Originally Posted by kimjoshbri
We have decided against the rainbow shark. Still looking at the tiger barbs. The tank is for my son now and the tiger barbs and pleco are the only two fish he wants. He is a vanilla ice cream kind of kid. ;) He also liked the tinfold barbs but I think our tank is too small for them once they are fully grown. Since the tigers are a middle level fish were trying to find a top level fish. Would zebra danios be a good choice? A few websites say yes but a few sites also say that angels and tiger barbs are ok together.
Yes to the danio and barbs. All barbs and danio are active fish, meaning they swim around a lot. So combining such fish is usually fine. By contrast, combining slow sedate fish with active fish is usually not good because depending upon the species involved the active fish can stress out the sedate fish just by their constant swimming.
The main issue with the Tiger Barb is their notoriety to fin nip. However, as it notes in the profile, when kept in larger groups and in sufficient space this is often negated, or confined within the group. But here again sedate fish are problematic, this time because they usually have long fins (gourami, angelfish, many other cichlids) and this is like waving a red flag in front of the bull. So we avoid such combos.
This is what I meant by future fish being limited. With the TB, other peaceful active fish will generally be fine.Just avoid sedate fish and long-fin fish.
Personal note, I too think Tigers are very beautiful little fish. But I got around them by having Black Ruby Barb which are similar but very peaceful (for a barb anyway). And I have these in with Congo Tetra, Emperor Tetra and Golden Pencilfish. All these species are very active. But in spite of the long fins on the male Congo, fin nipping is not an issue [though there can always be exceptions, fish can be individuals
] with the particular species. This combo (along with a couple of peaceful loach species) makes up my 90g tank, and it has worked well for over a year now. Previously however, the Emperor were in another tank, with slower fish, and became real terrors. Which only shows how important the right combination of species is to a successful community aquarium. It is no fun watching fish being shredded and killed over and over.