After disaster took my veil-tail Goldies away, I learned my lesson, and after rebuilding/regrowing the entire aquarium, I opted for smaller fish species which have stomachs. I learned that Zebra Danios are hearty fish, and I've always loved the appearance of Tiger Barbs. So, I bought 6 Danios, and everything was great. Some 60 days later, I added 6 Tiger Barbs. Everyone got along (species-wise), although I had two Barbs getting into nose-nipping battles. (fascinating how their black stripes turned greenish when in battle!!) - - - left pic - - -
Several months down the line, I lost two Danios (mysteriously - NEVER found their bodies!!) - first one, months later, the second. And one by one, I'm down to two Barbs. No sign of ich, no sign of illness or odd behaviors from any of these fish.
I feed them ZooMed Spirulina Flakes (pre-soaked so they're not eating off of the surface) and every third day they get "V-Pure" Mysis Flakes, a mostly protein flake (I pre-soak these flakes too). They used to get the occasional frozen blood worms (once/week) but my LFS
forgot what customer service is about, I don't patronize them anymore. - - - right pic, my fish LOVE living in that plant growth! - - -
I want more fish. Do I rebuild the Barb population - adding perhaps 6 more Barbs? Or do I add 6 more Zebra Danios, knowing the Barbs will eventually fade-away in such low numbers?
Thanks for reading through the lengthy details; I appreciate and respect everyone's knowledge and certainly, I value any/all input.
- Mike P