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What fish with my GTs, compatibility help please.
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adeel06
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PostPosted: 2011.01.08(Sat)11:46    Post subject: What fish with my GTs, compatibility help please. Reply with quote

Greeting everyone. I have a pair of Green terror and blood parrot.
Male GT is 5" and female is 3".
Parrots are 4" both.

I would like to know which of the following could be kept along them.

Following I wish to mix with above.

Clown loach (I am so in love with these and wanted to put them)
Tiger Barb ( My first site love, again I eagerly want them)
Black ghost (My mother like these so, as u suggest)

Following I seems look good in aquarium, so what you fellows think.

Rosy Barb
Bala shark
Tinfoil barb

My current tank is:
6' x 1.5' x 2'

Hope you friends will guide me in the situation.
Thanks in advance.
Love you all, with all respect.

P.S.

I wish to create a 8' x 2' x 3' aquarium, and I am putting a topic of that in DIY section for guide and tips. All the suggested fish will be in that aquarium but it will take me about few months as budget is low and require much time for preparation.
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diademhill
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PostPosted: 2011.01.08(Sat)14:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

In your current tank none of your selections will work.

Tiger barbs are too fragile and swim in the GT' territory and all the rest grow too large.

You could have some fast moving surface swimmers -giant danios are the obvious choice.

When you upgrade you have more options.
That is about the minimum I would use for bala sharks and clown loaches.
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adeel06
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PostPosted: 2011.01.08(Sat)15:47    Post subject: Reply with quote

Than u 4 your reply, u r right as u r expert here sir,

What would you suggest for my current tank as a colored and active aquarium collection.

please suggest me what pairs and how many should I keep from the following. I would like some very active and colorful fish which would make my aquarium look alive and relaxing at the same time as wonderful please.

The following are in my reach:

Live-Bearers:
Fancy Guppy
Platy
Swordtail
Black Molly
Sailfin Molly

Cyprinids:
Tiger Barb
Rosy Barb
Tinfoil Barb
Bala Shark
Red-Fin (Rainbow) Shark
Red-Tailed Black Shark
Chinese Algae Eater
Zebra Danio
Giant Danio

American Cichlids
Discus
Angelfish
Green Terror
Blood Parrot Cichlid

African Cichlids
Auratus
Johanni
Demason's Cichlid
Red Zebra Cichlid
Electric Yellow Labido
Frontosa Cichlid

Loaches
Clown Loach
Pakistani (YoYo) Loach

Black Ghost Knife

Please you also suggest any other fish, I might have not listed in.
thank you again.
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diademhill
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PostPosted: 2011.01.09(Sun)3:12    Post subject: Reply with quote

As you already have a pair of green terrors and two blood parrots you have pretty much crossed most possible tankmates off the list.

The livebearers will be killed if not eaten by the green terrors.

Of the cyprinids:-
The shoalers that swim in the green terrors' territory are at risk - tiger barbs & rosy barbs.
A red tailed black shark may work if you can find one large enough to add -it needs to be a good 4" to attempt to integrate one. Red finned sharks are not quite as robust.
Tinfoil barbs or Bala sharks would work when you get the larger tank but grow much too large 12" & 16" for you current tank.
Chinese algae eaters are poor aquarium fish as they graze on the slime coat of slower moving fish -your blood parrots.
Danios swim in the upper levels ans are speedy enough to get away from the cichlids so they could work.

Discus & Angels cannot be kept with green terrors.

None of the African lake cichlids can be kept with your South American cichlids.

Clown loaches grow too large for your tank.

Pakistan loaches may work IF you can aquire large ones and you'd need a group.

Black ghost knife fish - mine grew longer than your tank is wide and a small one would be at risk from the GTs.

If the GTs pair up and spawn any fish with them will be attacked if they approach.


Hope this explains the difficulty.
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adeel06
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PostPosted: 2011.01.09(Sun)3:57    Post subject: Reply with quote

Opps sorry sorry sorry for ambiguous question.

1st of all, I really admire your great response and so much typing for a newbie like me. I am really in aquarium hobby and just want to have a remarkable tank in my room.

Now the question:
I mean to ask, if I remove GTs and parrots , Which combination would you prefer as a new setup for my tank.

I want simply a colored and active tank.
Reaming as you suggest please.

Thanks thousand times. Very Happy
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diademhill
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PostPosted: 2011.01.09(Sun)4:41    Post subject: Reply with quote

What decor does the tank have and what is the viewing distance.
Is you sit next to the tank smaller fish work well but if you mainly view form across a room then you need slightly larger fish.

Tiger barbs in a group of 12 or more, 20 is even better, can look stunning.
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adeel06
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PostPosted: 2011.01.09(Sun)4:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

The aquarium is in living room, and is about my chest level (I am 6' in height) so I can sit and view from sofa.

I have brown gravel, artificial plants, rocks and driftwood. Also florescent 4 feet pink rod for lightning.

I would rather like more sets of fish then a single school.
I love tiger barb, but some bigger once are suitable I guess.

Besides as you suggest.

Here is an old pic about 4 months. of my aquarium
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diademhill
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PostPosted: 2011.01.09(Sun)6:32    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you rehome one of the green terrors you could add a shoal of 10 tiger barbs but not with a pair of GTs.
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CSnyder00
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PostPosted: 2011.01.09(Sun)7:22    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with diademhill. You could rehome the GT's and Blood Parrots and start over with a smaller fish community tank. You can't really mix American cichlids because of their massive size and aggression, so you would only want the GT's and maybe a few other top swimmers as she has mentioned. And those top swimmers would have to be large enough not to fit in your GT's mouth. You could do an African cichlid tank, but they are harder to start and keep up with and are not for the beginner aquarium hobbyist. A 6' tank gives you a lot of options, you just have to figure out if you want a lot of smaller fish or just a few big fish. We can help you a lot more if you can decide that much. Also, the pH of the water you use to fill your tanks would help in determining what type of fish would thrive in your tank as well.
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adeel06
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PostPosted: 2011.01.09(Sun)9:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks to both for reply,

I use tape water and pH level is 7.0.

I would like to setup a new tank. So kindly suggest me some colored and active mix.

I am not as quite new to this hobby, I am having aquarium for about 1 year.

I have kept mollies once with good mix of platies. but they rushed my aquarium very fast as they breed.

I also had malawi tank before but changed them when I had texas green terror which was a good experience.


Currently I have a 2 flowerhorn 1 short body and one regular.

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