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    I think I know the answer but do you think a school of tiger barbs would work with my sevs?

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    For dinner when the severums grow up :) But seriously, you'd need at least eight tiger barbs for peace, with more, better, since lesser numbers would pick at the severums.

    I'm aware your tank is a 55 gallon, so build your tiger barb school slowly, two one week, two more the next, and so on until your school is built. The time between additions allows the Nitrifying bacteria to procreate sufficiently to process the additional ammonia produced by the new fishes. It actually takes two weeks for a Nitrifying bacteria colony to double at 77 degrees. It'd be better to add two barbs every other week for that reason, but since store bought tiger barbs are pretty small, a week between additions shouldn't be a problem.

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    Thanks dave, I really didnt figure they would work at all since they are fin nippers but I think a school of 8 would look awesome in my tank.
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    I think it could work, but like Dave said, make sure you have enough of them so they leave the sevs alone. I keep rosy barbs as dithers in with my sevs (and the rest of the CA/SAs I have).
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    Well I ran it by my wife since our tank is in the living room I like to make sure she likes the set up too and she likes the looks of the tigers so that is the plan. I think I will get a 1 or 2 pictus cats for bottom dwellers and then we will have a nice full tank again.
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    I'd get 2 as they are social creatures, but do watch out for aggression. I've got 4 in my 75g and they can beat on each other every now and then. Nothing serious, but something to be aware of.
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    Thanks for the heads up Lab Rat I knew about the social but didnt know about aggression.
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    Yeah, when they squabble, they swim along side each other slamming into the other. Sometimes there are scrapes or torn fins, but they seem to work it out amongst themselves. I try to give plenty of hiding spots for each one to cut down on that.
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    I had 9 tiger bards in with my Severum (back when he was 6") and it did not go well for the barbs. When ever the barbs would fight the severum would pick off the loser and shake him/her to death. My Severum also killed 3 Kribensis, but seems ok with my firemouths and festivum that are all smaller then he is.
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    Wow, that's a really aggressive sev. Mine are with rosy barbs and SAEs and I haven't had a problem at all.
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