How To Breed Tiger Barbs Help

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  1. Mickiemas

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    I've just introduced today 4 new tiger barbs to my existing 3 in a 75 gallon community tank. I'd like some advice on the procedure to breed them from this stage.
     
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    Increase your schools size...increase temp to 80.
    Feed high protein diet...beef heart paste, frozen bloodworms and brine,
    Lots of water changes...20% daily
    Tiger barbs are broadcast spawners... they will scatter the eggs and eat them if left in the aquarium with them. They will eat the fry too,
    I had them in a community aquarium eons ago and they would spawn with out much effort on my part..if you want to keep the babies you need to get a breeding tank and remove the adults after the eggs get dropped. This may literally mean you have to watch the aquarium all day.
     
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    Increase still? I was hoping 7 would be enough. How many would be a good starting point?

    Also I live in Jamaica so I wouldn't purchase a heater I'd have to just work with whatever the temperature is. As it's already warm here. Maybe even too warm sometimes lol.
     
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    A lot of fish can be induced to spawn with a definite change in temperature..up or down depending on where they originate from.

    tiger barbs a schooling fish...they dont choose long term mates like a cichlid. In fact the females may not choose the same male twice...ever. More choices in partners increases chances of successful spawning. You may have luck with 7... if you are serious about breeding them I would have 12-14.

    Good luck, hopefully someone here who has bred them more recently than I will chime in with some tips as well.
     
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    Thanks for the advice. I will try with the 7 that I already have. If I'm not successful then I will add a few more.
    I'll watch the for a week or 2 to see their behaviour b4 putting them in a breeding tank
     
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    Hope it all works out. Come back with pictars when you have some success.
     
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    I will I only got into breeding about 4 month ago altho I've been keeping fish for almost my whole life. Now I've already bred goldfish, swordtails, 3 dot gouramis, Jewel cichlids. Even got some yellow rainbow to spawn but all the eggs kept getting fungus.

    You can check it out.

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    You can use methylene blue as an antifungal for eggs.
    My tiger barbs spawned more by accident than design.
    I was kind of hoping someone who is into the species might give you some pointers.
    You wont get any parenting out of them like the Jewel cichlids. Once the eggs are fertilized they are considered food..same for the fry.

    This guy seems like he has it down

     
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    Yea I've seen that video before thanks. Yea cichlids are very easy basically u DNT need to do anything except clean water. I will have to setup another aquarium and keep the adults sectioned off so when they lay eggs they can't get to them to eat them. Just not quite sure how to tell if they are pregnant I have one female that's looking pregnant for months now I DNT know if she's just fat or wat but she's been like that for a long time and I even put the 3 that I had her included in a tank and did a few water changes but nothing. 20b8437e2a985e88b447759e3c84e3af.9c724ca5cbea8a7239b64e782ed8c05e.
     
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    That fish is definitely gravid.

    Try seperatimg the males and females for about 5 days or so, then put them together.
     
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    Can she be that way for months because like I've said it's been a long time since she's looked like that and I'm not sure which of the others are females will have to check.
     
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    I honestly have no idea how long a tiger barb will stay gravid. Some fish will hold eggs for 10 weeks though.
     
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    I've had very heavy female Tiger Barbs, and they were never like that. She is either bloated or eggbound, neither of which is good. With all the males in that tank, they would have bred her out before now. I would isolate her and treat with Epsom salts.
     
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    Ok I will isolate her from the others for awhile and keep a close eye.
     
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    Tiger barbs finally spawned this afternoon. After feeding mosquito larvae and a water change they started spawning during the water change.
     
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    There is only 1 female and 6 males. Hopefully these eggs hatch and I'll get some more females
     
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    Well thats good news. Good luck!!
     
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    How do you protect the eggs ?
     
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    Thanks. Let's just hope some hatch.
     
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    I put them in a separate tank with a lot of hornworth. I could see them eating some of the eggs but I also saw some eggs still in there after I removed them next time I will put a mesh seperation at the bottom of the tank
     








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