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JDM 01-05-2013 10:44 PM

Barbs and swords
 
My barbs have had an entire day in the tank now, they seem to be settled as they occasionally chase each other around the tank.

I thought it interesting that they seem to congregate around the two sword plants more than anywhere else in particular. I would have expected around the taller stems or even behind the vertical driftwood as the swords are not very big yet. They really have to squeeze in to get all twelve in there.

Does anyone else seem to have favorite hangouts for their various fishes, particularly one that surprised you?

Jeff.

Byron 01-06-2013 12:34 PM

I suspect the swords provide the most cover [I have in my mind's eye the photos of this tank from your other thread], and initially they will appreciate hiding, as many fish do. Once they settle, they will likely be out and about, as barbs are fairly active swimmers.

Barbs also love picking algae and food off of plant leaves; my Black Ruby Barb are often observed picking at the leaves of the big swords. More delicate plants can be eaten too by barbs, but they naturally like algae and the micro foods associated with biofilms. The tiny holes in the leaves of many of the swords in this tank are caused by the loaches, Botia kubotai, which will eat sword leaves, but it is minimal.

Byron.

Nilet699 01-06-2013 01:32 PM

I found my tetras were like this for a short while and only looked really confident at feeding time early on. Adding my loaches though, they were all of a sudden happy to swim freely. I think I've read somewhere that species diversity does help 'bring the fish out'.

Nilet699 01-06-2013 01:37 PM

The fish hangouts that surprised me were just my loaches in general - they found the tiniest hangouts between my large piece of wood, places I'd never of dreamed of seeing them lounge in!

JDM 01-06-2013 01:38 PM

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Originally Posted by Nilet699 (Post 1380975)
I found my tetras were like this for a short while and only looked really confident at feeding time early on. Adding my loaches though, they were all of a sudden happy to swim freely. I think I've read somewhere that species diversity does help 'bring the fish out'.

Lower risk of being eaten when there are others that can also get eaten.

Fish just know stats... after all, they do go to school.....:roll:(insert groan here.)

Jeff.

JDM 01-06-2013 01:43 PM

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Originally Posted by Byron (Post 1380925)
I suspect the swords provide the most cover [I have in my mind's eye the photos of this tank from your other thread], and initially they will appreciate hiding, as many fish do. Once they settle, they will likely be out and about, as barbs are fairly active swimmers.

Barbs also love picking algae and food off of plant leaves; my Black Ruby Barb are often observed picking at the leaves of the big swords. More delicate plants can be eaten too by barbs, but they naturally like algae and the micro foods associated with biofilms. The tiny holes in the leaves of many of the swords in this tank are caused by the loaches, Botia kubotai, which will eat sword leaves, but it is minimal.

Byron.

My daughter was asking me about their tendency to pick up some sand, then spit it back out again. I told her that's what they were doing...eating the little almost microscopic food. They are acting a lot like bottom feeders in many regards. I'm now wondering if they will be somewhat competitive on the bottom when we get our catfish.

Jeff.

Nilet699 01-06-2013 01:52 PM

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Originally Posted by JDM (Post 1380983)
Lower risk of being eaten when there are others that can also get eaten.

Fish just know stats... after all, they do go to school.....:roll:(insert groan here.)

Jeff.

Oh Jeff......... :BIGhmm:

charlie1881 01-06-2013 02:06 PM

Hey Jeff ,
My community tank is full of guys like that even my guppys , and they are suppose to stay up top for the most part . But you see them all over even flippin rosks in the sub wich I thought was ''odd'' cause I have a tall tank and they r top dwellinf fishes but it's not its just nature . The fish are gonna find a snack when they get hungry and they know where to look for what they like ;-)
The barbs wont eat enough to cause an issue with th cats , I wouldnt think . Their is lil to no aggresive compatition in my tank and they all scavange a lil but my BN placos dont mind at all . And feeding has nothing to do with it either cause mine are spoiled and on the verge of diet time lol . I feed omega flakes for breakfast , and have a homemade mix of dehydrated bloodworms an shrimp crushed up together they get a tiny pinch of at nighttime to destract them when i feed my frogs there froozen bloodworms , it only works for a second when they smell'em they still run to get one or 2 each but unlike what I've been told, my ADF's gobble up supper and will jump at fish when its time to eat . All that said to show / say they will pick around in sub an plants regardless of food in tank lol.
As for the ''op'' lol after my chapter on feeding I finaly get to it :-P
My cherry barbs and my ''hets'' both stay together mostly in the right far corner behind a stick of mopani under a dwarf purple lilly . When they arent chasein each other around lol. I thought they would stay in the tall blade plantes but they seem to like the lilly pads much more ...
god bless

I


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