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post #21 of 22 Old 02-27-2013, 10:38 AM
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Thank you all so much for the wonderful responses and information! Im not sure if one of my barbs is even going to make it through the night. She was looking pale and gasping when i left for work. Ugh, i could just beat that woman at petsmart that allowed this to happen. Poor fishies :/ i will not have a chance to get more barbs until atleast thursday. I hope they make it until then. It has gotten much worse since i removed the angels and tetras. I think the angels were keeping him in check lol.
That is a possibility in a round-about way. Other fish in the tank will obviously distract the barbs somewhat. But this is not a viable solution, because the barbs will overcome that and show their normal behaviours, as this one has done. They are the way they were made.

One caution, if you intend getting more barbs. The nasty one now might be a terror with even more. Once this aggressive behaviour sets in, when caused by stress as it was here, it is not reversible. If the store will do it, it would be good to return the two barb you have and buy 8 not including these two. Explain to the store that this is your attempt to avoid the increased aggression of the fish. If they want your continued business, they should understand.

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The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #22 of 22 Old 02-27-2013, 04:04 PM Thread Starter
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That is a possibility in a round-about way. Other fish in the tank will obviously distract the barbs somewhat. But this is not a viable solution, because the barbs will overcome that and show their normal behaviours, as this one has done. They are the way they were made.

One caution, if you intend getting more barbs. The nasty one now might be a terror with even more. Once this aggressive behaviour sets in, when caused by stress as it was here, it is not reversible. If the store will do it, it would be good to return the two barb you have and buy 8 not including these two. Explain to the store that this is your attempt to avoid the increased aggression of the fish. If they want your continued business, they should understand.

Byron.
Well petsmart has already lost my business. I will only be using my lfs from now on. I will be taking these 3 barbs to my lfs and donating them with the explanation of the aggressive behavior. Cant do it til tomorrow tho
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