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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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Emily H - 2010-05-15
I have four of them and they are great. They are very active and fun to watch. They are not too aggressive either. I keep them in my 10 gallon tank with a bronze corydora and a spotted corydora.

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MaKeITs - 2010-05-07
My Tiger Barbs (10) are doing great! They're really active and they're not nibbling that much now.

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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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