05-22-2011, 02:14 PM
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Originally Posted by paige17
Okay, thank you. Would tiger barbs be suitable? I remember reading somewhere that some barbs might harm the fry. Not sure if this is accurate.
On the fry question first, all fish in any tank will attempt to eat the eggs and fry of any fish that spawn. This is only natural. Cichlids of course practice parental care of both, and as I said, kribs can be rather rough doing so, so some other fish are kept at bay, some not so well. When fish realize such ready food as eggs and fry are present, they can be very clever at ganging up. Raising fry in a community tank is generally speaking impossible, though sometimes... nothing much is absolute when it comes to fish. I have seen groups of corys--and you won't find a more peaceful, get-along-with-everyone type fish that a cory--go into a feeding frenzy with eggs and shoaling fry of both species of ram cichlids. The attacks of the parents could not stop them and it was over in seconds.
To the Tiger Barb. If you read our profile (click the shaded name) you will see this is not a normal community fish; it comes with problems that again can be more or less obvious depending upon the fish and environment. But it is safest to have at least 8 (preferably more), and in their own space unless the tank is large, and larger than a 36g.