Do fish get lonely enough to die? 55 Gallon Tank 

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I just lost one of my two Cherry Barbs. Now the survivor is hiding in the plant and will hardly come out. I also had to put one of my two Rosy Barbs in the quarantine tank and the remaining Rosy is now being chased by the other tank inhabitants.

I am concerned that the Barbs need more family or they will become depressed/stressed and be open to sickness or worse yet, die. I always try to get at least two of each species, but now I'm not sure what to do. I have no problem getting more company for them, but I am already at maximum fish capacity in my tank.

Am I over-reacting? Are the Barbs okay by themselves?

Can someone ease my mind bit. I would rather take them back to the store than have them get sick or die of a broken heart. Am I being silly?x
 

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Some fish cannot make it by themselves. They don't die from being lonely, but the stress of being alone can do them in. your barb will be fine until you can rectify the situation.
 
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