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Your advice on Tiger Barbs???
Old 08-10-2008, 03:50 PM   #11
 
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O sorry I thought that live foods meant like Alive foods haha. I meant like guppies, goldfish, earthworms that kind of thing :)
I wouldn't advise feeding them other fish, as it can spread illness. Their mouths are small enough that they would just torture the fish and slowly peck away at it, which would be horrible. On the other hand, if they come across guppy fry or something like that, they'll surely eat them.

You can feed the TB's earthworms, although you'll have to cut it up to get it small enough. Also, make sure they are collected from dirt free of pesticides, fertilizer and other chemicals.

There are lots of other worms you can feed them as well. For instance, California blackworms are aquatic worms (much smaller than earthworms) which your TB's will absolutely love.
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Old 11-13-2008, 03:31 PM   #12
 
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I have a 20g tank with tiger barbs, dwarf puffers, and a clown pleco. Mixing the barbs and the puffers was kind of an experiment that actually has turned out well (other than two of the little puffers dying from an unknown cause, likely and internal parasite of some kind). I started with five barbs but there was a lot of aggression within the group, so I added a sixth and things have been going smoothly ever since. My barbs are ravenous eaters and fast movers. The tanks they came from in the LFS were full of finless other fish. I believe that their reputation is completely justified and that they'd need appropriate tank mates that would either be short finned and fast or aggressive enough to keep the barbs from bothering them. With the puffers, I lucked out because the barbs don't seem to even notice they exist, even when the puffers try to school with the barbs.

So, my advice is, if you can get an appropriate home for them, definitely give them a shot as they're great looking fish and behave like a school of mini piranhas. Cool fish.
How many dp's do you have? 3? I'm looking to set something very similar up... as my 'experiement', but I was thinking about cherry barbs... sorry I don't mean to hyjack a thread, but just saw this in here.
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Old 11-13-2008, 05:32 PM   #13
 
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I actually lost two of the puffers a while back to what I believe was internal parasites, so there's only one puffer with the barbs now. But, as I said, I've never had compatibility issues between the two species. I'm not sure the cherry barbs would work as well since they're not as big, not as fast-moving and don't really school together.
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Old 11-19-2008, 10:08 PM   #14
 
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hi
i have tiger barbs.
great fish,bigger the group the better,then they should keep the arguments to themselves.they were also in with
odessa barbs,ticto barbs,and albino tigers.
they are in with pearl gouramis,a gold gourami.Angel fish,
neons,yoyo loaches,clown loaches.couple of plecs.
i have them in the 4ft tank, i find at times they are a fast swimming fish
and really like the room,the tank is planted with large
vallis,there is also wood in there too.
So you kept the tiger barbs peacefully with angel fish? I have been thinking about my stocking list for a 55 and was wanting angels and barbs. I didn't assume i could keep them together since barbs tend to be nippy. I was debating back and forth as to which i'd rather keep. if i can keep them together that would make the decision a LOT easier.
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Old 11-19-2008, 11:18 PM   #15
 
I currently have a 29g that I might redo in the coming months. I've always loved barbs and would love a school of either green tiger barbs or just regular tiger barbs. What is a good tank mate situation for them and a nice number to have in a 29g tank?
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Old 11-20-2008, 05:28 PM   #16
 
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The bigger the school the better. How about a dozen barbs and some loaches that can stand up for themselves, like a school of skunk loaches?
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Old 11-24-2008, 05:38 PM   #17
 
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So you kept the tiger barbs peacefully with angel fish? I have been thinking about my stocking list for a 55 and was wanting angels and barbs. I didn't assume i could keep them together since barbs tend to be nippy. I was debating back and forth as to which i'd rather keep. if i can keep them together that would make the decision a LOT easier.
hi
yes i did,and they got on great,however that's not to say i would chance
it again,i don't think i would be lucky enough to get another group like it.
the trouble i have is with platys nipping at the Angel.
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