weight problems with tiger barbs - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 5 Old 02-16-2008, 11:10 AM Thread Starter
Mirta's Avatar
weight problems with tiger barbs

Well, I know that tigers are prone to putting on weight. I do have a couple in my batch who are really plump. Two, however are so thin, I am afraid to look at them.

They all get fed enough and regularly. They get varied food, bloodworms at times too. What could have happened to the two? One of them has only one eye, the other has a strange looking gill - it is bent and is sort of folded up a bit.

There are also albino and green barbs in the same tank. All look fine. One albino is also single-eyed, but he appears to be normal. has anyone had any experience like that?

Mirta is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 5 Old 02-16-2008, 12:11 PM
New Member
91sw20's Avatar
I have a school of 6 tigers all purchased at the same time. I have 2 that are huge, one that is quite small (in comparison) and the rest are about average. There are no other physical differences between them. I just figured the one is a runt!

the picture is a few months old but the smallest one in the pic (2nd from right) has not grown while 2 of them have gotten fatter since.

91sw20 is offline  
post #3 of 5 Old 02-19-2008, 02:02 PM Thread Starter
Mirta's Avatar
That's a beautiful picture! Your barbs look all healthy to me. It is true, they maybe plump but it is better than what I had - unfortunately my skinny one died, he didn't survive the water change. Some of my barbs do remain quite round. I have tried to feed them less, but I have to cater for the rest inhabitants of that tank. Besides, I think that the problem might not be food. the one that died had a deformed gill. Now another one - with only one eye - is showing some signs of weight loss.

What other fish do you keep with your barbs - I can see swordtails. I was palnning to relocate my golden gouramis and put them into the barb tank. I know the barbs can have objections to that.

Mirta is offline  
post #4 of 5 Old 02-19-2008, 02:57 PM
willow's Avatar
i've got an albino tiger barb with one eye,i didn't notice
when i purchased the group.I have found that out of all of the
barbs"one eyed jack" is the slimmest of them all,
i guess sometimes he dosen't see the food straight away,
and perhaps there is not as much left for him,i don't see
a problem with him,as he survived the mass loss that i had
last year while i was away on holiday.
if possible keep an eye on him (no pun ment)and if he is in a particular
part of the tank,see if you can offer him a bit of food.
my barbs will take food from my fingers,it shouldn't take them long
to become less affraid of you,then you may be able to hand feed him.
willow is offline  
post #5 of 5 Old 02-19-2008, 06:28 PM
I have 5 Tiger Barbs (getting two more in a week or so), and there is definately a size difference. My most dominant male, although not the longest, is definately the fattest. My dominant female is somewhat smaller, and my 2nd dominant male is about th same size of the dominant female. I have another barb which is pretty large length wise, but not as "full" as the others. And I have 1 small barb who is probably only 1-1.5" long, and resembles a smaller barb of the 4th one I mentioned. They al are healthy fortunatley as well.
Cody is offline  

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
6 tiger barbs in a 15 gal? jdm free Cyprinids and Atherinids 12 07-23-2010 11:53 PM
what to put with tiger barbs foxinc666 Cyprinids and Atherinids 6 12-11-2009 11:03 PM
New Tiger Barbs timmo2009 Cyprinids and Atherinids 2 06-16-2009 11:51 AM
Tiger Barbs... fishr4life Cyprinids and Atherinids 9 06-13-2007 05:32 PM
Tiger Barbs Blade Cyprinids and Atherinids 4 06-12-2007 08:48 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome