I have been looking for SOMETHING to put in with the tiger barbs. Something that could survive their onslaught basically. So, mostly some sort of bottom feeder they would leave alone. I saw some cool ass looking, bulking Sterbii Cory Cats and added 5 of those dudes in.
So far so good. They are active and cool looking. Here is a pic (not my fish) off the web of them…
Keeping my fingers crossed that the barbs leave them alone…
I have no idea where my Albino Sen went? I figured it was hiding.. but fish don’t hide for a week. Then I assumed it must have jumped but I can’t find a corpse. It is too big to be swallowed by any of the fish so….
My only guess now is that it jumped and my dog ate it? Other than that, I have nothing?
Poop. 20+ bucks down the drain and I don’t know why. Not to mention I can’t find these guys that easy. Damnit Damnit Damnit.
I almost got an Electric Blue Acara before. But was disuaded by the staff at the store because they said they were essentially, “mini green terrors.” My brother had one back in the day and while it held its own, I didn’t recall it being some bezerker killer.
So, after watching the Firemouth constantly harrass everyone, I just thought, “fuck it this fish looks awesome” and pulled the trigger. I put the fish in, expecting the worse (blood bath of some sort).
Instead… the exact opposite happened. It is like I hit the “aggression perfect balance.” My tank instantly turned into paradise. It really makes no sense. The acara didn’t go in and beat the living shit out of everyone to calm them down. There was no battle for territory. As soon as the fish released… everyone just chilled.
We will see if this keeps up but… if so… AWESOME! I am really liking my tank right now and really, I am done with cichlids for the tank. There are plenty. I just need to find my bichirs and maybe add some school fish.
I don’t care if I posted a video of this tank before, this is literally one of the most impressive tanks I have ever seen. Everytime dude uploads a new video, there is a pretty good chance I am going to post it here lol.
Here is a copy paste of his stock list…
770 Gallon Aquarium- 10’L x 3’W x 4’T Stocklist: 8 Widebar Silver Dollar (AKA Emperor Blue Hooks) – Myleus Schomburgkii 12 Yellowtail Rasbora- Rasbora tornieri 11 Arulius Barbs- Puntius arulius or Dawkinsia tambraparniei 17 Clown Loaches- Chromobotia macracanthus 4 Red Fin Bala Sharks- Cyclocheilichthys janthochir 1 Lutino Oscar- Astronotus ocellatus 1 Green Texas- Herichthys carpintis 1 Jack Dempsey- Rocio octofasciata 1 Green Terror- Aequidens rivulatus 1 Flagtail Prochilodus- Semaprochilodus insignis 1 Chalceus macrolepidotus
So, I mentioned before that the Tiger Barbs from the 90 Gallon had been dealt with. Well, this is what I meant.
Luckily, around this time, I was doing my usual craigslist perusing and ran across a pretty good damn deal. A 37 gallon bow front with black silicone (black silicone is sexy), light, hood, filter, heater, decoration… all for 80 bucks. Not bad dave man. Not bad at all. So I snatched it up, got it cleaned up, and set it up in my son’s room.
I also put extra tile squares under it to help protect the wood on his chest of drawers. I am not sure if it will help or not but we will see. Looks nice I think.
So, got everything ready, dumped the annoying fuckers in there, and hoped for the best. So far, so good. I love the black silicone of the tank and for whatever reason, despite having a cheap ass filter on it, the water is pristine and clear. Das it.
I first purchased a Red Hump Geo (Geophagus Steinachneri aka Stein) and put him in the tank. All hell then broke loose between the Firemouth and the Stein.
A lot of fish, including cichlids, a species specific aggressive. Geos can be one of them and that is why a lot of people keep 5+ Geos in a tank or just one. Firemouths are another fish that does the same thing, although not to the same extreme.
Well… Firemouths and Steins look similar in body shape and occupy the same part of the tank. So, I think that is what caused the aggressiveness and it was pretty intense. I was pretty sure the Firemouth was going ot kill the Stein which sucks because Stein’s look cool, are good “clean up” fish as they like to sift through the sand for left over food, and they are not really cheap.
After a day or two it calmed down a tad but not by much.
Very soon after, I went and got a Chocolate Cichlid. These guys grow to decent size but are really really really docile. I was hoping by adding another cichlid (giving me 4 at that point even though no one bothers the Krib and the Krib gives two shits about anyone else), the Firemouth’s attention would be diverted and the Stein would be saved.
Nope. Didn’t happen. The Chocalate was too big of a weenie and now they both were getting harassed by a freaking Firemouth. Firemouth are known wimps… the bark and bark and bark (flare their gills, looks cool) but if a fish decides to test the bark and see if the Firemouth will back up its talk… Firemouth’s turn into giant wimps fast.
Hopefully everything will calm down here in a bit. I have my eye one one more cichlid…
So, the tiger barbs are out. More on them in the next post but they are gone and the tank looked bare and empty as hell. Plus, I always wanted a schooling fish in there at some point.
So, I got some Serpae Tetras. I have never kept them before. They seem to be schooling well though and their bright red color is a nice splash of color for the tank.
I got 5 and ended up getting 5 more later. However, the second 5 I got all ended up dying mysteriously in the middle of the night one by one which was really annoying. So, I am down to five again. I will probably settle around 8-10.
Short update. Don’t worry, I got some new vids coming relatively soon!
Maybe I should have to an extent. Tiger barbs are a bad reputation for being fin nippers and bullies in small numbers. But, people always said that if you keep away fish with long flowing fins (thing angels and bettas) and keep the numbers in the double digits, then everything is ok.
That did not end up being the case for me.
I noticed the tiger barbs behavior was a bit… worrisome from the beginning. They tended to pick on the firemouth and when they did… it was all of the. It was like a pack of hyenas picking on a lioness. It was somewhat worrisome but i figured the cichlid could take care of itself and as I added more fish and decorations, the tiger barbs would back the fuck off.
I added the polys and things got more worrisome. If the polys came out in the open, they were immediately targeted. That… that I didn’t like.
And then I added a Rotkeil severum. Severums can be extremely timid when young. The barbs immediately targeted the severum but I thought they would get over it after they got used to it.
Wrong. Severum was dead the next day. Fuck.
The damn things just will not stop harassing. They look great in the tank and I love their interactions WITH EACH OTHER. But, they are a simple schooling fish. There are other schooling fish that can fill the void.
The tiger barbs have got to go before I add anything else to the tank.