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Albert 04-14-2008 04:10 PM

Any tiger barb breeding tips?
I have a 55 gallon tank(southeast asian river biotope) with:
5 tiger barbs
4 red tailed sharks
3 clown loaches
2 bumblebee catfish
2 angelfish
1 weather loach
1 striped raphael cat
1 orange gourami
I know not all the fish fit in but some are classics :P. Some of the barbs are courting and I'm not sure how to help. I have been feeding everyone blood and tubifex worms this week. The temp is around 80-86 degrees Fahrenheit. pH is 6.5 I'll upload a pic to help.
P.S. when do I get to use the chat.

Cody 04-14-2008 04:42 PM

Whoa, check out your stocking. Not good. You are overstocked. The Clown Loaches will easily reach 12-14"+, and the RTBS will eventually kill each other off untill there is one dominant shark left. The Angles may also eventually be a target to the barbs nippy behaivor. What type of pleco?

You will need to take some out.

As for breeding, it is very unlikely, espically with that set-up. Tiger Barbs eggs are usually eaten as fast as they are laid. They scatter them, so finding fertile eggs that havent been snatched up will be tough. All of those fish will see the eggs as a tasty snack as well.

For the best outcome, I would have 10+ Barbs in their own tank. But, even with that, it can be hard. I think I have read that soft wate helps, and if they have a bit of protein in their diet.

Amphitrite 04-14-2008 04:44 PM

The most successful method I know of is seperating the males from the females for a number of days. Feed both groups of fish on a high protein diet with live food, and increase the temperature to around 80 degrees.

After a few days have passed put the fish back in together. Having soft, slightly acidic water helps. I would advise a seperate breeding tank if you're seriously thinking of breeding them, and keep the temperature raised throughout the whole process.

Albert 04-14-2008 06:21 PM

Thanks for the help! The funny thing is that all the fish co exist fine. The barbs never nip any of the others(maybe a little at feeding time). same with the sharks. As for the loaches, they're about 4-5 inches each. When it comes to aggression it seems to be an even match. The pleco is a common pleco. He's 10 1/2 inches long and 2 inches wide. Fish have only died in my tank because the pleco eats them. I learned from the mistake though. No more little guys. The angelfish seem to fit in fine at the moment. Even if the barbs dont breed, its good to know whats going on. I'm in this for the science and not so much the decor. Although I have added some nice scenery.

Will upload pic ASAP

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