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foxinc666 11-27-2009 12:27 PM

what to put with tiger barbs
im new to the whole fish thing i got about a 30 gal tankwith 3 tiger barbs and 1 cory cat. just wondering what would be good fish to put in with them that they wont go after thanks

Twistersmom 11-27-2009 12:55 PM

Hello and welcome to the forum!

How new is the tank? Have you read up on the aquarium cycle, that new tanks go through? Do you have a water test kit?
If the tank is not cycled, I would not add anymore till the tank becomes a little more mature, then add new fish a couple at a time, to allow beneficial bacteria to build up. I would add at least 3 more tiger barbs and a few more cory. Cory do better in groups of 3+, and tiger barbs are less likely to inflict harm on other fish if kept in groups of 6 or more.
I have found tiger barbs to do well with most fish, that do not have long flowing fins. Did you have a type fish, in mind?

adiumroot 12-01-2009 12:01 PM

Seconding twistersmom's advice. Make sure your tnk is cycled first!

I'd recommend for you to get more cories and barbs instead. Both species fare better with more of their own kind. Maybe get the cories to total 4 or 5 and the tiger barbs to about 8-10.

I have a group of 7 Tiger barbs and they are real amusing to watch. Being in a medium-sized group, they leave their pleco tankmate alone.

If I had a tank large enough, I'd get a school of 20+ tiger barbs. Now that would be awesome!

jaysee 12-09-2009 11:12 PM

I've got 15 (6 to 9 to 12 to 15) in a 29 with a crayfish for a tankmate. I tried corys, but they wouldn't have it. They had all 5 corralled inside a decoration as they circled above. A crayfish is the only think they'll tollerate, which they do begrudgingly. I had to put a special tube in the tank, buried at one end, so that the cray can eat in peace. Otherwise, they'll bite at his eyes, antanae and the swimmers under the tail to make him give up his food, despite having been fed already. If I were to drop a full grown guppy in the tank, they'll kill and eat it immediately. Now these are by far the most aggressive tiger barbs I've ever kept, and it goes to show you how temperments can vary. Also, just because it works out in the beginning does not mean it'll still be working several months later, after the fish grow and mature. Just be sure to have a backup plan.

adiumroot 12-11-2009 11:58 AM

Regarding the guppy, I witnessed a similar event.

I put in a juvenile platy (about an inch long) from my pond to see how the Tiger barbs would deal with it. I was expecting harassment, not all-out assault. They tore the poor platy apart. :(

jaysee 12-11-2009 12:08 PM

They are mini pirhanas. Any time I have people over they want to see the carnage.

rsheets 12-11-2009 11:03 PM

If you can find fish without fins, that would be good. Kidding.
My wife has glofish, serpe tetras, corys, look under my tanks and pull up my wifes 20gal you'll see what she has, but she does have nipped fins at times. She has increased the # to 6 TB's I hear they act better when in a larger group. ALso, I never knew that cory were schooling fish but sure enough they are. I bought 6 false julii corys and they all eat togeather as they go around the tank, pretty cool.

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