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Old 09-19-2006, 10:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Are tiger barbs ok to keep in a planted tank? i'm thinking about adding a dozen or so to my 75, would it be a disaster?
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The TB's by themselves would be okay in your tank, but they can be a huge problem with other fish. They are one of those fish you see quite often in the "Most regrettable fish" thread.

I almost never recommend them because they really limit anything else you can add to the tank down the road, and I don't like to be that limited because of one type of fish.

That said, if they're what you'd really like to have over many other fish, then there is no reason you shouldn't go for it.
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It will be ok. I kept 8 in my 62.5G and i had no considerable problem from them. It depens what plants you are growing in your aquarium but as a general referance they don't go to eating plants unless they are starved. Just my 2 cents .
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My tank will be mostly moss and crypts. These plants should be fine. Sources say these barbs are semi-aggressive. They will be fine with oto's and flying foxs though right?
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Flying foxes can be aggressive so they should hold their own.

Oto's might get chewed up though.
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If the group is legitimately a dozen, they will probably fight amongst themselves and ignore everyone else. It's the aquarist who buys three or four that has problems. That energy needs to go somewhere, if you understand my meaning. One thought: A dozen adult Tiger Barbs would leave little room for much else in the way of fish in a 4' tank. Good luck, however you decide to go.
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They are a great contrast against the green of plants. I've kept them ok in the larger tanks with larger fish like gouramis, plecos, and SA cichlids.
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