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post #11 of 13 Old 07-23-2010, 11:02 PM
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i have 6 in a ten gallon. they live peacefully... well except for thier damn ranking fights... plus i got mines by the window.. no algea YET
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post #12 of 13 Old 07-23-2010, 11:34 PM
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How old are your Tiger Barbs? They can get up to 3 inches long and are very active fish. They need the space to swim comfortably. They might stay alive for some time in a 15 gallon but I definitely would not recommend they stay in there. Fish are housed in inappropriate size tanks all the time but it certainly isn't the ideal. I have mine in a 60 gallon and they swim from one side to the other in a second. They flash around the tank like kids on a candy high.
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post #13 of 13 Old 07-23-2010, 11:53 PM
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i have 6 in a ten gallon. they live peacefully... well except for their damn ranking fights... plus i got mines by the window.. no algea YET
Inga is correct, this is not at all suitable and is detrimental to the fish. Please read our profile of this species, click on the shade name Tiger Barb or you can use the "Tropical Fish Profiles" tab second from the left in the blue bar across the top to go to the profiles section.

Fish kept in too small a tank develop internal problems, usually are stressed which weakens their immune system considerably, and their behaviours can change or become far more problematical all due to the space issue.


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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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