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jim - 2007-12-11
I just bought a school of nine! I was in the market for a school of large fish to add to my 75gal which previously only housed a butterfly pleco, a Jack Dempsey, and a mutt-african cichlid. I don't have quite enough space for their full grown size, so I am now committed to buying a larger tank for them. But I couldn't resist all nine. When I saw them at the store they occupied only a third of the 30gal they were in because they schooled so tightly, seeing that there was no way I could break them up. Currently they get antagonized a little by the african, but the Jack acts as a sort of bodyguard. On that note I have noticed they do not get picked on (and in fact chase the antagonizer off) when the light is shut off. Perhaps good to note for those of you about to introduce them into a mildly aggressive tank. Enjoy their activity, but remember they are skittish and even their own reflections trip them up. Happy fish keeping!

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Jessie - 2007-12-05
I've noticed that my green Barb will turn a shimmery green when he is happy or being fed. He turns a dark rich black when he is fighting with the other barbs and doesn't want to back down, and will fade out in color almost instantly if my water isn't the perfect condition or if he is stressed. My tigers fade out or brighens up too, but not as drastically as my green.

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kathy - 2007-11-26
I have the Glofish Zebra's, 4 of them. I think the Glofish are neat. My 4 Glofish are in with my 3 Glowlights, my 5 neons, and my Clown loach and everyone is getting along fine.

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janek51 - 2007-11-15
I got five of these rasboras, as well. They were in a tank at the LFS with a hodgepodge of fish, all priced at $2 a piece. They were washed out and I thought they were red-lined rasboras, so I got them to add to my school. Anyway, I got them home and as they colored up a little, I could see they had a gold line. The black line colored up as well. After trying two other tanks where they didn't seem happy, I finally put them in a 20-gallon with some checkered barbs and harlequin rasboras. Then they settled down and their colors came out in full glory. I think these fish are real beauties. The color combination is great, so I think I really lucked out by mistake.

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jenni - 2007-10-16
If you are looking into getting an albino tiger, get one! I think they are very different grom normal tigers because they are not as mean and nasty to other tank mates. I have two with two red fined sharks, platy, guppies, mollies, and heaps of loaches and catfish. So get some! i get all my fish from pets on tingal, they are great and cheap! bye jenni

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Animal-World info on Cherry Barb
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ROSIE - 2007-10-09
I adore my cherry barbs. I started out with 10 hoping to have a nice school of them. However, most didn't survive and I'm still not sure why really. I think it was some kind of sensitivity to some medication.

Currently down to a pair, a beautiful red male and a fat'n'sassy female. They take good care of each other and spend alot of time doing their own thing too. They're not shy now that they have been established for about six months. ^^

They share their space with four otocinclus catfish, a Neon tetra, and six newly added Serpae tetras. The Serpae took a liking to them, in fact and I think it helped make their introduction to my tank much smoother. I believe it is because of the similar coloration (red with black), but it is just an observation.

To anyone thinking of getting Cherry barbs I highly recommend them! They are fun, beautiful, peaceful and interesting fish. ^^

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tom - 2007-10-03
I have a 10 gallon tank and a 20 gallon. in my 10 i have 2 and they have been living perfectly for the last 5 years.

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Anonymous - 2007-09-09
My newly added fish ended up dead. I saw my Chinese algae eater attacking my small cat fish so realized that he is the problem. He was ok for about 5 months and then went on his killing spree of all new fish. Very bad.

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chun - 2007-09-05
Even though its not recommended to have tigerbarbs with angel fish, I haven't had a problem yet! The only reason I think that there isn't any problems is because the angel fish is over 5 inches in size, so they are intimidated by its size. They still generally leave each other alone.

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Jim Rivest - 2007-08-28
I have 3 Bala sharks. When we bought them we had no idea they would get so large. They have grown as if on steroids. The largest is about 8" long the other 2 about 6" long. I have to find them a new home now, as they are only in a 55 gal. tank. That is what led me to this web sight. I also have 1 large cichlid and 2 smaller cichlids. The sharks eat pellets voraciously along with flakes, krill, tubifex, and bloodworms. I think they would eat a quarter-pounder with cheese and fries (super-size,of course!),if given the opportunity. They are extremely hardy and not aggressive, but given the tank size cause me to do frequent water changes even though I have an oversized filter (for a 110) and undergravel filtration with oversized powerheads. We have grown to like these fish alot and I know we will miss them, but a larger tank just isn't feasible for us.

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