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GODZALLA - 2007-04-08
once i had 130 tiger barbs mixed from the three kinds, but i made a killing mistake. the first day in my tank i gave them live food (worms) and the water color changed. it was my first time in barbs (tiger) so i though may be if i changed some of the water it woud be better, then i started to change it. then days after, every day there was dead tigers. not less than 5-8 a day every day until all the school was gone away. later i recognized that i should not have changed the water with new fresh water from the tap with chlorine! so take care people, the tiger barb is a very sensitive fish and very cute.

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  • Deborah DeRosa - 2010-08-22
    130 tiger barbs? I hope your tank was at least 200 gallons. Never put fish in a newly set up tank. It must be cycled first. Then you add fish slowly over a month. To put 130 tigers in and then stress them by changing the water, no wonder they all died. Learn from your errors. Read other people's mail and buy books.
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Holly - 2007-01-01
MY EXPERIENCE WITH SPAWNING THE ZEBRA DANIO: Hi..i bought 10 Zebra danios at walmart along with 2 giant danios less than a week ago. They are in a 55 gallon tank with plenty of water current from two power filters (aqua-tech and whisper) and an air pump(whisper) with an airstone and bubble wall. They are in there to help cycle the tank( you can cycle your tank three ways: chemical cycling, fishless cycling, and you can cycle with fish. I absolutely love my little danios! they are extemely playful even with the giant danios who are nearly twice their size! I have at least 4 females and i believe 6 males. Also when i brought them home I found out i had a little leopard danio mixed in with them. They sometimes pick on him it seems, but other than that they all get along just snazzy! And much to my excitement they spawned once already! On 12-30-06 and i bought them on 12-26-06, 4 days in the tank! The tank temperature is set on 80 or 81 (this is a tad high for this species of fish, but they all are happy and healthy). I also use about 1 rounded tablespoon of salt per 5 gallons of water and Novaqua. Some websites and books that I`ve read say unless its absolutely necessary, you should never add salt to freshwater aquariums. But salt helps fish in alot of different ways so i added it. When i purchsed my zebra`s from walmart they had some scales missing and a few scrapes due to the less than great conditions of the tanks and the fact that they were very over crowded (think 50 fish in a ten gallon). But within days the scales had grown back and the scrapes had completely healed up not to mention they felt so good they spawned!
Spawning activity usually occurs around daybreak first thing in the morning and mine lasted the rest of the day. Several males would eagerly follow the "chosen" female swimming very close beside her.(Not all of my females spawned and not all of them looked interested in spawning either even though their fellow tank mates surely were) Zebra danios will often choose mates and will usually only spawn with their mates. They do not however form the close bond that some other fish species do. Well the chosen male (usually chosen by the female or the only male with enough energy left to still chase the female) and the female would swim to the bottom of the tank around the base of some of the plastic plants or in a slight depression in the gravel..and then they would get very very close together and swim quickly in circles the female depositing her eggs and the male fertilizing them. I saw this happen many times in a single day. Fortunately( as i dont know what i would do with hundreds of babies!) they polished off all of their eggs. If i really wanted to raise zebra danios i would separate the sexes and condition them on live foods for several days in seperate tanks. Crank the heat up to atleast 80 degrees F and when the females are really plump, put the conditioned sexes together in a 10+ gallon aquarium with a bed of good sized marbles in the bottom. (Not to big or else the parents can get stuck trying to eat their young, but not too small because the eggs and fry then cant escape their parents). Add a sponge filter (sponge filters will grow rotifers that the fry can eat on their surface AND they wont suck up the fry OR cause turbulence in the water). Dont use sponge filters for anything other than breeding/fry tanks or hospital tanks because they tend to clog easily and just work better in those types of tanks were you cant use much else.
So, add a sponge filter and some live or plastic plants (If you use live plants it may up your chances of getting a good spawn. There are microscopic one-celled organisms(protozoa) that live in and around plants that your babies most likely will eat). You will need to either use brights lights on the tank for atleast 12 hours or use some very hardy low-light plants like java moss or java fern. Also you dont necessarily HAVE to use an aquarium. Those big clear plastic storage tubs you can buy at any dollar store or walmart will work just as well. just follow the same principles and make sure to rinse it out well before using it and punch some holes in the top for air. Add you male and female danios the night before you want them to spawn and feed them once before you turn their lights out.
Wake up the next morning and sit back and watch the action (hopefully)! After you see the spawning winding down or that afternoon remove the parents. To feed the fry you neednt go to extremes as you would with anabantids or other small fish species. Tiny micro-organisms (infusoria) arent really needed with egglayers like zebra danios as they are with most of the anabantids for a fry food. Most danio fry emerge large enough to eat finely crushed flake food or you could even try that commercial fry food(i've never tried it and i would be iffy about using it, just crush your flakes). Baby brine shrimp can also be fed but they arent necessary. Sit back and watch your babies grow!
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Hopefully this will work for you too! ^.^

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  • Kevin - 2010-08-15
    Hello Holly,
    Nice article, with my zebras spawning as you said they will spawn at daylight, after spawning i wait about 2 days than i will siphon the bottom of the tank into a white bowl, i will change about 2 gal of water every other day, every time i siphon i find about 10 fry in the siphon bowl, i than place them in a 2 gal tank with an air stone, i feed the fry wardly small fry liquid for a week than switch to frozen baby brine and the HBH baby bites, after about a month i have about 40 fry, i tranfer the bigger ones in a separate tank until big enough to put in fishtank, im still getting fry everytime i siphon tank, but be careful as they are so small you can overlook them, and repeat the growing cycle, this is working well for me
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stephen - 2010-07-13
So far I have 6 zebra danios. My 10g tank is about 1.5 months old right now. I have also put a live streaming webcam on them, check it out if you like!

http://www.stephencarr.net/fish_tank_web_cam.php

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jacob - 2010-07-10
Can I put a red belly pacu in with a tinfoil and a clown knife?

