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Mirta 02-16-2008 11:10 AM

weight problems with tiger barbs
Well, I know that tigers are prone to putting on weight. I do have a couple in my batch who are really plump. Two, however are so thin, I am afraid to look at them.

They all get fed enough and regularly. They get varied food, bloodworms at times too. What could have happened to the two? One of them has only one eye, the other has a strange looking gill - it is bent and is sort of folded up a bit.

There are also albino and green barbs in the same tank. All look fine. One albino is also single-eyed, but he appears to be normal. has anyone had any experience like that?

91sw20 02-16-2008 12:11 PM

I have a school of 6 tigers all purchased at the same time. I have 2 that are huge, one that is quite small (in comparison) and the rest are about average. There are no other physical differences between them. I just figured the one is a runt!

the picture is a few months old but the smallest one in the pic (2nd from right) has not grown while 2 of them have gotten fatter since.

Mirta 02-19-2008 02:02 PM

That's a beautiful picture! Your barbs look all healthy to me. It is true, they maybe plump but it is better than what I had - unfortunately my skinny one died, he didn't survive the water change. Some of my barbs do remain quite round. I have tried to feed them less, but I have to cater for the rest inhabitants of that tank. Besides, I think that the problem might not be food. the one that died had a deformed gill. Now another one - with only one eye - is showing some signs of weight loss.

What other fish do you keep with your barbs - I can see swordtails. I was palnning to relocate my golden gouramis and put them into the barb tank. I know the barbs can have objections to that.

willow 02-19-2008 02:57 PM

i've got an albino tiger barb with one eye,i didn't notice
when i purchased the group.I have found that out of all of the
barbs"one eyed jack" is the slimmest of them all,
i guess sometimes he dosen't see the food straight away,
and perhaps there is not as much left for him,i don't see
a problem with him,as he survived the mass loss that i had
last year while i was away on holiday.
if possible keep an eye on him (no pun ment)and if he is in a particular
part of the tank,see if you can offer him a bit of food.
my barbs will take food from my fingers,it shouldn't take them long
to become less affraid of you,then you may be able to hand feed him.

Cody 02-19-2008 06:28 PM

I have 5 Tiger Barbs (getting two more in a week or so), and there is definately a size difference. My most dominant male, although not the longest, is definately the fattest. My dominant female is somewhat smaller, and my 2nd dominant male is about th same size of the dominant female. I have another barb which is pretty large length wise, but not as "full" as the others. And I have 1 small barb who is probably only 1-1.5" long, and resembles a smaller barb of the 4th one I mentioned. They al are healthy fortunatley as well.

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