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post #1 of 11 Old 06-28-2007, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
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Tiger barbs are annoying need some advice. Sorry i'm a noob

My 55 gal tank just cycled....well, and i'm battleing some disease issues, but once that is all over I want to get some more fish.

I have 12 tiger barbs and 3 black skirt tetras and fake plants. The ph is a little on the high side 7.5-8 (i haven't treated it with ph down yet, but will soon) plus it is hard water.


I want to add some color and was very interested in the more colorful fish that are of more unusual shapes than the barbs and tetras.

Upon researching it seems that everything that is colorful and peaceful will be attacked by the barbs, conversely everything that is colorful and can hold it's own, will end up eating my barbs!

So basicly I have a tank full of fish that I can't realy pair anything with.

I can switch water to reverse osmosis water from my local pet store if needed.

I realy don't want a tank full of borring normal fish shaped fish that are all silverish or colored and tiny. A few somethings medium sized and colorful would be nice. If someone gets eaten in a year or two, maybe it was ment to be :P
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post #2 of 11 Old 06-28-2007, 10:52 PM
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Re: Tiger barbs are annoying need some advice. Sorry i'm a

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I have 12 tiger barbs and 3 black skirt tetras and fake plants. The ph is a little on the high side 7.5-8 (i haven't treated it with ph down yet, but will soon) plus it is hard water.
There is no need to adjust your pH if they appear to be fine. Avoid pH adjusting chemicals. Peat, almond leaves or driftwoods are better alternatives.
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I want to add some color and was very interested in the more colorful fish that are of more unusual shapes than the barbs and tetras.
Can you please specify what species you are looking for?
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Upon researching it seems that everything that is colorful and peaceful will be attacked by the barbs, conversely everything that is colorful and can hold it's own, will end up eating my barbs!
Your tank has plenty of space. Bottom dwellers may be your other option, if not mid dwellers.
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So basicly I have a tank full of fish that I can't realy pair anything with.
Tiger barbs have been successfully kept with several other fish that can defend themselves but not with long-finned and slow-moving species.

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post #3 of 11 Old 06-29-2007, 12:00 AM Thread Starter
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I was thinking some gouramis and new world ciclids (german blue ram) Basicly anything that is colorful! I'm not to picky. I just like colors and anything unusual. I'd do saltwater, but it's to tricky for me. (and to expensive)


I also wanted a iridesent shark.
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I was thinking some gouramis and new world ciclids (german blue ram) Basicly anything that is colorful! I'm not to picky. I just like colors and anything unusual. I'd do saltwater, but it's to tricky for me. (and to expensive)
If you want gouramis, I'm afraid your tiger barbs must be rehomed. As for the blue rams, they will be fine but I suggest providing plenty of hiding places for them to establish their boundaries.
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I also wanted a iridesent shark.
As far as I am concerned, this fish should be banned from the aquarium trade. I am glad you asked before trouble comes after you. Fish like the one mentioned are far too large for an average aquarium.

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I also wanted a iridesent shark.
As far as I am concerned, this fish should be banned from the aquarium trade. I am glad you asked before trouble comes after you. Fish like the one mentioned are far too large for an average aquarium.
The iridescant shark will grow larger than 3 feet in length. They really shouldn't be kept in an aquarium. There are several sharks that grow larger than 3 feet and are not aquarium appropriate. Stick to Red Tailed, Rainbow, Red Finned, and Bala sharks.
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The iridescant shark will grow larger than 3 feet in length. They really shouldn't be kept in an aquarium. There are several sharks that grow larger than 3 feet and are not aquarium appropriate. Stick to Red Tailed, Rainbow, Red Finned, and Bala sharks.
That's what I was saying. Pangasius should be avoided at all costs.

Bala sharks needed plenty of space so they're not recommended in a 55 gallons.

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I have only 5 tiger barbs left in my tank. Lost some to during my last move. But a rainbow shark is a great companion for them. They chase each other around and you can even watch the rainbow shark try to do a sneak attack from hiding. They get bossed around by my two convict cichlids if they stray too close to their territory.
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post #8 of 11 Old 06-29-2007, 07:59 PM
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I have ten tigers, and three albino tiger barbs in with many other fish including mollys, long finned zebra and long finned blue danios, platies, bala sharks, and rainbow shark...My male sailfin molly is WAY meaner than those barbs are. I think it all depends on your tank and your fish. My rank is in the process of being planted also. Good Luck!
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post #9 of 11 Old 07-04-2007, 09:56 PM
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you could also spice up the color by adding diff colored tiger barbs? green and albino versions usually mix well (although they don't always accept the albinos as part of the larger school).

really, tiger barbs get a bad rap- with a large school, they will mostly chase eachother and leave everyone else alone. i have some spotted bottias in with mine and they leave them alone... for the most part. they aren't colorful, but they look unique in their shape and spotted patterns. they are strong enough to chase the tigers away when they are bothering (which really only occures at meal times). anyways, i find them to be a nice contrast to my tigers and danios.

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Silver dollars are not colorfull but have a great temperment and are really beatifull fish. They are also fast enough to out run any aggressors for the most part. But you need fake plants our what has been sujested to me are Amazon Swords, Anubias, and Crypts.

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