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Nate - 2010-06-19
Hi I'm keeping 6x Neon RosyBarb(F),2x Fancy Guppys(M),3x Molly(F)+20ish fry (not sure if there crossed with guppy or she came preg), 5x NeonTetra(M/F) a butterfly pleco and 2x Siamese algae eaters in a 60L Biorb. They all seem to get along but the guppys do get abit of abuse off other tankmates. What fish would it be wise to add to my collection? I do not wish to home Platys or Swordtails but I would like some very colourful fish, also I am willing to re home my guppy if needed.

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  • Anonymous - 2011-01-14
    This tank is well overcrowded already!!!
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wendycats2003 - 2009-09-29
Hi, I have 11 bala sharks and they are doing really well, even the youngsters are growing. My question is, how long are they pregnant for, as I cant seem to get any answers. In my local pet shops, you can buy them on a regular basis. I go to a person who knows his tropical/cold/marine fish very well. Some pet shops will just sell you anything, but after contacting the right people I now know who to go to.

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  • Carol - 2011-01-02
    I hope you have a fish tank as big as sea worlds if you have 11 of them. They are wonderful fish but not for most home fish tanks due to their size. A tank of 12" fish had better be a super-sized one.

    They do not breed in captivity.
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Min Thu Aung - 2010-09-16
Tiger barbs are good to keep them in warm weather because cold weather make them get white spotted . Don't worry, put them in a strong concentrated tank of salt for 5 minutes. White spots are surely disappeared in next morning. Thanks a lot.

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  • Lexi - 2010-12-28
    Do you mean ich white spots, or another kind? Please explain.
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Robin - 2010-04-06
I have a three gallon tank with two Tiger barbs. They seemed to be bored until I put a large mirror next to their tank, now they seem happy. Recently I noticed that the bigger barb's nose was reddening while the smaller is not. I am thinking this is the sign of reproduction (as stated in the 'about' section). Should I separate the two?

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-04-09
    "The females are larger with a rounder belly and a mainly black dorsal fin while the males have a bright, red nose with a distinct red line above the black on their dorsal fin." From Wikipedia

    And this: "During the courting period, the male will chase the females. When a female Tiger Barb starts releasing her eggs at the spawning site the male will follow her and leave a trail of sperm in the water." (http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/breeding/tigerbarbs.php)
  • Lexi - 2010-12-28
    The one with the red nose is probably just maturing, since when you buy them from pet stores they usually are juvenile. You could separate them for 3 or 4 days, put them back together and maybe see some spawning though!
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Model - 2010-11-27
Okay, so I was a little ditzy, and I bought 2 CAE, and put them in with my 2 goldfish in my 10 gallon tank. Both my goldfish know how to hold their own, and one of them I have had for 5 1/2 years. They have lived through a lot, but from what I am hearing, I am worried that they might get killed or something by my CAEs. Will that happen? Are my goldfish safe?

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  • Jenifer - 2010-12-10
    I would say they are not safe. I had one in my tank with two Black moors. Needless to say I had to put the CAE by himself because he was eating the scales off my moors and caused one of the eyes of my moor to be "pop-eye". Apparently slower swimming fish do not do well with CAE because when the CAE defends its territory, the slower swimming fish cannot get away fast enough. So if your CAE minds his own business then you should be good, but if starts chasing your other fish them ground him like I did. (I grounded him to a fish bowl until I find someone who wants him).
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Crazy Fish Lady - 2010-10-08
I originally had three CAEs under the idea that they would eat all of the algae in my cichlid tank (Jack Dempseys) and trusted my cichlids to not eat them because of their extreme lack of aggression. One did not make it, for unknown reasons after a few days of being home from the pet store, but the other became very healthy and active and would play together almost constantly. They shared a cave with each other and with either of my cichlids when they would let them. I transferred them into a tank of shubunkins and comets to rid that tank of some algae problems and they were about 4-5 inches at that point. I never saw them show any aggression to them or even to my african dwarf frog. If anything, they were scared to death of the frog. They were eventually killed by a parasite infection about a month ago. I do know that these were CAE and not SAE, but I guess I have had a problem getting actual aggressive fish. Even my cichlids that I have had showed very little aggression unless provoked.

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  • Crazy Available Fish Woman - 2010-11-27
    Love the name, Crazy Fish Lady. I know what you mean!
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Jessie - 2007-12-05
I have found much to my amusement that barbs 'bow' to the most dominant. The smaller barbs will tip slightly to their side whenever the top fish swims past them. This is probably because by tipping they are protecting their fins from being nipped by the agressive one, but it still looks funny.

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  • Richard - 2010-11-24
    My Barbs "tip" also. After rough-housing for awhile they all tend to squirrel-up in a corner behind some plants and do the nose dive/tip and just hover there motionless. Kinda cool! Gives every one else in the tank a chance to run around and play.
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Anonymous - 2010-03-06
How much do you have to feed them per day ?

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  • Sean - 2010-11-21
    A lot, if you don't feed them enough they will defend any available food on the bottom of the tank and kill any weak counterparts for food, which I have noticed by losing a fish per weekend we have been away.
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Sean - 2010-11-21
I HAD 5 Zebras, yes they are flashy, energetic, and fun to watch. I recently read a comment about them killing neon tetras and didn't believe it. The last 3 weekends we have been staying away for a night and each Saturday we returned home I had a dead fish. The first being a danio, the second being another danio, and this last saturday, my biggest female neon.I noticed that the Zebras are VERY aggressive feeders and they consume more than any of the other species in my tank. I have concluded while we were away everyone was picking the bottom of the tank and the Zebra's survival instincts said to defend any available food. Keep your Zebras fed, fish-heads!

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spencer - 2010-11-20
The best tankmates for tiger barbs are clown loaches and panda corydoras as these three might shoal together but clown loaches are prone to ich and panda corys are very weak fishes when come to water changes so it is best to keep tiger barbs together with clown loaches just like what I did. I originally had 5 clown loaches with 4 tiger barbs and 2 bala sharks but now I have 6 clown loaches and 6 tiger barbs in which 2 are albino along with 3 bala sharks.

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