View Full Version : Setting up a tiger barb tank
02-20-2007, 11:27 AM
Hi to all, this is my first post.
I have a small 40lt aquarium with 6 tiger barbs and a suckermouth catfish in it(the catfish is 5-6 cm, I know now it was a mistake to buy him but at the time I got him I was new to aquariums and I didn't knew his final size).
I've bought recently a 125lt aquarium and now I'm preparing it to move my fishes in there. I plan to put in easy plants like anubias and I want to know how many tiger barbs you believe is optimum to put in 125 lt.
What do you believe is a good set up for them?
Do you recomend another kind of fish for my setup that does well with my tigers?
Another question, I have 4 normal tiger barbs, a yellow one witch from what I've read is an albino and a red one. The red ones have a different name or the term tiger barb aplies to all of them?
Thank you for your time! :11:
02-20-2007, 02:03 PM
Welcome to the forum. I'm sorry I don't know anything about Barbs, but I'm sure someone here will be able to help answer your questions :)
02-20-2007, 07:31 PM
The 125 liter will be sufficient for the six tiger barbs that you have, but you'll have to give the pleco away. They get up to 2 feet long!
Also, the different morphs of tiger barbs do school together, so you have nothing to worry about
02-20-2007, 07:42 PM
with 125 liter (about 30 gallons if google is right) i would say you could add a few more barbs if your filtration is good enough. They do have a green tiger barb that is very cool looking. I have a barb tank with 6 tigers and i run 2 aquaclear 30s on it very clear just keep up with those water changes. I would think a tank with all different types of barbs schooling together would be really cool looking.
02-21-2007, 02:28 AM
Ah, tiger barbs are my fave!! :D If all you're planning on putting in there is tiger barbs, then go with a school of 10. If your pleco is a common pleco, the 125 liter will be too small for it, as well.
I've never heard of a red tiger barb, but if it's just a color variation, then it should school well with all the others. Tiger barbs are tons of entertainment. Sometimes their school is loose and spread out, sometimes they are all tightly compacted together and swim around and around one plant, sometimes they battle for hierarchy (I have videos that I will link you to showing this), they are hardy, they don't eat plants, they swim at all levels and take food at all levels. You won't really need a bottom feeder because they will certainly pick at the gravel in between feedings. They grow pretty fast, too. I bought mine when they were about the size of my fingernail. Now 6 weeks later, they are just over an inch long and stilll growing. They are constantly checking things out, and mine have proven to not be in the least bit shy. I even hand feed them, and sometimes they come nibble at my fingers even when I don't have food.
They are not very picky about setup, but I highly recommend bushy plants and tall plants as they like to sleep in them (in that cute headstand position) and chase each other all around them.
I highly recommend tiger barbs! Do keep in mind that they are semi-aggressive, so if you're school is less than 8, tankmates may get their fins nibbled on if they are too slow to get away.
02-21-2007, 03:34 AM
You will certainly enjoy your tiger barbs. I believe your red and yellow barbs (if they arent striped) are glass barbs. I have a few myself and they are red and yellow
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