Black Ruby Barb Experiences?

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Hey all,

I was curious if anyone has positive experiences keeping black ruby barbs or other barbs in a peaceful community tank? I am considering adding some to my 75G with silver dollars, pearl gouramis, cories, and a rainbow shark. I have kept a school of tiger barbs previously and they brutalized everyone else in my tank and I had to donate the tigers away. I have heard other barbs are less aggressive with the fin-nipping, but can anyone confirm with these fellas?
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Most barbs are fin nippers, that being said in schools of 8+ that behavior is diluted. And they tend to nip the fins of longer finned fish. And the only thing I can see is the modified pelvic fins (Feelers) on the gourami.
 
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I've got a couple of Black Ruby Barbs in a 65 gal. Barb grow out tank. Tankmates include Tigers, Filament, Tinfoil Barbs & YoYo Loaches.
No noticeable aggression problems with any of the Barbs.
The Black Rubies look to be a little more docile than the Tigers.
IMO, no problems including them in your community. Look at the Dawkinsia Filamentosa barbs before going for the Rubies. They are awsome barbs.
 
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Yes the feelers on my gouramis are my primary concern, they are pretty long so I worry about it. I have just enough space for 8 barbs, but I am still worried about the fin-nipping. I had a Electric Blue Acara and he nipped my silver dollars fins down completely. I am bit paranoid of it now.
Anything with traces of red/bright orange in the tail-fin of the fish is a no go, so the Dawkinsias I'm not sure of. Rainbow shark goes wild if anything with a red tail-fin walks in.
 
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I understand your concerns regarding fin nipping. I'd take Filamentosas over the Rubies any day. A much more flashy fish. Given enough room, the Filament Barbs should be able to out swim any fish in your tank.
They are a Riverine species & are constantly on the move.
 
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The males can be a bit boisterous but I'd say they are great.
 
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I'll add the Filamentosas to the list of fun fish to get, but the male's red fins won't work with the shark. Otherwise they would be great. I wish the shark wasn't so limiting. Thank you for the suggestion though!
 
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I have no idea what my rainbow thinks of a completely red fish. I'll show him a picture of a cherry barb and see what he thinks.
 
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