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post #1 of 6 Old 05-23-2013, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
Green Tiger Barbs & Bosemani Rainbowfish

Hi, I have 6 Boesmani Rainbowfish in a 55 gallon tank. I see in their profile they can get along with some barbs.

I know tiger barbs can be nippy, I was wondering how they would be with the Rainbows, which are very fast and don't have long fins.

I was thinking of getting 6 or 8 green tiger barbs, if they can get along with the Rainbows.
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post #2 of 6 Old 05-23-2013, 11:54 AM
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I've got both in my 75 gallon community. 8 of each and they leave each other alone.

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post #3 of 6 Old 05-23-2013, 12:15 PM Thread Starter
Thanks! That's encouraging. Do tiger barbs eat plants? I am thinking of planting the tank, it's pretty sparse right now.
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post #4 of 6 Old 05-23-2013, 04:49 PM
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Not a problem there either. My tank is pretty heavily planted I've never seen the barbs nom-nomming on the plants unless there was a random piece of food on one.

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post #5 of 6 Old 05-24-2013, 09:45 AM
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I agree with Romad oin both issues. Just keep the size of the group up, I would say 9-12 for the barbs. Whenever I have bought exactly the number I wanted, one always seems to die. And the more there are, the less likely the nipping outside the group. Individual fish can sometimes vary so this should avoid trouble.


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post #6 of 6 Old 05-26-2013, 08:08 AM
I don't have a fraction of these guys experience, but I keep Rainbows and Tiger barbs together (with plants) with no problems at all. They seem to be a good mix. They're all fast so noone gets out competed at feeding time. I used to keep moonlight gouramis with my rainbows and they always got beat out at feeding time.

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