I went to walmart today and saw two tiger barbs by themselves in a tank. I decided to purchase them and bring them home. They're swimming around in a five gallon temp tank right now, until I go out and purchase their permanent tank. I wanted to get some basic info on them- like, what do they eat? What kind of tank is ideal for them? Do I need a heater? I take care of bettas and these are my first nonbetta fish. Do I need to buy more of them to spread out the aggression, or are they okay by themselves? What kind of companions could I get them? I'm thinking of buying a 20gallon for them right now. I've read some articles online, but I tend to trust the opinions of users on this site and bettafish.com. So what do you think?
Your questions are covered in our profile. Fish profiles are under the second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top. If the name is used the same in posts as it appears in the profile it will shade, example Tiger Barb, and you can click on that for the profile.
One should never buy any fish until you have fully researched it. You have just acquired some trouble, as the profile will explain.
thank you! this is my first time on this website (as opposed to bettafish.com) so i appreciate the help in navigation.
yes, i understand, but i feel confident that i am prepared for a different species. it was definitely spur of the moment but i have the resources to care for them.
the profile is very informative! though i'm not certain what trouble you're talking about?
i'm not planning on putting them in with the bettas, if that's what you mean. xD
This is understandable. I figured "fin nippers" meant aggressive. Hopefully they'll remain calm until I get their tank in the next day or two.. they're pretty relaxed right now, or so far. They gobbled up the bloodworms I gave them and I made sure they have plenty of places to hide in their temporary tank. I have a sorority so I'm familiar with aggression. It's a shame Walmart only had the two of them in such a tiny tank by themselves, no plants or anything to hide in.
I read they are hardy fish... so, will they be all right when I get their tank and filter while the cycle begins? I'd rather have the tank cycled before I introduce them but at the same time I don't want them eating each others' faces.
If this isn't feasible, seeding the new tank has to be done if fish are going in. Filter media from an established tank, some of the substrate, decor like bits of wood and rock--all these will carry nitrifying bacteria. A good bac terial supplement will also help; Tetra's SafeStart or Seachem's Stability work.
You can read about cycling here:
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