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post #1 of 11 Old 04-24-2009, 01:56 AM Thread Starter
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Arrow Few questions about tiger barbs well being

First of all, i just got two albino cories. I feed them algae wafers and the barbs much on them too - this isn't bad for them right?

How long can 5 tigers live in a 10 gallon? I know it is far imperior to what they require. The Nitrite in the 20 gal is finally coming down so hopefully they can be rehomed soon. The next step is their 55 which will be home from now on. Will the 10 stunt their growth? How long of being in the 10 is too long? same for 20, even though i think they should reach max size in a 20 right?
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post #2 of 11 Old 04-24-2009, 02:51 AM Thread Starter
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Why do i have a feeling the algae was bad for them? their stomachs look rather big now.. i hope they're okay
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post #3 of 11 Old 04-24-2009, 03:29 AM
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Tiger barbs may get nippy due to lack of swimming space but should do ok temporarily. Corys and barbs would do well with shrimp pellets,frozen or freeze dried brine shrimp,A good flake food,occasional blood worms.
Iwould not add any more fish to the ten gal until twenty gal is ready.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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post #4 of 11 Old 04-24-2009, 03:42 AM
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how big are they ?
if they are the small ones,you'll be ok for a little while,
keep the water really clean,and provide hiding places to make them feel secure.
do they look like a pine cone from above ? if they do then they have bloat.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #5 of 11 Old 04-24-2009, 01:35 PM Thread Starter
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1077 - luckily the barbs haven't really been nippy towards the cories. Luckily they actually seem like they're getting along really well so far. The barbs do chase eachother around the tank when they feel like it, but seem very peaceful with the cories. which is great. I have a flake food the barbs are usually on, i didn't think cories ate flake due to their mouth positioning. I have some shrimp pellets i'll try today to see how they like them. I also substitute the flake food for treats occassionally. And no, definitely not going to add anymore fish to the 10. I was worried just adding the 2 cories. I decided to get them and keep super close tabs on the params, which i always do after adding new fish anyways. Like i said, nitrites are coming down in the 20 so hopefully it wont be too terribly long now.

Willow - The largest barb is no bigger than 1-1/2 inch and i'm pretty sure he isn't even that big. And they get smaller as they go. The smallest is prob 3/4 of an inch. The two cories are probably 1 and 1-1/2 inch (again he probably is a little smaller than this in reality, i'm shooting a little high). There are hiding places and I plan to stay very on top of the water. That was part of the deal i made to myself when i decided to take them home. I didn't really get to look at the barbs from the top. I went to bed and woke up and their stomachs look normal again. Will bloat pass that quickly?
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post #6 of 11 Old 04-24-2009, 02:05 PM
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if it's gone over night,they probably didn't have it in the first place :)
which is good.
perhaps try soaking the flake food befor you feed them,then it may not happen again,
could be(and i'm not sure) perhaps the food is swelling in the stomache ?

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #7 of 11 Old 04-27-2009, 03:26 AM Thread Starter
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It never happened until i fed the newly acquired cories an algae wafer. I can only assume it caused that.
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post #8 of 11 Old 05-01-2009, 01:56 PM
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Well, algae wafers are pretty big, so if the barbs really went to town on it they could have just eaten a lot and had slightly swollen stomachs as a result. Cories are also bottom-feeding scavengers, not algae eaters, so their diet should contain more protein than plant matter. Things like sinking crumbles or shrimp pellets (or soaked flake that will sink) should be fed more often than algae wafers.

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post #9 of 11 Old 05-01-2009, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
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i now have the cories on shrimp pellets as their staple food. and whatever flake food they can get to before the barbs do.
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post #10 of 11 Old 05-04-2009, 02:12 AM Thread Starter
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Well... I had one barb mysteriously die. I didnt think anything about it at the time, just a dead barb. Then a day or two later i noticed the biggest barb having slightly torn fins. I had been super busy with school so i hadn't really had the chance to look everything over, which at the time i also thought it was just a normal death (of the first one). After i noticed the fins i thought that maybe the dead one (second biggest) and this one (biggest) had just gotten into a dominance fight or something. SO i went on assuming that they just fought and that he would be okay since i had my littlest ones fin nipped almost all the way down and recovered with no problems. So i let him go for another day and monitored him really closely. The next morning i checked in to find out his fins were getting much worse and he was swimming very wierd (the little bit that he even tried to swim). I started to suspect fin rot. I moved him to the hospital tank and dosed him with melafix and pimafix. Unfortunately the next day he passed :( . Any suggestions on what you think caused this? After the two deaths i'm just afraid there is a disease that might have caused it. I added two cories not too long ago but havent had any other problems.
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