04-02-2012, 11:10 AM
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Originally Posted by shady07
Hey thanks for the warm welcome :)
yeah i was going some reading and tiger barbs dont seem like the best tankmate for gourami's. However i came across the rosy barb. It seems more docile then the Tiger and have read about people keeping them together. How would you rate that idea
This is not a small fish either, attaining at least 3 inches though some sources say up to 6 inches. Any fish this large, especially when it is an active swimmer as all barbs are, needs a 4-foot tank or larger.
The other issue is the activeness mentioned above; all barb are like this, as are all the danio species. These should not be housed with slow sedate fish like gourami, angels, and others, as the constant swimming activity--and in healthy barbs and danio we are talking fast swimming around the tank--is annoying to slow fish that like to cruise among plants in quiet waters like swamps.
This is mentioned in our profile, please check those. And remember that such information has to be general, based upon the normal activity/behaviour/temperament of the majority of fish in a given species. Just as with people, there can be individual fish that do not conform to the "norm," but it is not wise to take such a risk because the norm is usually the way, and fish that deviate from it might sometimes do so because something is not to their liking in the aquarium and this can cause various responses from the fish.