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Hi!

I have a 30 gallon bare-bottom fish tank. I was wondering if I can keep Platies and Tiger Barbs together in the same tank. I happened to have 2 Platies in the tank and introduced 2 Tiger Barbs today and they are so far doing fine. :)

I came back home and read on the internet that Tiger Barbs are semi-aggressive fish but if not kept in at least a group of 5-6 they become more fin-nipping in nature? So, in that case should I get another 4 of them tomorrow for my tank making it a group of 6 in total?

Also, can a couple of Red Cherry Shrimps stay in the same tank with these Barbs and Platies or will the Barbs kill it?

TIA
 

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lol barbs will eat them like snack lol not a very good idea.yes hey nip but smaller more cramp upped tanks with less hiding paces makes this behavior even more unacceptable.
 

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Have a read of the profile of the Tiger Barb, click on the shaded name or use the second tab from the left in the blue bar at the top for profiles. A group of 8 or more in a 30g would be ideal, but not with any other fish except some bottom fish that the barbs will basically ignore. Loaches (only the species that remain smallish, under 4 inches) also in a group of 5-6 are suitable. I would expect two TBs to harass the platys to destruction.
 

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If you keep tiger barbs in a large school (8+) they're fairly peaceful towards other fish. 30 gallons is probably a bit too small for that though.

I have never had a problem keeping them with adult platties like that. They are seriously nippy in small groups though.
 

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other fishes go ouch aren't you a pain in the tush lol
 

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i am no expert and am still learning however my 2 tiger barbs are peacefull never nip at other fish generally are not intereseted in the other fish spend there time chasing each other, however the tiger barbs i have are very small compared to other tiger barbs, they have not grown since i brought them, the fish shop told be they are they only tiger barbs they know off that are good community has the stand is special breed in a way that they dont grow passed 3.5cm. if i find out what they called i let you know. but again i have only had my tank 4 months am no expert at fish keeping
 

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Tapil THINK REAL HARD hahahahahahaha
 

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I agree with needing a group of Tiger Barbs. I have 9 and I have them in with a Gourami, Platies, 2 Guppies, a Rainbow shark and now, my Cories. Everyone is getting along without issue. The Barbs are fairly peaceful if kept in a group but only a few, will chase anything else in the tank. They also enjoy racing about the tank which can annoy the quieter fish.
 
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