A Fishy Problem: Contest Number Three

21 Feb

Here’s a puzzler for you:
Look at this tank. It’s a community tank of fish, with a bunch of fake plants, that I had set up several years ago. There are some very questionable things about this tank but can you name the single biggest problem that developed with this group of fish?

I have one particular thing in mind as the “Winner”.

There really are several possible problems so don’t be afraid to guess!

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17 Responses to “A Fishy Problem: Contest Number Three”

  1. DA February 21, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

    Fish suicide… from looking at the fake plants and black and silver gravel. Seriously, look deeply into their little fish eyes on the photo. They have “crazy” eyes. Look at that angelfish for crying our loud. He is living on the edge!

    • fishtanx2011 February 21, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

      That’s why I don’t have fake plants anymore. But you gotta admit, they looked pretty good.
      I don’t recall any of these fish leaping out of the tank in desperation.

  2. lifeasacommittee February 21, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

    Lets see… I think I can identify three aggressive fish there – the angel, the tiger barb and the red tailed shark (if I’m correctly identifying). These fish can all be savage (although it varies) and will munch away on other inhabitants.

    Can’t think of anything else just looking at that photo.

    • fishtanx2011 February 21, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

      You are so right about all of those fish, anyone of them could be a problem. What was I thinking by having 3 Tiger Barbs? And I have posted about potential Red-tail Shark issues. Still, that is not the biggest problem in this 35 gallon tank.

  3. justin February 21, 2012 at 8:03 pm #

    Ill say there should b some babies where r the males? I must note im looking at this while driving tank looks good to me but id go get some male guppies for there color

    • fishtanx2011 February 21, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

      Keep your eyes on the road Justin! For now I will just say WRONG! But thanks for trying!

  4. lifeasacommittee February 22, 2012 at 5:28 am #

    Okay, we need clues please!

    • fishtanx2011 February 22, 2012 at 7:17 am #

      Clue #1: These fish became a big problem.

  5. justin February 22, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

    They all became over weight lol

    • fishtanx2011 February 22, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

      You are getting the clue, Justin. It’s almost a process of elimination now. “Lifesacommittee” had suggested the Angels, the Shark, or the Tiger Barbs. She was correct in her observations but what else is left?

  6. lifeasacommittee February 22, 2012 at 4:24 pm #

    All I can identify is maybe a couple of serpae or other tetras.
    The angels ate everyone, grew rapidly and outgrew the tank? <— wild guess!
    If I'm wrong – more clues please! lol

    • fishtanx2011 February 22, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

      other tetras? Hmmm, maybe…maybe not.

      • fishtanx2011 February 22, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

        There are three of them but one is difficult to see.

  7. DA February 22, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

    Tin foils outgrew the tank.
    “Single biggest problem”.
    “Became a big problem”

    • fishtanx2011 February 22, 2012 at 8:24 pm #

      Ding ding ding, we have a winner! Three little Tinfoil Barbs. A Tinfoil Barb can get 14 inches long! Mine got about 8 inches and I put them in a 55 gallon tank. I liked them very much but gave them away.
      Think of how many Tinfoil Barbs get put into 10 or 20 gallon tanks. Should stores even sell fish that get over a foot long as a community fish? Not unless their needs can be met. Tinfoils are great with big Cichlids in big tanks.

      • DA February 22, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

        Truth be told.. it was “lifeasacommittee” that pointed me in the right direction. She mentioned growth and tetras and you questioned the tetras comment. I Googled “Tin Foil baby” and saw the little buggers.
        Pet Stores should clarify on the tank how big a fish can get or the salespeople should just tell the potential buyer of the fishes future requirements. I am guessing most of the sales people do not know enough about the fish to even make any specific comments or they don’t care enough to stop you and just want to make a small sale.
        Either way, let the buyer beware.
        I will go celebrate my victory with some Pizza Rolls.
        Mmmmmm…. pizza rolls.

  8. justin February 22, 2012 at 7:54 pm #

    R there frogs in there

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