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  • Dustine Bottoms
    Well, let me tell you what I have in this 30 gallon and find out wheter or not I can add 3 more. 1-pleco, 1-angel, 1-blue gourami, 2-giant danios, 2-red
    Message 1 of 5 , Jun 19, 2005
      Well, let me tell you what I have in this 30 gallon and find out wheter or
      not I can add 3 more. 1-pleco, 1-angel, 1-blue gourami, 2-giant danios,
      2-red swordtails, 3-black skirted tetras, and 3 albino tiger barbs. What do
      you think? And by the way, thanks for the great info!

      Dusty
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Patrick A. Timlin" <ptimlin@...>
      To: <freshwateraquariums@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Sunday, June 19, 2005 12:10 PM
      Subject: Re: [Freshwater Aquariums] New member intro...


      > --- Dustine Bottoms <DustineBottoms@...> wrote:
      > > One of [the tiger barbs] was looking kind of "fat" or "full".
      > > At first I thought bloat.
      > > Then I thought that since the other two have bright orange
      > > noses and this one doesn't that she could be pregnant.
      > > She wasn't eating for about 72 hours and would just hover
      > > in one corner with the other two behind, which
      > > she still occasionally does. However, she is looking a little
      > > better and eating and defacating again. I have a before
      > > picture of it when it was huge and can take an after.
      >
      > Sounds like it is ok. May have been full of eggs and has since put
      > them out as a feast for the other fish. Or it might have been
      > constipation.
      >
      > As far as hanging out by itself, Tiger Barbs really do best in larger
      > groups, say a good half dozen as a start. They definitely establish a
      > dominant chain of command with one being the big guy who picks on
      > anyone and everyone and no one picks on it. Which is why you need a
      > group so that aggression spreads out. After the big one, you will
      > have a 2nd, a 3rd, etc. What might be happening is the big one picks
      > on #2, and the hovering one, while #2 picks on the hovering one.
      >
      > So as you can see, the #3 gets picked on by everyone where as #2 only
      > gets picked on half the time, so #3 has to hide while #2 can be out
      > and about more. Assuming #3 is not sick or anything, adding another
      > trio of Tiger Barbs would probably go a long way to having them all
      > out, since even the meekest of the group would not be targeted 100%
      > of the time. This is just the way Tiger Barbs are. In huge schools,
      > this obviously is not a problem, but when you have only a couple/few,
      > certain individuals suffer greatly.
      >
      > Patrick Timlin
      > http://www.geocities.com/ptimlin/
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