I was given 4 Tiger Barbs by a well-meaning friend, read they need to be kept in schools of 6+, so got two more. After there were 6 of them, they were fine with my 5 Corys and a Hoplo Catfish.
I recently added 3 more Corys and the Tiger Barbs have started nipping at the fins of the Corys (presumably because the "others" now outnumber the Barbs?). Today I notice that they're actually causing fin damage, so I've found a new home for the Barbs with a friend who already has a school of 8 (so they'll be happy and well cared for). The problem is that my friend can't get them for 24 - 72 hrs. I don't want any harm to come to the Barbs, but I also can't stand watching them harass the Corys, especially now that I know they're actually injuring my other very peaceful, unassuming fish.
I have a feeling that the advice will be to just 'ride it out' until the Barbs leave, but I need to at least ask
to see if anyone has an idea: Is there any safe way to quarantine 6 Tiger Barbs for 24 - 72 hrs without another tank?
I have two ideas. Any input about if these will work or not without stressing them TOO much (obviously any changes will irritate them) will be valued. And so would any other ideas.
FYI: Adding Barbs to my existing school is not an option because my tank will be over-stocked. Getting another tank is not an option because I don't have the space for one... enter friend with existing school of Barbs.
I read that they can only be 'bagged' for about 12 hrs safely and you're not supposed to feed them for a couple of days and I fed them this morning. Idea 1
) I have a bucket (about 10L / 2.5 US Gal) that I use for water changes. I could put them in there with existing tank water. I don't have a filter/ aerator for it though. I also don't have a heater for it, but I don't mind keeping my place warmer than usual. How long could they survive safely in that environment? What about if i did water changes? If that would work, then how much should I safely change and how often? Idea 2
) I have a largeish clear glass vase (about 3L/ .8 US Gal), I was thinking of putting them in there with some mesh on the top and submerging the vase back in the tank. They wouldn't have a ton of space (but they're also not that big), but they'd have the advantage of the heater and filter/ aeration.
Am I crazy for even trying this? Maybe it's best to just wait it out?
Ugh. This sucks.