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Quint - 2010-06-28
They are excellent community fish. I have 8 in my 20 gallon tank along with 12 Zebra Danios, 3 African Butterflyfish, 2 Cobalt Blue dwarf Gouramis, 1 Red-tailed Black Shark, and 1 Siamese Algae Eater. I have seen my rasboras doing the spawning embrace underneath my Amazon sword and Lily Pads. I feed mine brine shrimp, bloodworms, and flake food. Once again, they are excellent community fish, and they school with my zebra danios. I have never seen my zebra danios and my harlequins in 2 separate schools.

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Harvey - 2010-03-12
I had a red tail barb for almost nine years, he was 8 inches long, and he died yesterday. Unfortunately I assumed it was old age, but two cichlids in the tank died shortly thereafter, one covered in what I think is anchor worms. It sort of hit the tank out of nowhere, the tank is in my dining room highly visible we are always looking at it. I am off to the fish store to try and buy some medicine, but nothing can replace the loss of a nine year old fish. ( PS his name was Gilbert) yes we name our fish.

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  • Jc - 2010-06-21
    Nine years, that's awesome! I am sorry your pal had to go.
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Eoin - 2006-05-18
I have a pair of Balas in my tank, which is not large(only 2ft by 1 ft by 1.5 ft). the tank is decorated in the style of a stream with the filter set to provide a constant current, rocks to swim around and plenty of pondweed floating at the top. i have heard that they never breed in captivity(unless its done professionally), however the female is laying a lot of eggs in the weed. They eat almost anything (but do not eat pellets unless there is no other food in the tank) and particurly love daphnia. the egg layer is not large, she is only around 4 inches long and quite slim. it is almost impossible to sex them so i will be adding a few more of similar size to the tank in the hopes that one is a fertile male.
keep your eyes posted on this notice, because if i get a load of little babies, i will post all of the details of their tank conditions in the hopes that we can haave a few more successes in the future.

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  • no expert - 2010-03-07
    Nice to hear that you sharks are breeding, it may have been pregnant when you bought it though. But I think that u should reconsider buying more in a 2ft tank as silver sharks can grow quite large and will out grow that tank in no time
  • Tim - 2010-06-01
    I'm seriously thinking about getting a school of these sharks and breeding them. As I plan to do with many species for profit. I'd love to know if your success was brought to fruition. I really loved the balas but as you know local petstore clerks know as much as I did when I said "Hey I'd like to have some fish". I want to try the rainbow sharks as well. Instead of hurting the population I'd like to relieve it a little maybe. Hope all goes well I read and read that they are hard to spawn. Good luck let us all know!
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rakesh vaghela - 2010-02-18
i bought a few days ago, three tiger barb, but they fight with one another, and the biggest of them, he tries to kill the small barb. So what can I do for this suggestion, can they kill each other always? PLS help me about this fish

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  • Sandra - 2010-02-28
    Keep the tiger barbs in a school of six in a 20 gallon tank and they will school together and will be fine. Also the decoration you put in your tank make sure that it has no small holes because they are very curious fish and will try to go thu the smallest holes and get stuck. I had two of my tiger barbs to do that and one live but the other died. He was too big for me to get him out. So be careful what you put in your fish tank. They do love greenry in the tank so they can hide when they want to.
  • tEh AzN - 2010-03-23
    3 barbs are actually not enough to keep them from bullying each other. Some people recommend having at least 6. The rule of thumb is 1 inch of fish for every gallon of water your tank can hold so if you can, I recommend adding more tiger barbs (. Remember they grow to about 3" so don't get 6 barbs while they're at 1 inch). It also helps if they are all the same size.
  • Porter - 2010-06-01
    You need more barbs...if you don't have at least 5, they will constantly attack each other and other fish in the tank. With more they won't have enough time to focus on attacking one fish because there will be too many other barbs that will serve as distractions. You will have about a month long streak where they will attack each other and other fish, until they figure out their own pecking order, then they are quite civil and fun to watch.
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anna - 2010-05-17
How long do tinfoil barbs live for?

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Rick - 2010-05-15
I used to have 3 of these in a 125 gallon tank along with Silver Dollars, Flagfish, a Blue Severum, and rainbow fish. 2 passed on, but the one(wht. w/ orange smiley face pattern on face) lived very hardy. It grew to at least 10 inches. Yes, 10 inches. A lot of character and held his own. Called him "Mr.Ed". Fed him spir.duraflakes, mainly to all fish, and occasionally treats like bloodworm, and other little goodies.

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