04-28-2013, 06:51 PM
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Originally Posted by mcompagno
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.
I kept them in a 55 gallon community and would have to disagree with your assessment on all counts. I had no trouble getting the other fish fed, they do not get too big to displace other fish in a 55, they did not attack and eat other fish, and they did not hide or cower from the small and medium sized cichlids with which I kept them. It seems very inconsistent that these monsters you are portraying would hide and cower from cichlids. As if cichlids would even give them a second look. Not sure what kind of cichlids you've kept, but the ones that are appropriate for a community tank are not bruisers that search the tank looking for a fight - they hang low in the water, quietly going about their business....
I'm sorry that you've had such an awful experience with them - perhaps if you share the details of your experience we can figure out why it turned out that way. But it is NOT a forgone conclusion that that is how it will turn out, especially in a larger tank. That all being said, I would not suggest attempting a full community in less than a 4 foot tank. You can certainly pair them with another semi aggressive species in less, though no less than a 29.
Last edited by jaysee; 04-28-2013 at 06:57 PM..