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post #11 of 15 Old 10-17-2012, 11:42 AM
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The reason I picked the Rosy Barbs is BECAUSE they get up to 6". Like as a center piece for the tank.
Will they not get along??
While 6 inches is possible, most sources say 3 is normal, but I think the Rosy are a nice contrast to the Tiger. The Black Ruby Barb, while my favourite, is very similar to the Tiger and much the same size, and they will get lost together.

They'll get along, as much as any barbs. All barbs are active and somewhat feisty, and for this reason should not be combined with slow or sedate fish. But that is not the issue here. I think 1077 was thinking more of the size in a 55g.

Six in the group will work (Rosy).

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post #12 of 15 Old 10-17-2012, 12:26 PM
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Yes, it was/is potential size, and number's of fishes mentioned thus far that I was thinkin on.
Will be a busy tank.

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post #13 of 15 Old 10-17-2012, 05:24 PM Thread Starter
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Oh okay, we'll could I pull off the 8 rosy barbs with 15 tigers and 5 panda corys in a 55?
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Oh okay, we'll could I pull off the 8 rosy barbs with 15 tigers and 5 panda corys in a 55?
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Well... The question here is the probable size of the Rosy Barb. When I wrote our profile and researched several reliable sources, I came up with the normal being 3 inches though some suggest 6 inches possible. 1077 mentions 6 inches, and I assume he has had the fish at that length. I have not kept this species myself. I just checked with my biologist friend Matt Ford's data on Seriously Fish and he says aquarium fish normally reach 2.5 to 3 inches, with some reports of 4 inches max.

If 3 inches is it, then 8 RB and the others are fine. But if this fish does reach 6 inches, that's a very different situation, and I would stay with six. I sat in front of my 90g which is also 4 feet in length and tried to imagine my group of five male Congo Tetra which are close to 3 inches as if they were 6, plus the added girth, and I would find the tank rather full.

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Okay, what would you suggest then? Something that gets semi big.
Stay away from the long finned rosy barbs. The normal rosy barbs should be OK.

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