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We have 2 tiger barbs in a freshwater aquarium with other fish. We think they have babies, but aren't sure. One of them like guards the other one that is inside of a hiding place, we can't see inside.Do they protect their young that way?
 

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No they are egg scatters... it sounds to me like its territorial aggression, which is probably due to only having a pair. In larger numbers, they tend not to pick out a single fish (like pairs or trios) so if you have more room in the tank, consider getting 4-5 (plus! They do great in schools above 20 individuals) to ease the aggression on the victim.

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Agreed 100%


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Edit. I meant 10 not 20! But 20 individuals would be an impressive sight and even better than 10!

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