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musclemilk 02-12-2009 05:18 PM

newbie. Tiger Barb and rainbow shark
Just got my first 25 gallon freshwater tank.
Have 2tiger barbs and 1 rainbow shark.
water temp is at 78F.

My one tiger barb died today; the other one is growing nicely and getting colorful.
Now i have 1 tiger and 1 rainbow shark.
They have been in the new tank for 1 week.

I heard tiger barbs should be in odd numbers no less than 3....should i go get another 2 since this one fella will be all alone now?

Any suggestions would be helpful.


Burninator 02-12-2009 11:33 PM

um. I did the same thing as you!

If one barb is fine, and the other died it might have just been small or sick or something of that nature. I have 9 barbs all together. Seems like the more i get the less aggressive they are.

Im not really sure on how many you could have in that size tank but they do better in groups.

Is the tank cycled and all that good stuff?

aunt kymmie 02-12-2009 11:37 PM

Hi there. Welcome to the forum :-D
Burninator is right on about the tiger barbs. A nice sized school of tiger barbs looks great. Go check out Burninator's tank to see the nice school of tigers that he has.
I'd also like to know how long you've had the tank set up??

musclemilk 02-13-2009 12:16 AM

had the tank for 1 week

veganchick 02-13-2009 10:07 AM

I heard they get aggressive and nippy if not in groups!

Burninator 02-13-2009 10:32 AM


Originally Posted by musclemilk (Post 171069)
had the tank for 1 week

This is most likely your problem

Are you using any kind of water conditioner, filter, water test kit?

willow 02-13-2009 02:45 PM

hello there and welcome.
your tank needs to cycle,if you can take a look at this link....
looks like you will be doing the cycle with your fish,unless you can take them back to the store.
even better would be if you have a friend with an aquarium,ask if they would donate to you
some of the media from their filter,place it in your filter,and your on the way :)
there are plenty of good people here to help you,so don't worry about asking questions
along the way.
in payment for help.we like to see plenty of pictures of your tank.:-D

musclemilk 02-13-2009 06:56 PM

used water conditioner for the first 3 days w\no fish and then tested the water. then introduced the fish. I have a pump and a filter

Burninator 02-13-2009 06:58 PM

read the link willow posted on tank cycling

Theres alot of good info in there

willow 02-14-2009 06:10 AM

is the water temp 78 with the heater ?
what are your water readings please.
i'm not sure that you now have enough fish to cycle the tank now,there
will only bee a little amonia from the fish waste,in which case(and some one please feel free to jump in)
your cycle will never get there.
i think unless you have a way of getting some mature media,like i mentioned,you'd
be best to take those fish back,and do the fishless cycle.
hope i'm helping.

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