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TIGERBARBS - 2009-08-26
I introduced 4 tiger barbs into my 50gal aquarium with 3 full grown gouramis and 1 baby rainbow shark. It is a excellent combination, the gouramis at the top minding their own business, the tiger barbs schooling and darting around at the bottom and the rainbow shark hiding in its castle coming out only to feed. I am going to the pet store tomorrow to add to this semi-aggressive tank. I hope they don't mess up the balance.

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TopCat James - 2009-08-22
I have six Giant Danios with four Dwarf Gouramis in a 20 gallon tank. The Gouramis are not bothered by the Danios and the Danios have enough of their kind to keep them amused. I am very pleased with this combination. Cheers, TopCat james

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sue - 2009-08-14
I had silver sharks for some time and find they do their best in the biggest tank you can give them, as well as a group. Mine were in a group of 6 in, a 5ft x 2ft x 2ft set up, along with clown loach.
I think they are a really good mix as the sharks will often be heard clicking when feeding, which draws in the other sharks as well as the clowns, which often make the same clicking sound. Almost sounds like the glass may be cracking somewhere, u wait till u hear it.

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Barbara - 2009-08-11
Hello,
I just found and enjoy your informative site. I am surprised bala sharks are so readily available in stores since they are threatened. I have a couple of them that I have had for years, but I would not have purchased a threatened species. I also have three red rainbows that I read are on a watch list. Pet stores should post this information so consumers can make educated purchases. Thank you!

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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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