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Let’s see how bad I can screw this up

Never had fish except for a fishbowl when I was kid. Got into fish keeping as a stress relief. I don’t know what I was thinking lol. To many questions. I didn’t read enough. I bought my 20 gallon added some gravel and decorations. Did the tetra aguasafe and safestart then added the fish before cycling the fish tank. It’s been 48 hours and they haven’t died. I have so far an albino catfish and a Mikey platy. I hope they don’t suffer to bad for my ignorance
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Re: Let’s see how bad I can screw this up

If you don't have it yet, invest in a liquid API master test kit. It is well worth the money. How are your fish doing? I would recommend reading up on the nitrogen cycle. It takes 6-8 weeks for a tank to fully cycle. Oh one of the best books to get is a book called Exotic Aquarium Fishes by William T Innes. It has a yellow cover and it is a great book to read, lots of great info in the book.
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You are doing better than my wife and I did at first but in our defense we were following the advice of a petco employee. We lost 5/8 fish within 6-8 hours. We then had to look at an empty tank for 14-16 days while our levels balanced out. We now have 12 barbs 6 tiger 6 rosey to help finish our cycle process. The ultimate goal is an awesome 30 gallon glo tank.
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You are doing better than my wife and I did at first but in our defense we were following the advice of a petco employee. We lost 5/8 fish within 6-8 hours. We then had to look at an empty tank for 14-16 days while our levels balanced out. We now have 12 barbs 6 tiger 6 rosey to help finish our cycle process. The ultimate goal is an awesome 30 gallon glo tank.

Yeah, Petco not the best giving out info to newcomers to the aquarium hobby. And by the way, if you do decide to buy live plants for your tank, be careful buying from Petco, Petsmart. They may stock some plants they advertise can be planted in an aquarium, but they're not. Been there, done


I tried raising tiger barbs...aggressive little suckers! But I got tired of them eating each others tails off and the bullying, so no more barbs for me. Just make sure you keep at least 6-8 if possible. It waters down the aggression somewhat if you have a school of them.

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My barbs haven't tried to attack each other, we lost one when I transferred them from my wife's 30 gallon to my 60 gallon but we believe it was due to the fact that he was an albino tiger barb and wasn't allowed to school either rest of them. I just bought a peacock eel and so far no aggression towards him either. I am closely monitoring the tank, any signs of aggression and the barbs will be moved.
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