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post #11 of 19 Old 01-20-2010, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
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Oh and what do you guys feed yours?
I tried Bloodworm last night - Gone in seconds
I tried flakes just now - Gone in seconds

So I'm safely assuming they're NOT picky eaters at all.

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post #12 of 19 Old 01-20-2010, 06:50 PM
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They are big pigs, so as long as it is food and will fit into their mouths, they will be happy.
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post #13 of 19 Old 01-20-2010, 08:34 PM
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I've had tigers in the past that weren't so bad. The ones I have now are the meanest group I've ever had. I think temperment really depends on the stock. If I put a guppy in there they kill it immediately.

The setup was a 29 gallon with a group of 6 corys. There was a massive cave, along with 2 pieces of driftwood and a few plants. Eventually, the corys stayed in the cave with the tigers circling above.

And the food doesn't HAVE to fit in their mouths.

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I've read posts like this before with my old tanks/ stocks how I had the identical fish with others on forums but they had issues and I didn't .... I really wonder just how *far* this behavior is influenced by me having 'jungle' like tanks vs most people having 'normal' planted tanks...
Cause what you're saying there jaysee - great set up I see nothing wrong in there...so something must "feed" the aggression matter!?

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The only time I had a slight problem with my tiger barbs, was when I added some smaller rosey barbs to the tank. A small war broke out. I turned the tank light out for the day/night, and everything was fine the next morning. They lived in peace together afterwards.
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Yea everything seems very 'structured' watching them all this AM over my coffee.
The 2 Kissings stay toegther in 'their corner' the Tigers ALL school now w/out anyone being off to the other and and play around the plants and DW and the Cory's finally found teir "sleepy spot" under the Ludwigia Jungle.

Seems WAY calmer now then on the 1st morning. And no one will be added to this set up; this is how the tank will stay now cause I'd say its fully stocked and doesn't need any more add; so I hope all this is a good sign of a nice group establishment there

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I have a shoal of 8 (7 regular and 1 albino) and they are some of the most awesome fish ever. Really active and very voracious eaters. Any food placed into the tank is gone in seconds. I feed them guppy pellets ad dried shrimp. I also give them mosquito larva if I find a relatively clean source. Today we had mussels for lunch so I took some of the meat, rinsed it well to get the broth out,and then chopped it into fine pieces. As usual, gone in seconds!

I have a large ghost shrimp with them and they seem to coexist well. Sometimes the barbs try to peck at the shrimp but the shrimp always manages to scoot away. Most of the time it is very peaceful, though.


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they were never shy at having a peck at me when i had my hands in the tank
for maintainance.
I agree. They love tugging at the tiny hairs on my arm. They're like tiny piranhas, except that they do no damage. hehe

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Really active and very voracious eaters.
You ain't kidding there, when I fed Bloodworms last night I thought they were fixing to jump out of the tank over it

[quote=adiumroot;310751mosquito larva if I find a relatively clean source[/quote]
Shoot I can get you PLENTY of these from my rain barrel or unstocked pond here starting spring...Was actually wondering if I should "harvest" them and give to my fish...but if they don't eat all? I don't wanna breed MORE mosquitoes in my house.

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Shoot I can get you PLENTY of these from my rain barrel or unstocked pond here starting spring...Was actually wondering if I should "harvest" them and give to my fish...but if they don't eat all? I don't wanna breed MORE mosquitoes in my house.
Trust me, with tiger barbs, mosquito larva won't last a few hours in the tank. Some might get to hide with the plants and the decor but if they attempt to rise to the surface (which they need to do), they'll be gone before they know what hit 'em.

Just make sure that the larva come from a clean source to avoid parasites. Flower vases are relatively safer than clogged gutters or drainages and the like. I'd avoid the rain barrel but the unsticked pond seems an okay source.

But generally, mosquito larva are safe. These are what a lot of fish eat in the wild, anyways.

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