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Sarah - 2008-03-12
My mom and I have the hardest time trying to get these fish to live in our tank. We have bought 4 so far. We put 2 in our 35 gallon tank but they died within the week. When we got a 55 gallon tank, after the 8 weeks to get its bacteria right, mom went and got me 2 more sharks and they died within the day. I don't know what is wrong but the pet store (Petco) told us our water and nito are just right. Any idea why they would be dying, I really like the fish. I though they would be good with my gourami and mollys.


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  • kristofer - 2010-12-26
    I have one bala shark in a 10 gallon tank since they are a tropical fish they need heat between 75-78 degrees.
  • trey - 2011-01-04
    Stress you let the vibrations of the car or whatever you were in because I have some too.
  • bala buzzy - 2011-02-15
    When you buy new bala sharks don't let the pet shop sell you one that looks "tucked up" and skinny in the stomach area. Choose fish with a well rounded abdomen. We started keeping bala sharks a few years ago, and every time we bought a "skinny" fish it died within hours or days. When we bought fish with a rounded belly they have now grown to be about 6 inches long. You must let them acclimatise to your tank water temperature before just dumping them in when you get home too. Put a little of your aquarium water in the shop bag and float them on the top of your tank for a while.
  • yohseeme - 2011-10-31
    Oh that's good to know to get the fatty belly ones. My second silver shark just died after the first one, the water temp and ph were perfect....don't know the reason why...maybe stressed and didn't eat well...?
Beth Denniston - 2011-10-28
Hi! I just witnessed some bizarre behavior by my two balas. I am aware that breeding is almost impossible in an aquarium, but they looked attached to each other (they really weren't, swimming in circles together and rubbing each other constantly. It lasted about 10 minutes. Is this normal behavior or were they trying to breed? Thanks.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-28
    Sounds like they were trying to mate but it is said they need a lot of room to actually accomplish the feat. Here is a link balasharkmating that the owner feels is mating behavior. There are also other movies on u tube of bala shark mating behavior.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-28
    Hi this is a utube link which supposedly shows bala sharks mating behavior mating.
    or you can cut paste it
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monika - 2011-04-06
I also have what I believe is a red tail tin foil barb. it is now 5.5 inches in a 30 gallon tank. I got it when it was very small and had no idea how fast and how big they grew. When is the tank too small for this guy? i want him to be happy (although, he seems happy) anyone?

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  • Alex Burleson - 2011-10-09
    This species of fish can reach a size of 8 inches to a foot long. The best minimum aquarium size is 75 gallons. You could consider purchasing another aquarium, or re-homing your fish. Do understand, keeping the fish in a smaller aquarium could stunt your fish. A larger aquarium would make him/her happy!
  • John - 2011-10-09
    I'm no expert, but I think it's a matter of if your filter can cope with the waste which your fish produces. I used to lose fish when I used a small internal filter, but since buying a larger external filter have hardly lost any at all. Regularly changing some of the water in your tank is a must though.

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janelle - 2009-09-15
We have just purchased two Giant Danio's. After two days having them in our tank I have just found 1 of them floating yesterday and another floating today. The ph is 7.0. It's a Cold water tank and cleaned regularly. We are trying to find out what happened, as also they were healthy fish. We have others in there that are healthy also.

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  • Sailfin Molly - 2010-04-05
    From personal experience - my Danios love my wamer water temperature of 80.2F and do really well. Perhaps your tank was too cold for them.
  • Jeca - 2010-04-18
    Cold water tank huh? 70 degrees and higher for these fish. Does your cold water tank maintain a consistent temperature? That might have been your problem.
  • Sarah - 2011-09-12
    I had the same thing happen, I had to add aquarium salt and baking soda to my tank. It made an immediate difference. My fish had lost most of their color and were constantly moving their mouths before they passed away. I ended up with 2 of my 5. Find a test stip that does GH and KH to see if you need salt or baking soda.
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karen nott - 2009-04-14
I have a albino barb and a tiger barb in my tank, and up until recently, I had a red tailed shark, which I have had to remove because of constant nipping and chasing. My albino barb has been the only one that has been nipped, and as a result, has lost his lower finn and his lower tail. Does anyone know, or have advice about what we can do to help him recover back to normality, so to speak, as he is struggling to swim. Many Thanks.

