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Thread: schooling Barbs

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    I know its recomended to keep 5 or more barbs in a community tank. Does anyone know if I should keep similar barbs or can I mix (lets say) 3 rosy barbs and 2 cherry barbs. Or should I have 5 or more of each type of barb. I have cherry barbs now but am considering long finned rosy barbs. My tank can has room for 8 two inch barbs. any advice?

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    What is your tank size?

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    Will help if we know your tank dimensions and tank mates. Cherry barbs are great community fish, 6 of them are nice. I'd say stick to one type of barb in numbers no less than 6, tigers/green/albinos I'd say no less than 8
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    +1 - we have no idea how big your tank is and whether you could do more than 1 school - and some barbs do much better in a school by themselves due to "nippiness" like tigers.

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    You'd need at least 8 Tiger Barbs to cure them of nipping tankmates. With 8 or more Tiger Barbs keep themselves to themselves.

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    I have a 55 gallon tank with 4 oto sucker catfish, 3 females and 1 male molly dalmation lyretails and many live plants. i bought 4 cherry barbs that are quarantined in a ten gallon tank and am planning to add to my 55 gallon tank. Will be buying a few more cherry or rosey barbs on Tuesday, depending on your replies! ( I AM NOT BUYING TIGER BARBS)
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    I think it would be best to add to the group of cherry barbs.
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    In that tank I think 10 to 12 cherry barbs would look great!
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    +1 to phil and mommy, bump the cherry numbers up. Bigger schools are just simply better to look at and better for the fish
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    Cherry barbs are awesome. I lost my females and currently have only males and they are fine together. If you get more, get more females than males to hold down aggression. Easy to sex them because the females are less red.

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