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post #1 of 9 Old 11-09-2008, 05:14 AM Thread Starter
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Tiger Barb tankmate question

I've currently got six tiger barbs (all small, largest is an inch or just under) in a ten gallon tank and was thinking of adding a dwarf gourami. Two main questions here. I've read that the barbs tend to not bother other fish when kept in large enough groups even though they are fin nippers- would the gourami be safe? Two, is a ten gallon large enough? I know barbs grow to a few inches and even by themselves I'm planning on eventually buying a larger tank (30? 55?), but at their current size would it still be too much?
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post #2 of 9 Old 11-09-2008, 03:28 PM
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JMHO,don't put him in there with them.
they are going to need more room as they get bigger.
tiger barbs need a large open area for fast swimming,
planted around the sides of the aquarium.
it will be 50/50 chance of you being able to add other fish
that are not of the barb family,and even then,you're not
garaunteed of calm in the tank.
i had,albino tbs,tiger tbs,odessa barbs,moss green tbs,i have
two remaining fivebanded barbs.they looked awsome in a large planted tank.

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 #3 of 9 Old 11-10-2008, 01:17 AM Thread Starter
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Was afraid of that. I need to wait a few weeks before I can add more fish anyway (just added three to my original three) so I've got some time to think about it. Just curious as the tank still looks pretty roomy, but I know overstocking is dangerous and so far I've managed to avoid the temptation.

Another tiger barb question though: I've noticed that sometimes when my barbs are not swimming around they'll stay still but with their front end tilted down at 45 degrees or so. Is this a normal or a sign of stress? They appear otherwise healthy to my admittedly very novice eyes.
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post #4 of 9 Old 11-10-2008, 04:13 AM
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Your 10 gal tank will not support more than the tiger barbs. It is not a question of how crowded or how much room you have but rather a question of waste created in a small tank. The barbs can get quite large> i have seen some at nearly two inches. water changes in a ten gal tank may need to be performed twice a week for the number of fish you currently have as they grow. And tiger barbs as already mentioned, need lot's of swimming room. I would look for larger tank new or used so that you could have more fish rather than add fish to the ten gal. or find new home for the tiger barbs which would allow you to have a school of smaller fish such as some of the tetras, endlers, sparkling gouramis,celestial pearl danios, gold white clouds, or fancy guppies. A small school (six) would also allow possiblt four or five of the small corys.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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post #5 of 9 Old 11-10-2008, 09:27 PM
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I've seen some tiger barbs pushing 3". That, plus their speedy swimming habits, means they'll need a bigger tank. I've got six in a 20g tank currently but I hope to upgrade them to something even bigger.

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post #6 of 9 Old 11-10-2008, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the replies. Looks like I'll have to eventually buy a larger tank. Which raises another question: Assuming I've gotten a big tank and moved the tigers in there, would the ten gallon be large enough for a pair of angels, assuming I didn't have anything else in there?
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post #7 of 9 Old 11-11-2008, 04:53 AM Thread Starter
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Sorry for the double post. Been doing some reading and it seems that angels need more space. Makes sense I suppose. Should have gone for a 30 gallon in the first place. Stupid tiny apartment.
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post #8 of 9 Old 11-11-2008, 06:08 AM
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It is very unlikely that your Tiger Barbs will live long in a 10 gallon aquarium. As this species matures it will establish much more aggressive behavior within the pecking order. Small schools stand almost no chance of survival because the weakest fish is bullied until death, at which point another weakest fish is established.

Long term success with Tiger Barbs generally requires a minimum tank size of 55 gallon, heavily planted, and a school of 12 to 15 fish at minimum. Emphasis on HEAVILY planted.

I suggest returning your fish to the LFS and purchasing species which can live out their normal life inside your aquarium.
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post #9 of 9 Old 11-11-2008, 11:09 AM
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yes,sorry no angels in a tank of that size,however when you upgrade
you would be able to stock with the fish that 1077 suggested. :)
the tiger behaviour is perfectly normal,don't worry.

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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