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post #1 of 14 Old 04-27-2013, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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Question Tiger Barbs - Should I add fish to reduce aggressive behavior?

I have four tiger barbs. Since I bought them, three have hung together and one smaller one has been more distant. There is a lot of aggression between two of the barbs (possibly males?). To reduce the aggression and increase the schooling would it be advisable to add additonal barbs? My tank info is listed here and my paras yesterday were ph6.6, nh 0, no 0, nitrates unavailable since new test kit had the wrong reagents.

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post #2 of 14 Old 04-27-2013, 07:48 PM
Tiger barbs are not good for the community tank. They can also get very nasty and kill each other if left in a school of lest than six. My advice is to move them to a tank by themselves and add more tiger barbs.
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post #3 of 14 Old 04-27-2013, 07:49 PM
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First, I've moved this thread out of characins and into cyprinids, as all babs are Cyprinids.

Quick answer to your question is, yes. If you check the profile [click on the shaded name, Tiger Barb] it mentions that this species is naturally feisty and is therefore best in larger groups of no less than 8 and preferably even more. You have a 55g tank, so there is room for more; I would get another 6-7.

[Now, I assume you really do want this fish in your tank? Because if you don't, getting more is not the way to go; getting rid of the ones you have (back to the store or whatever) is better then.]

Edit: The previous post came along as I was typing. I tend to agree, but as this is a 55g tank (4-feet in length) and if the OP is careful with tankmates, this should be OK. I believe we have discussed his fish in another thread... rings a bell anyway.

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post #4 of 14 Old 04-27-2013, 08:55 PM
I would not put tiger barbs in a community tank. Sorry Byron.
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post #5 of 14 Old 04-27-2013, 09:45 PM
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I've got them in mine with no problems at all. It's all in the numbers and compatability. I've got 8 of them in with 8 Boesmani Rainbows and other tetras. Each group holds their own with no aggression towards each other or the other species.

Animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.
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post #6 of 14 Old 04-27-2013, 11:51 PM Thread Starter
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I have observed these barbs carefully because of their rep. They are not aggressive toward the other fish in the tank. Only within their own kind.

Yes, Byron, I have asked this question before but never gotten an answer.

I have become quite fond of them because of their color, behavior and group swimming style. They seem to do OK in this tank.
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post #7 of 14 Old 04-28-2013, 02:25 AM
Reasons why Tiber Barbs are not good community fish:

1.Tiger Barbs are ravenous feeders that will eat anything and leave no food for less aggressive feeders, unless you over feed the Tiger Barbs.

2. Tiger Barbs can get quite large and will kill each other if they don't have enough room. A school of 8-10 (the minimum recommended school) will get large enough for a 55 gallon aquarium by themselves.

3. Tiger Barbs will attempt to eat anything that is slow moving and small enough for them to attack, such as smaller tetras or even medium sized tetras and live bearers.

4. Tiger Barbs are totally incompatible with dwarf, medium-sized or large cichlids. They will hide and cower from the cichlids and be totally stressed.

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post #8 of 14 Old 04-28-2013, 11:18 AM
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I would not put tiger barbs in a community tank. Sorry Byron.
Don't be sorry this time...I happen to agree with you. But every time I say this on here, one or more other members will jump on me.
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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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post #9 of 14 Old 04-28-2013, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
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Hummm,
I guess I got my answer. Thank you, all.

I am going to have to make rearrangement decisions for my whole tank since there are several mismatches.
This was one of my original questions that did not get answered. These clarifications will fill in the blanks.
Unfortunately, I have become fond of the ones that I am going to have to separate.

I'm sorry that everyone jumps on you, Byron. It is apparent to this newbie that you have a lot of experience and knowledge. Thanks
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Hummm,
I guess I got my answer. Thank you, all.

I am going to have to make rearrangement decisions for my whole tank since there are several mismatches.
This was one of my original questions that did not get answered. These clarifications will fill in the blanks.
Unfortunately, I have become fond of the ones that I am going to have to separate.

I'm sorry that everyone jumps on you, Byron. It is apparent to this newbie that you have a lot of experience and knowledge. Thanks
Don't worry about me, I'm a pretty tough old geezer.

But to your comment about questions not answered...where is this? I'll take a look. I can't remember the details sufficiently on the former post.

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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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