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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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Kyle - 2010-02-21
I have 4 of tiger barbs in my 30g tank. They are very lively and fun to watch. One thing I have noticed about tiger barbs is how fast they grow. I initially bought 5 from the store when they were the size of a dime. Now they are all at 3" long and are very full bodied. My other one, in case you're wondering, jumped out of the tank after a week. I keep my tiger barbs with 2 kribensis, a flying fox, 3 orange serpae tetras, and an upside down catfish. Everyone gets along great. I would recommend tiger barbs for anyone interested in keeping a fun and lively fish.

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Lady - 2010-02-19
SAE's and CAE's are not the same.
SAE's are Crossocheilus siamensis and CAE's are Gyrinocheilus aymonieri.

CAE become very aggressive and lazy. SAE's is what you want to eat blackbeard algae and other stubborn algaes. Beware of buying the false Siamese. Look for the black strip to run the full length of the tail on the true Siamese. The false Siamese black strip ends where the tail begans.

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-02-19
    Great information. People often confuse these two fish. We hope that by reading the description of these two different species (under the distribution section), people will understand the differences and get the one they want. This comment should also help!
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Abi Sufian - 2009-02-01
I love to keep these cute little Tinfoil Barbs. I have 5 of them and I feed powder baby fish food. I mix them with Ghost Shrimp. Sometimes they try to eat one of the Ghost Shrimp but it's mouth is very small. I love to watch themto swimming around and I hope they grow and grow in adulthood.

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  • laura - 2010-02-18
    I feed my tin foil barbs mealworms. They will grow really big. I have 3, they are about 11 in. long, 5years old.
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Mike - 2010-01-14
I just bought 10 of these guys from my favorite local fish store, only 8.99 for all 10! Plus I love these little guys! I added them into my 55g tank which already has 3 red minor tetra, 3 black platinum tetra, a PowderBlue Dwarf Gourami and a Dwarf Red Gourami, and catfish. I wanted a smaller type of fish to inhabit the open water areas of my tank near the top. Perticularly on that would school. And these guys fit the bill! My tank is still young so I wanted a hardy choice also. The school really well and are fun to watch. Very fast and they like the current. Sometimes even swimming right thru the filter output. Be sure to cover your tank because these guys like to jump and are quick. I was worried about my tetras nipping or even eating the smaller danios but no problems yet. One thing I noticed is that the introduction of the 10 danios has seemed to send my Gouramis into hiding. Even more than before. But we'll see! I'd say all in all a great choice for any community tank!

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  • Shawna - 2010-05-08
    Hey Mike, I have two danios and I love them. I can't find anywhere that tells HOW OFTEN to feed them. Can you let me know? Thanks! Shawna
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kyle - 2010-01-12
You can absolutely not put any barbs with goldfish. Goldfish should only be kept with other goldfish.

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yanel - 2010-01-02
Hi, I just bought 3 rosy long finned barbs and 2 gold ones. I have 2- questions: The gold ones have fat bellies they look like their pregnant! How do I know what they look like when there pregnant? And the other question is, can I have them with discus fish?, because they seem to be a little aggressive especially at feeding time?

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fish boy - 2009-12-30
I have 3 of these little fish in my 10 gallon aquarium. They are very active and school with all of my other fish. I highly recommend these guys.

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