FAQs on Tiger Barbs
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Tiger barb; fdg., stkg. 11/3/16
I have searched your site and researched and haven't found quite the
answer so I am writing you. I have a freshwater tropical tank 65 gallons
which is home to 4 angel fish who are 6 years old, 3 tetras ( forget
what kind) who are two months old, two catfish who are two months old, a
algae eater (sorry forget his name Bristlenose...)
<Maybe an Ancistrus genus Loricariid... a type of "Plecostomus">
he is 3 months old, a black red tailed shark and a Bala shark and we did
have two tiger barbs although one has since passed.
<Mmm; allow me to insert a statement here for posterity (others and you)
re stocking small Barbs, Danios, Rasboras... most all Minnows
(Cyprinids); they/these are schooling/shoaling fishes; NEED to be kept
in numbers to be happy, healthy... a handful or more... to chase each
other about... Be MUCH less nippy toward other fishes>
The one tiger barb continued to get bigger and bigger over 3 months and
recently died it looked like dropsy from what I read.
<Ahh! What sorts of foods are you offering here? This species is a very
eager eater; and will definitely over-eat given the opportunity. Flake
foods, some live, frozen... formats will lead to them being "obese".
Again, a need to stock a grouping of them, and take care in the kinds,
amounts of foods offered>
The other tiger barb was much smaller than him but is displaying
environmental distress breathing heavy and staying at bottom of tank
with whole body on the ground, sometimes he swims up a bit but is
breathing so heavy and almost shaking.
<Yikes; perhaps this one suffered trauma; had genetic issues....>
After the one barb died I did a 40 percent water change, I add a small
amount of freshwater salt and condition the water with aqua safe and
<Mmm; much too high. I'd keep under 20 ppm. There are a few approaches
here. Let's have you read:
and the linked files above>
Hardness 150 hard
I feed them shrimp on the bottom, a dry flake,
<Less of this... try a good pellet (Hikari, Spectrum...) in its place>
and some freeze dried worms sometimes. Looking at getting better live
The fish all get along great, everyone else seems happy and active the
Angels have been spending more time at the bottom but right now are up
and watching us. The Sharks get along great and just control algae.
The temperature is maybe too warm at 29 degrees Celsius so I have
lowered it slightly.
What do you think?
<All reads good; except the flake food, high NO3...>
This tank is new to me my friend used to have it for ten years but is
moving and has handed it to me. I love animals and want to do what is
best for these fish.
<Thank you for writing, sharing. Please do the reading mentioned, and
write back if a course of action isn't clear.
Question about tiger barbs. Sys., stkg... rdg.
So I have actually a quite simple question but I don't seem to see
anyone with as small tank as me.
<Indeed; 22 litres (just under 6 US gallons) isn't a
good size for tropical fishkeeping. It's really only suited to keeping a
Betta, or else things like Cherry Shrimps or African Dwarf Frogs that
don't need a huge amount of space to do well. Only very experienced
aquarists would use tanks this small for "nano" schooling fish like
Dwarf Rasboras (Boraras maculatus) but I'd hardly recommend such
delicate fish unless you have good experience of fishkeeping.>
Since I'm from North-East Europe I sadly don't know to convert gallons.
so I have 22l aquarium (also has filter and air pump) with 2 mollies and
2 tiger barbs.
<Much too small for these species.>
Both of my barbs are male and they fight a lot and the smaller loses
them so i don't want my little fish to have stress.
<Tiger Barbs need to be kept in groups of at least 6 specimens.
Otherwise, yes, they fight. They are very social animals and are unhappy
in smaller groups than 6. You really need a spacious tank for Tiger
Barbs, around 90-100 litres at minimum.>
My tank is only few days old and since I've figured out by now that
barbs are group fish then I'd like to get more of them (2-3 maybe).
<Not in this tank!>
So my question is if the tank is big enough already at the moment
<It is not big enough.>
and if i wanted to get more of them after the cycle (or what it's
called) is done (an article i read from you site earlier had a good link
with info about it), would taking 2-3 more be enough?
Probably i would need to get a bigger tank for them if i wanted to get
more of them.
Otherwise my fish are doing great and they are friendly to each other
(besides barbs to each other).
<Male Mollies can become aggressive as they age, and they also get quite
large, 6-15 cm depending on the variety. Again, a big aquarium is
needed, 100+ litres.>
They swim around a lot, mollies love to nibble algae from the glass and
barbs also love to play when you tap with finger on aquarium glass.
Can't wait for the cycle to get over to get some new cute barbs! :D
<Time to read some more!
…and the links at top of those pages. Cheers, Neale.>