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post #1 of 2 Old 03-15-2012, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
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Question Trouble maker

I have a 55 gallon, I have a mix of different species of fish but I have one glass barb that seems to be the trouble maker. All together I have 6 Glass bard 3 males and 3 females.


I have one male that is fin nipping my much larger fish. He has been fin nipping at my rainbow fish, and opaline gouramis.

This just recently started too. I have had all the fish for almost 2 years now.

What could I do? I don't want him to continue nipping at the others.

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post #2 of 2 Old 03-17-2012, 03:03 PM
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Glass Barb is a common name that I am not familiar with, and when I did a search it came up with various obviously-different barbs. Do you have the scientific name?

In the interim, all barb are feisty and active, so nipping can be expected. Maintaining the fish in large enough groups and tanks can lessen this--usually. Depending upoon the species, 6 may be normally sufficient, or more may work better.

Another point to make is that barb should never be combined with sedate fish like gourami, and I'm afraid you are seeing one reason why. Rainbows, assuming it is one of the larger species, should be OK, but I don't know the tank size nor the barb species.


Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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