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Rick - 2009-07-22
A minimum number of Giant Danios is five. I have about 18 in a 50 gal tank. You need a small school, and then they won't bother other fish.

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Mastermind - 2009-07-08
I had 1 tiger barb and two albino barbs. I had them for 2 weeks and after sometime
the albinos killed my tiger barb. On the next day one of my albino nipped the fins of
other and killed him. So, I experienced that always you should have the knowledge of
fish you are keeping. Good Luck!

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steve - 2009-07-02
It pays to study on this species before buying. I had 5 barbs (3 tiger and 2 albino) in a 40 gallon tank with a red tail shark and a rainbow shark. They did not come to agreement on which was dominant (possibly because of the large tank size) and now I currently have 1 tiger barb. When my dominant tiger barb killed the others I realized that the faster sharks didn't get bothered so I replaced them with other species. I found clown loaches to be an excellent companion to the barb and my 2 loaches have thrived (they do not appear to be aggressive but really control the tank). In addition I added 2 silver dollars which have become very large and the 1 tiger barb cannot "bully" them as a single barb. The loaches actually have to keep the silver dollars in check which I didn't believe at first to be an aggressive species. I now have a 40 gallon tank that seems in harmony with its 9 residents including 2 algae eaters. Having lots of vegetation and some rocky hiding places also helps and they have all found their areas. I do not believe that a larger school of barbs is the answer. I like 1 with the 2 loaches and it has been stable for about 1 year.

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<3 - 2009-06-20
I had 4 tiger barbs in one 4 gallon tank, and they took a few days of fighting to establish a pecking order. I had those 4 for about 6 months, when one died, and I replaced him with a slightly larger albino barb, because whenever you introduce a new fish on its own, it should be bigger, or the barbs you already have will gang up and attack it. The 3 regular barbs would swim curiously around the new fish for a few days, not nipping, and very cautious, and then they became a pack. They are all every healthy and happy together in a pack. I would not add more than four fish in the 4 gallon tank, otherwise they will get very crowded, and get sick.

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ANGELBABE420 - 2009-06-09
Awesome fish but be careful, they do play dead!!

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eric - 2009-05-25
I work in a pet store and currently we have one CAE that someone bought into us because it was to aggressive for their tank. He is about 8 inches long and is currently housed in a tank with a few piranha and is doing fine. At first he used to actually chase the piranha, but now both have settled down and he stays in a cave mostly. This fish is NOT for a community tank.

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Samantha - 2009-03-26
I have never had a Bala shark. I am just doing research on it and I am not havng to much luck. I was hoping to find something in here. I still intend to look around here, and find something. Well I have to go and I also hope that I have more luck.

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Shawnee - 2009-03-20
We have a CAE that has grown to about 4-5 inches. In the last two months 4 of our smaller fish (1/4-3/4 inch) have simply disappeared in the tank. Over night last night, 3 more went missing. We have emptied the fish tank, and cleaned it, and the missing fish are nowhere to be found. The CEA is the only aggressive fish in our tank, and I think most likely ate the missing fish.

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Anonymous - 2009-03-10
I have a Tiger Barb named Stripes in my 10 gallon tank and he's mean! I had a clown loach and he chased him nonstop till he got Ich and I had to flush him. But today he killed my Angelfish that I got 2 days ago. I wouldn't buy these fish even in groups, they're mean and attack and chase all the fish in my tank including my innocent pleco and corys.

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Miquel - 2009-03-07
I have two red-tail tinfoil barbs (9") in a 55-gallon community tank with one large oscar (12"), one clown loach (6.5") and two striped raphael catfish (6"). Because of the occasional racing they do in the middle of the night I placed my aquarium far, far away from the bedroom, all the way in the dining room.

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