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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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Jennifer - 2009-03-02
My mother and I once had five Tiger barbs with about 5 Red-Tailed tinfoil barbs, a bala shark, a columbian shark, an iridescent shark, 2 corydoras (one bronze, one pepper) and 2 very big plecos. They ate the fins off most of the tinfoils, resulting in their deaths, and only one is still living at 13 years of age. We had to get rid of the tiger barbs because of their destructive ways. They really are rather nippy, and can be... somewhat of a hazard to big, slow fish. Keep them in schools of seven or more, and they should be content.

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Jennifer - 2009-03-02
I keep 2 red-tailed tinfoils in a community tank of only 58 gallons. yes, only 58. and they're doing great. They have very good coloring and seem content to poke at their coral all day. The two we have are inseparable chums and swim side by side at all times. One is 13 years old, the other is about 7. They are extremely gentle with the other fish. I bought an Albino corydoras a few weeks ago, and I swear, I was so scared they were going to eat him at meal times. The cory looked much bigger at the store, and when we took him home we realized he was smaller than their mouths and looked like fishy flake food. not good, right? I was watching them at feeding time, and like usual, the little Albino clown was swimming around like he was taking a Sunday drive. The biggest of my tinfoils swooped (quite literally) in to snatch him up, stopped with his nose practically touching him, did a double take, then turned and swam away. The cory just kept swimming like nothing happened. He could have been a tasty meal for my tinfoil, yeah? I'm certainly impressed by how large and gentle these guys are!! If you have space, unlike me, you should seriously consider getting a pair! 8) a very good fish indeed

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sven - 2009-01-22
A lovely fish. Very entertaining and very mini-pacu like!

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