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  • Kerem - 2010-05-17
    It might be PAINFUL for the poor thing treat it only if it didn't die ok thanks.
  • m freeman - 2010-06-08
    I too have the same problem at the moment I am using something called melafix antibaterial fish remedy and it does help them grow back their tails and fins.
  • Harrison Graydon - 2010-11-25
    You need, and I emphasize need, 5 or more tiger barbs in a tank, or else they will nip each other and other fish incessantly in the tank. I currently own 10, and it's worth it to own lots, as they are very interesting fish to own when in a large group, their behavior is very interesting.
  • Matt - 2011-01-06
    Personally I have an assortment of barbs in my tank such as the albino and the branded barb. The albino is not a very aggressive tiger barb and will not nip at fins etc. But the tiger barb will, personally the best you can you is either choose between a tank of tiger barbs or albino and a mixture with other fish but make sure they are similar to the barb family!
  • Michael Brown - 2011-08-21
    If you have 6 to 8 tigers they will not bother any other fish I have tigers with long finned fish and they don't bother them at all I hope this helps you.
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john-O - 2010-09-21
I have a tin foil barb that's about 8 months old and has been doing great, I have it in with another 4 year old tin foil barb 4 gold fish 2 pocsamis and a turtle. The last few days the smaller tin foil is not swimming right (it swims in circles head up.) It's having trouble swimming straight. Should I take it out and put it in it's own tank or what should I do please help? The tank is about 100 gl. And I have great filtration any thoughts or solutions would be great. Thanks john-O.

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  • michael Thatcher - 2010-09-22
    You should take him out and put him in another tank.
  • Clifton - 2011-08-13
    I would put him in a tank by himself untill he looks better.
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tropical man - 2010-01-21
Hi there, 1 of my green tiger barbs is acting strange. It keeps flapping round the tank like its in pain or something like that. Anyone got info on why its doing it? plzzz

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  • Genevieve - 2010-05-24
    Hi, mine is acting strange too since 2 days, it turns around itself and tries to hide into plants. I have 3 other tiger barbs and 3 tetra. I don't know what started it but one of its fin had been nibbled.
  • zwillieYEAH - 2010-10-14
    It happened to one of my tiger barbs before. If one of your tiger barbs is just staying in one place and wiggling it's fin every now and then and it's barely moving elsewhere in the tank then it's probably going to end up dead a couple days later. Chances are this usually happens in the first couple of weeks when raising tiger barbs and then rarer after that, the weaker ones usually die out first and the others survive. Your tiger barb most likely couldn't fit in with the rest of the pack and was left out, sometimes they will stop eating and starve to death. My recommendations are to keep the water quality as clean as possible and keep the temp between 72F - 82F if it is already not, and it may return to normal but those chances are very slim. Make sure you keep your school to at least 6 or more.
  • Craig - 2011-05-19
    Hi, I have a tiger barb who is doing the same thing, he swims around the tank always looking downwards and moves in a flicking motion. I jokingly say he has epilepsy. Does anyone know what this could be?
  • Mik507 - 2011-08-12
    Don't know maybe he's exploring if he's new
  • Mik507 - 2011-08-12
    Ya know Willie reminds me of my most favourite green tiger barb lasted for exactly a week. He died so fast, wonder how he's doing up there (Heaven)
Mik507 - 2011-08-12
I have a green tiger barb now. One died before this and I dont want to loose this one so then I was checking on him and his colour faded/changed so I was worried?? plz help

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-12
    If your fish is fading consensus seems to be the water condition, nitrates, stress or the age of the fish as they have a tendency to fade with age. Check the water - nitrates. The Tiger might be stressed just cuz of moving and will take time to adjust. It was also suggested to feed blood worms to bring out the more vivid coloring. It was also stated that low man on the totem pole is faded - again stress and not much you can do about that. Someone has to be top dog and someone has to be low dog. Way of the world. Most say condition of tank and water ----
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lola - 2010-08-02
I would definitely agree, that rather than being good community fish, they are a semi-aggressive, fast moving fish that can be kept with other fish if they are of a similar size and temperament. I would recommend keeping a school rather than just a couple, that way any aggression is spread out. I have six which are living very successfully and peacefully with the same number of giant danios. There is some chasing, but no fighting, and everyone's fins are intact. Mine have proved both hardy and fun and will eat from my hand.

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  • Frank - 2011-08-09
    I was thinking of adding a few to my American Datnoid, Black Diamond Cichlid, Parrot Cichlid, Polypterus bichirs, Redtail Shark. I'm guessing this will be OK? I want them more as a dither fish. Im kinda worried about my Ghost Knife tho since it's only 5 inches at the moment.
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DebbyB - 2011-08-08
I have 6 in my 30g-Long tank. It's planted with Amazon swords. They coexist with a beautiful blue betta and a snail. I agree that they are easy to care for. I'd like to pick up some more if I can find them. I stumbled upon these about three years ago. None have died at this point. They seem to be very vigorous fish.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-08
    Works for me - great glad

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