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Originally Posted by Gerbo View Post
Just because a particular combination of fish, in a particular size tank has seemingly worked for you (in your opinion) doesn't mean it is correct, fulfilling for the animal and humane. If the info on those barbs is that they grow to 14inches, and need to be in groups of at least 6 in no less than a 7 foot 200g tank, I would take it that, that was the the kind of environment I would be needing to recreate for my chosen species. After all, the point of keeping fish is to house them in to as near a natural environment as possible.
Yes it is possible to keep one juvenile tin foil barb in a 10/20/30g tank or a tea cup if you like, but is it what's best for the fish? they were doing fine in the shop before you purchased them, and maybe someone with a 7 footer could have come along and saved them from a life stuck with their growth being stunted in a tank thats too small for them. (even in a 75g, or a 125g)
ultimately its up to you what you do, your the one that has to sit and watch the fish living an unnatural existence, so carry on. I have no suggestions for which other fish might work in your 30g. I just picked up on the attitude and though it an unusual response to a voice of reason.........
If you worry you die, and if you don't worry you still die..... so why worry?
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