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Old 03-12-2008, 11:15 PM   #11
 
These Tiger Barbs are getting on my last nerve. One chases everyone other Tiger Barb, and is now gonig after my Platies AND Eel. I have had my orginal 8 barbs go down to 5 now because of their aggresion. There is no way I can stop it. If I add more, they attack the new barbs, and if I take the most dominate male out, another one steps up and kills everyone. I am sick and tired of this. I had like 3 barbs who I loved and would eat out of my hand, but now that is only one. I want to take that one out and keep him in my 5G, but fortunately, he is staying healthy (and is quick). There is almost no way of catching the other barbs without completely tearing apart the tank. There is no way I am going to be adding Tiger Barbs again in the future. I hate to see all of my barbs being harassed like this, but if I take them out, I can't do anything. Help, please.
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Old 03-13-2008, 04:22 PM   #12
 
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hay cody,
sorry things sound like they are no better. :(
jmho but if it were me,i would take the tank apart to collect the
remaining barbs,and take them to the LFS and ask them to take the fish
for you,swap them for something else,and go back to a peaceful time.
looks like you will just continue to be unhappy otherwise.
:(
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Old 03-13-2008, 05:04 PM   #13
 
I think I will have to end up doing that. I came home from school today, and another barb was flotaing upside down in a corner, still breathing though. He is in QT now. This happened to 3 of my other barbs, and no one survived. :( I am going to the LFS on saturday, so I will have to get them out then.

I think I will have a RTBS, my Peacock Eel, and a Convict or Two. Does that sound okay?
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Old 03-13-2008, 05:09 PM   #14
 
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hopefully someone will help with this choice cody,
i'm no good with compatibility,sorry.
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Old 03-14-2008, 02:14 PM   #15
 
Its ok.

Well, this morning I took out all of my driftwood and fished out my 5 barbs after a good amount of time. They were very fast. Now, they are in individual containers (about 1-2 gallons each) for the time being.
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Old 03-17-2008, 05:41 PM   #16
 
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wow, this is a sad story. tiger barbs are my favorite little fish, i've kept them for years. occassionally, they just don't work out though. large numbers usually helps, but i certainly understand you not wanting to try it anymore.
just a note on tiger barbs though, they will pick on new tank mates for a few days, but its to establish their "pecking order". they have an extensive social network, and there is usually one boistrous male trying to be in charge, probably the one doing all the chasing.
moving decor around the tank and turning the light out when you intro new fish will help decrease aggression in the future.
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Old 04-11-2008, 07:15 PM   #17
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sick tiger barb?

Hey, I have a ten gallon tank that I just got to start a hobby. (fish are the only pets allowed in my dorm room). But it seems like I'm a fish- killer! I have an assortment, and have been adding slowly. I've just added 2 tiger barbs (one's an albino). The smaller tiger barb (go figure) has been chasing the albino around incessantly, but i figured they'd work it out. eventually the albino kind of gave up and just sat while the little one nudged it around and circled it, but it looked almost playful, and i thought it might be a courtship ritual thing. but now the poor albino is floating upsidedown at the bottom and seems very week. i put him in the net and put some food in there, but he wont eat or swim upright. what can i do? is it stress? swim bladder? can i save him?
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Old 04-11-2008, 09:34 PM   #18
 
Re: sick tiger barb?

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Hey, I have a ten gallon tank that I just got to start a hobby. (fish are the only pets allowed in my dorm room). But it seems like I'm a fish- killer! I have an assortment, and have been adding slowly. I've just added 2 tiger barbs (one's an albino). The smaller tiger barb (go figure) has been chasing the albino around incessantly, but i figured they'd work it out. eventually the albino kind of gave up and just sat while the little one nudged it around and circled it, but it looked almost playful, and i thought it might be a courtship ritual thing. but now the poor albino is floating upsidedown at the bottom and seems very week. i put him in the net and put some food in there, but he wont eat or swim upright. what can i do? is it stress? swim bladder? can i save him?
4 of my barbs did that same thing. I tried to save all 4, and all 4 died within 8 hours, if not 4 hours after I tried to save them.

Having 2 barbs is very bad, you need at least 7.

I would try to help the barb with Melafix and conditioning salt. I found that calmed the fish down the most.
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Old 04-14-2008, 09:55 PM   #19
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barb died

Thanks for the tip. I had no idea i needed more than one tiger barb, i bought two so they'd have some company and not gang up on the others. my albino died a couple hours later. So i still have one barb hanging out in there, and he seems to be doing ok. Is that normal or will he eventually attack my other fish?
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