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vinoth1465 09-28-2007 08:46 AM

tiger barb breeding

i have 5 tiger barbs in my community tank... one of them has their belly swollen... does that mean, its ready to spawn or scatter eggs...

they are around inch and a half long...

what to do? should i seperate it...

please help... they are in a 10 gallon tank.

tank mates:

1 female betta
3 white tetras
1 crayfish
4 other tiger barbs

willow 09-28-2007 10:14 AM

hello there,and welcome.
i shall try and be as helpfull as i can,although
you may find some of this information a little negative.
ok, in the experiance(sp) i have with my Tbarbs,
the male will have a lovely bright red nose,the females are
more pale.The male will chase the feamale until she is in a bunch
of plants,usually the Villas,i don't get too close so do not see eggs,
however the male should fertlise the eggs as soon as they drop.
then they will move on to the next lot of plants,as soon
as she stopped he ususlly swims off,so i guess they have finished.
the eggs will drop into the gravel,the other way i know they have spawned is because there will be a crowd of fish arond that spot
all scrambling around in the gravel,scoffing the eggs.
i have no intention of breeding them,if it happens,it happens.
A 10 glln tank IMHO is a bit small,as these are active fish,and do best in a large group,also you have a Betta in with barbs,you may be lucky,but be aware this can go wrong.
i hope i have been a little help to you, :)

vinoth1465 09-28-2007 01:37 PM

thanks for the info...

ok now i am afraid... cause i dont see anyother fish chasing this barb... he/she is all by itself...

its healthy, cause the red color in the tail is bright...

also, the betta and the barbs are cool with each other... i had a male betta, and the barbs chased him aggresively... i have him seperate...

since i introduced the female betta, none barbs has ever even thought about chasing her...

willow 09-28-2007 02:32 PM

how red is the nose compaired to the others ?
oh,hang on just thought of something...............
do the scales look like they are poking out like a pine cone,
you can see this if you look at the fish from above ?

vinoth1465 09-28-2007 10:21 PM

the color looks normal... no change in color... light pinkish color, similar to others.

i checked from all angles, nothing specific in skin structure...

now the fish seems ok... the bloating is still visible, but does not stay in that spot for long... goes for a spin or two around the tank every now and then and comes back to that position.

thanks for the help... its all an exciting experience with fish...

willow 09-29-2007 03:09 AM

you could always put some shelled peas in
the tank,just defrost the peas in some warm water
gentaly squeeze them till the pea comes out of the shell
then add to the tank,
what do you feed them by the way ?

vinoth1465 09-29-2007 11:11 AM

ok i will try that... what with peas anyway... i actually heard the same thing from someone else...

i am feeding them mixed flakes made by LFS and betta pellets.... and once a week - dried worms.

i didnt feed them last night, as i usually do... i checked this morning, and the bloating has subsided, but very little...

i will try the peas and will update.

willow 09-30-2007 02:32 AM

do you feed them any live or frozen food ?

vinoth1465 09-30-2007 04:07 PM

no, nothing live or frozen... everything is dry that i feed them.

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