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post #11 of 12 Old 05-16-2012, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
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I have two gouramis and five tiger barbs together but I made sure I bought smaller barbs and once my gouramis put them in their place they got along
Wont the tigers become more aggressive as they grow? How big is your tank?
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I have two gouramis and five tiger barbs together but I made sure I bought smaller barbs and once my gouramis put them in their place they got along
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Wont the tigers become more aggressive as they grow? How big is your tank?
That is an important question in this regard, meaning the one on tank size. And the other is likely too.

A fish's environment--meaning everything from the tank size to decor to water parameters to other fish species in the tank--plays a role in how fish behave. And by behave i don't mean if they are nice or naughty, I mean their inherent natural behaviours. We cannot change these; fish evolved according to nature and are the way they are to suit their environment. Why some fish within a species are milder-mannered than others is something we don't really know. But it cannot be relied on to last. So the wise aquarist considers the normal expected inherent behaviours of each species and either provides the environment that species needs or move on to another species. All fish will not be healthy in the same aquarium.

Tiger Barb naturally nip fins of sedate fish, so it is best not to combine such. And they need a larger group, in sufficient space, or they may weaken through stress. You can read more here:
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...um-fish-98852/

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
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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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