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post #11 of 14 Old 01-22-2010, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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Bad news guys and i was also wrong about the behavior of the other fish. They were the cause of the death of one of the tiger barbs. Aggression. Well, thanks anyways guys. Also i test my water and it turned out fine. Now i need stock more Tiger Barbs. Thanks again.
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post #12 of 14 Old 01-23-2010, 01:41 PM
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Bad news guys and i was also wrong about the behavior of the other fish. They were the cause of the death of one of the tiger barbs. Aggression. Well, thanks anyways guys. Also i test my water and it turned out fine. Now i need stock more Tiger Barbs. Thanks again.
Do you have a larger tank? If not, I would not suggest more TB's, same thing is likely to occur again, as Pasfur previously mentioned. Perhaps the store will take the TB's in exchange for more suitable fish?

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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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In the event that water quality is not an issue...

In my freshwater days I had a lot of experience with Tiger Barbs in various tank sizes, ranging from smaller 20 gallon systems to upwards of 125 gallons. Having considerable experience with this fish, this thread caught my attention.

I think the problem you are describing in inevitable in a 20 gallon tank. Even if you are not seeing aggressive behavior, the fish sense the aggression. The weakest member of the shoal is isolated, and slowly withers away and dies. This almost always occurs in these smaller systems.

Success with Tiger Barbs really required a 55 gallon tank or larger, and either a larger school or a nice dither fish to attract the attention of the more aggressive members of the group.
I agree with Pasfur.
In the wild, these fish school in the hundreds if not thousands and even in these large shools, the weaker fish, smaller fish,are subjected to pecking order which will leave them isolated from the larger school. The minimum number suggested for aquariums is exactly that. These fish, like most schooling fish,, in my view should be kept in groups of a dozen or more. This means larger tank for many folks .

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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post #14 of 14 Old 01-24-2010, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, ill try getting a larger tank soon. I already see one more TB being isolated from the group. Lets hope it stops there guys. Thanks for all the advice.
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