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Francesco - 2010-05-06
i have two bala sharks one angel 2 mollies 2 elephant fish 3 different cats one pleto and 2 long-fin goldfish, im a beginner at this, the tank has roughly 20 plants inside and its a meter long, there are'nt really any fish that swim around the top parts of the tank except the mollies so I'm looking to get a few small schooling fish, so far zebras look like the best option, I'm just worried about the temperature of the tank which is usually 26-27 degrees cel. Will they survive and will they be too fast for my other fish like the elephant fish.

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ISRW - 2010-04-20
My small batch of giant danios has seemingly adjusted well to a vertical 33-gallon tank, despite not having as much room to school side to side as they'd ideally like. The tank is a little warm for their tastes by the range listed here, more like 80 degrees F than 75, but they remain active and engaging and have shown no health problems.

These really are among the most engaging truly peaceful fish I've kept. They immediately learned to react when I'm near the aquarium lid, and their eating is a little feeding frenzy of darting bodies hitting the surface. Despite the constant active swimming, they've never shown any obnoxious interest in the fins or movements of anyone else; Gouramis, for example, don't get their feelers nipped.

In general, for me these have been easy to care for and quite enjoyable fish. They're beautiful, and also inexpensive.

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prachit - 2010-01-12
Can I put green tiger barb with my goldfish, plz give me information about this.

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  • Linda - 2010-03-12
    I have 3 tiger barbs in with a variety of fish including 2 goldfish. The tiger barbs have not hurt or nipped any of the fish in the tank, they seem happy just to school together. I have a peaceful tank, so sometimes it does work out okay with tiger barbs and other fish in the tank with them including goldfish.
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ben - 2009-01-28
Zebra Danios are beautiful little fish. I had 5 of them. They where really active and lasted about 2 years, but they were fully or near fully grown when I got them. Recommend them for anyone.

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  • charley - 2010-03-08
    one of my zebra danios died
  • Anonymous - 2010-04-20
    If you're a fan of zebra fish than try a glofish they are zebra danios but they glow under a blue wavelength light.
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Heather - 2010-03-06
I have a rosy barb and a neon rosy barb. Beautiful fish and fascinating! I am going to get more but I keep them with an oscar and two plecostamuses and I was wondering if I could keep tetras and/or cichlids with them also?

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Jay - 2010-03-05
We have 2 red-tail tinfoil barbs in our 75 gallon tank, along with several other species that all get along great. One of the barbs seems to swim back and forth incessantly, which tends to drive some of the others crazy...is this a normal behavior? Thanks so much!

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Mike Fitz - 2008-09-16
I have had a tinfoil barb for about a year now, it all started as a one gallon tank for my son. This fish has been through a lot and he survived. So in light of that I decided to take this on as a hobby, I bought a tiger oscar and a 15 gallon tank. Everything was fine as soon as the oscar established dominance,lol. But heres my problem, recently I decided to add a sucker fish to help me maintain the tank. A day or two after introducing the sucker fish to the tank (I kept a close eye on the tank because of the nature of the oscar) I noticed that the tinfoil barb was badly beating and biting the sucker fish (which is bigger than him). I guess my question is what do I do? My email is emoneysboy@yahoo.com. If you have any info you might think to be helpful, I would be so grateful. thanks Mike

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  • Katie - 2010-03-05
    You need to upgrade to a larger tank. That is way too small of a tank for those fish. You need a minimum of a 48 gallon tank. This will give the fish room to continue growing and decrease the aggression. Depending on the type of "suckerfish" you have, you may need an even bigger tank than this (possibly up to 240 gallons for the largest of plecostomus).
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Laur - 2009-01-04
I bought my first barb fish last night. I bought one tinfoil barb. He seems to stick to the bottom of the aquarium and isn't as social as my other two (green tiger barb and tiger barb) fish. Should I be worried about him? I've been really protective over him since I noticed.

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  • Katie - 2010-03-05
    One, he is probably stressed. Two, he won't school with the other barbs as he will become a much larger barb at 14 inches! You should really get at least one other tiger barb and two more tinfoils. However, you will need a minimum of a 48 gallon tank for this amount of fish.
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zack - 2010-02-26
I've had my tinfoil barbs for at least 3 years... I have 2 of them. One of them is 8in. long. The other is 7in. They have always scraped up against the bottom of the tank... I always thought they were just dumb as a door nob... A week ago the smaller one started to swim straight up in one place. It has bloody gills, a chewed up lip, and some white stuff on its tail. The medicine to cure it would cost $40. 1 dose each day for 4 days.(we have a 75 gallon tank) I don't want to spend the money to cure it. I also don't want the disease to spread throughout the tank and kill the rest of the fish...(killing it is not an option!) Is there a cure for this that might cost less?

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  • Katie - 2010-03-05
    If you separate him into a smaller isolation tank, the medication will last longer and cost you less. But, no, there's not really anything else to treat fish illness than some type of fish medication. (*Some people just raise the temperature of their aquarium to treat Ich, but this doesn't sound like what you have.)
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Joy - 2010-03-02
After a battle with ICK my group of 8 tiger barbs are down to only 4. After the white spots disappeared they seemed normal again, but over the last couple days those 4 seem to always hide behind the plants (artificial) and beside the rocks. They rarely come out anymore. Your thoughts?

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  • tEh AzN - 2010-03-23
    My guess is that they don't feel safe. This can be because their numbers are cut in half and/or because they don't have enough cover. Improper lighting habits can add to this. Best thing to do (in my own humble opinion) is if you want to restock your population, buy 4 more tiger barbs when you're about to do a water change, take the surviving tiger barbs out of the tank, change how decorations are set up in the tank (add more decorations or at least move the ones you have around) so that there is no bullying due to " we were here first!" attitudes. Put everyone back in after acclimating the temperature and keep the lights off until the next day (. Best to do this in the evening) Good Luck!
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