Is My Tiger Barb Going To Die Or Have Babies?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish Disease' started by BeanFish, Apr 12, 2017.

  1. BeanFishWell Known MemberMember

    I have 8 Tiger Barbs in a cycled 36 gal tank. This is my first time with them so I am not an expert on barbs. There are other 4 mollys in that tank too. I dont know my water parameters (no test kit, expensive, hard to find, has to be ordered, it is a hassle etc...) but they must be good since I did a 20% water change on Saturday and a 20% water change yesterday. No fish have died in there and they are all active as always too so again, I want to believe they are fine.
    Anyways, I noted that my 3 female barbs have been getting fatter, a lot fatter than they were before. What does this mean? I dont think they are bloated because I feed them a mixture of: fish, peas, garlic, spinach and carrots so they should be getting enough fiber. I also want to think it is not dropsy because I see no pineconing. Finally, if they were internal parasites I would expect most of my fish to have them as the barbs have been together for almost 2 months.
    Are they eggbound? Or is this just natural? Or Am I just being stupid and it is from overfeeding (lol)?

    Last edited: Apr 12, 2017
  2. wem21Well Known MemberMember

    look eggbound to me! Keep posting updates of the barbs condition, and are there both sexes of barbs in the tank?
  3. BeanFishWell Known MemberMember

    I hope they are eggbound too! Do you also keep tiger barbs? I don't want to get too happy yet because it would be pretty traumatic to make a party and then see them dead lol.
    I think I have 5 males and 3 females, all of them are fat but these 2 are a little bit fatter than the 3rd female.
  4. BeanFishWell Known MemberMember

    Update: I came to see the fish and my 3 females are back to normal, maybe I overfed or maybe they threw the eggs and ate em all, I will never know.
    Probably overfeeding because I did gave them a bigger chunk of food.
    I feel dumb now LOL.
  5. wem21Well Known MemberMember

    thats great that theyre all better
  6. WildEyedDanioNew MemberMember

    Barbs are prone to eating their own eggs,wouldn't be at all surprising if they were pregnant and ate the eggs. If you really want to breed them you'd need a breeding net or breeding tank

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