Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Community Forum > Member Introductions
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 05-06-2020, 12:55 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: May 2020
Location: Kansas USA
Posts: 3
New guy here, need 300 gallon stocking advice

Hello, I've been keeping fish for many years, never anything complicated, always freshwater. I had a 300 gallon freshwater tank with goldfish and plecos in there for the past 20 years. All the original fish have grown old and passed on as of a few months ago so time for a tank makeover. My kids wanted colorful schools with lots of fish so we visited the local fish store and came home with a dozen Tiger Barbs, 6 Cardinal Tetras, & a couple little plecos. The LFS's opinion was that all would be fine if we had 6 or more Tiger Barbs, they'd chase each other around and leave the Tetras alone. No issues at first but the tank still looked empty, so 4 days later we got a bunch more fish, total of 24 Tiger Barbs, 30 Cardinal Tetras, and 3 plecos. Within a day we had 9 dead Cardinal Tetras, most missing tail fins. Gave the fish store a call and ended up bringing in the bodies and a water sample, making sure there were no issues with water or disease. Verdict was our Tiger Barbs are jerks and killing the Tetras, fish store will refund us for dead fish but isn't interested in taking either school of the fish back. We are down to 14 Cardinal Tetras today, do we have any options besides rehoming one or the other schools of fish? Assuming we keep the Tiger Barbs what are some good tank mate recommendations?

__________________
mikec123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2020, 04:33 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
Community Moderator
 
Autumnsky's Avatar



POTM Champion
Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Northern Colorado, USA
Posts: 16,659
Is your tank cycled still?

Tiger barbs are kind of jerks and it is important to have more females to males ratio. Say 2-3 females to one male. This helps keep their minds on chasing the females and since there are a bunch of females then their passion is spread over the larger number, and 2-3 males aren't chasing just one female.

I would also keep an eye on the water quality. Even if it IS cycled, you likely do not have as many BB / beneficial bacteria built up if your previous stock amount was low. Now with so many more fish and feeding it is over taxed / not enough BB yet to keep up.

Also loss of tails can be a sign bacterial infection.

Since you are getting a bunch of fish all together you are kinda using your tank as the quarantine.

Every time you add new fish it increases the possibility of a disease coming into the tank which could wipe out most or all the fish!
__________________
New to FW fish? First tank in a long time or EVER??? Need some info on keeping fish?

Start here - Aquarium Advice Article
https://www.aquariumadvice.com/guide...ater-aquarium/

FW Favorites right now Clown Loaches, any shrimp - SW Vase Red Mangroves
Autumnsky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2020, 10:00 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Fishlegend's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2020
Location: Nebraska, U.S.A
Posts: 431
An arrowana would get rid of your barbs....
__________________
Fishlegend is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2020, 11:37 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: May 2020
Location: Kansas USA
Posts: 3
New guy here, need 300 gallon stocking advice

Quote:
Originally Posted by Fishlegend View Post
An arrowana would get rid of your barbs....


Haha, the guy I bought the tank from had an arrowana in it, said it was built for them, 3' wide and 7' long.
__________________
mikec123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2020, 12:09 AM   #5
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: May 2020
Location: Kansas USA
Posts: 3
thanks for the tips. I believe the tank is cycled, we check the water with some regularity and had the LFS check it too. We had some nitrite present for a few days a couple weeks before getting the fish but it and ammonia have been zero since then, assuming the filter processed it and that means it cycled.

As far as a bacterial infection, the tetras all came from the same batch of fish and same tank, just 4 days apart, they were still looking good in the store when we brought in the dead ones so thinking we didn't get sick fish. Would bacterial fin rot be conclusive visually after the fish died. Either way I will have a quarantine tank in play soon, just gotta get a space set up for it, seems like I could use for water change conditioning when not using for quarantine.
__________________
mikec123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2020, 12:14 AM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
Community Moderator
 
Autumnsky's Avatar



POTM Champion
Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Northern Colorado, USA
Posts: 16,659
You might be able to watch the fish for awhile and see if the Barbs are chomping the Tetras or just bumping them.

ID'ing infection after death - fish would likely have other fin edges with a bit of white or clear around the edges.
__________________
New to FW fish? First tank in a long time or EVER??? Need some info on keeping fish?

Start here - Aquarium Advice Article
https://www.aquariumadvice.com/guide...ater-aquarium/

FW Favorites right now Clown Loaches, any shrimp - SW Vase Red Mangroves
Autumnsky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2020, 05:20 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Fishlegend's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2020
Location: Nebraska, U.S.A
Posts: 431
If I was you Id do only barbs or no barbs
__________________
Perhaps.
Fishlegend is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2020, 09:31 AM   #8
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Ulrichsd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Posts: 446
Tiger barbs are my favorite fish I've never kept I'd consider clown loaches to go with the tiger barbs, you have a great tank size for them.
__________________
60 gallon 48"l w/ Labidochromis caeruleus, Pseudotropheus acei, Pseudotropheus demasoni
Ulrichsd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2020, 09:11 AM   #9
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Fishlegend's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2020
Location: Nebraska, U.S.A
Posts: 431
Yes and clowns are just like tiger barbs they need schools
__________________
Perhaps.
Fishlegend is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
300 gallon, advice, gallon, stock, stocking

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off








» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:28 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2023, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.