Re: [Freshwater Aquariums] New member intro...
- 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!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Patrick A. Timlin" <ptimlin@...>
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
> 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
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