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kchung 06-25-2008 01:39 PM

tiger barb the culprit?

Today I found my Chinese algae eater half eaten in my community tank. I have a 10g well planted tank with 6 tiger barbs, 1 red tail shark and 1 crayfish (and until today HAD 1 Chinese algae eater). Who could have done this?!

Many thanks,

willow 06-25-2008 01:41 PM

hello and warm welcome.
i would say that the culprit will be the crafish,
and everyone else will pick at an injured fish.

iamntbatman 06-25-2008 05:28 PM

Ditto. Tiger barbs are nippy and can do a number on the fins of a fish and eventually stress a fish to death so that could have happened, but it's much more likely to be your crayfish. Most crayfish are predatory towards fish they can catch.

Cody 06-25-2008 06:10 PM

If he was eaten, then defiantley the Crawfish. These usually arn't meant to be in an aquarium, as they will ambush fish and kill them.

The Barbs, as stated, will nip and harass themselves and other fish, and the Shark, dependant on size, will either chase/harass fish since you have a small tank, or be fairly peaceful.

kchung 06-26-2008 12:41 PM

It was definitely the tiger barbs, today I found my red tail shark has passed as well, only fish left are the tiger barbs! I didn't know they were that vicious!

Cody 06-26-2008 12:57 PM

Trust us, it was the crayfish. Both the RTBS and CAE are bottom dwellers who the crayfish will ambush, attack, and kill. I highly doubt the barbs are the culprtis here if the fish are "half-eaten."

willow 06-26-2008 02:31 PM

tiger barbs can and will be nasty,given half the chance.
my ones only sorted themselves out because i enlarged the group.
as a species only tank they make for a good show,however if you
are willing to take the chance and mix them with other fish,then
you have a 50/50 chance of it working out.
sorry you have had to have some losses. :(

Cody 06-26-2008 03:04 PM

But I mean, Barbs will not eat a fish completley. They just nip at fins a ton and shred them, usually nothing to the body, espically eating. If the fish was half eaten, then I would say it was the Crayfish.

kchung 06-28-2008 09:34 PM

Would it be possible the crayfish attacked the algae eater and red tailed shark leaving them injured, then the tiger barbs began to nip at the injured fish?

1077 06-29-2008 01:43 AM

Once saw a crayfish with a small perch in it's tank. One week later no perch :shock:

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