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post #11 of 24 Old 05-16-2013, 10:18 AM
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Harassment is normal is small groups. What happens with keeping more males is that they spend less time harassing females and more time displaying for each other. With more females than males, there are more than enough females to go around so the males don't really have to compete for them. With a more even ratio, there is more competition for the females, which actually alleviates pressure on them. That's what I have found.


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post #12 of 24 Old 05-16-2013, 10:19 AM
makes sense. Thats why i asked lol
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post #13 of 24 Old 05-16-2013, 04:33 PM Thread Starter
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Alright sweet, thanks so much for all of this. So excited now!
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If I was to get about 8 of each barb would it be possible to get 6 pink tetras? Girlfriend loves them lol, and if I buy them she will put up with all the fishy talk
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post #16 of 24 Old 05-17-2013, 09:34 AM
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I'm thinking these are the same as white skirt tetras which are a variation of the black skirt tetra. They're nippy, so take that into account. Not so much of a good addition if you want a nice peaceful tank. They tend to pick on each other rather than other species. Definitely no long finned slow species with them.

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post #17 of 24 Old 05-17-2013, 10:15 AM
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If I was to get about 8 of each barb would it be possible to get 6 pink tetras? Girlfriend loves them lol, and if I buy them she will put up with all the fishy talk
You would have plenty of room, but like was said, if they are white skirt variants, they are nippy. Not that the barbs couldn't handle that, but might not be the best idea to put them with the gouramis. But, in a large enough tank anything is possible. A 55 may be big enough for there not to be any issues. Tank size plays a huge role in fish behavior.


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post #18 of 24 Old 05-17-2013, 11:35 AM
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... Tank size plays a huge role in fish behavior.
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post #19 of 24 Old 05-17-2013, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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: ) sweet I'll add gouramis and tetras first and see what happens. Cheers guys!
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post #20 of 24 Old 05-25-2013, 10:28 AM
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Sorry I'm late coming to this thread, but I have a couple comments that I hope will still be in time to avoid trouble for you.

Forget the shark, with any bottom fish. As someone mentioned, quite correctly, these fish will become more territorial as they mature, and they do not appreciate sharing space with similar fish. The loaches are especially problematic, and while I can't say definitely about the corys, for the sake of the gentle corys I wold not subject them to even possible harassment from a shark.

As for the upper fish, while I would not normally mix any barb with gourami, due to the activeness of most barb and the sedate quiet demeanor of all gourami, the cherry is not so likely to cause trouble. But forget the Black Widow Tetra or any of its variations, as these will nip gourami.

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