11-13-2008, 02:31 PM
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Originally Posted by iamntbatman
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.