Need Tank Mates For Tiger Barbs

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I just relocated my cichlids out of my 25 gallon tank, and now all that are left are 2 albino tiger barbs and 2 tiger barbs. What would be some good tank mates? I've had some success keeping angel fish with my tiger barbs in the past and was hoping to try again
 

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A 25 would be too small.

Tiger barbs really need larger schools to present interspecies aggression. Wouldn't really be possible in your tank size.

I'd up the school to 8 barbs and try a bottom dwelling cichlid species like apistogramma or kribensis.
 

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Hi. Tiger barbs are usually thought as tiger devils in the forums because they can get aggressive with other fish and nip their fins. I don't believe that is true if you keep them in a big enough school (at least 6, 8+ is so much better) and in a big enough tank. I keep 8 Tiger Barbs in a 36 gal and they are fine with 4 Mollys that are hanging in there. I am yet to encounter a single problem with the barbs. When I added the Mollys I initially added them in a group of 6 and the Tiger Barbs were curious for the 1st hour which meant a lot of chasing. After that hour my Tiger Barbs calmed down and I am yet to see anymore aggression, the Mollys now swim between the barbs and the barbs do not even care.

However in your case your tank is a little bit smaller so I would just suggest to go easy and make it an only species tank.
I would suggest to just add more tiger barbs and make it an only species tank. I would just up the school to 10-12 barbs an leave it like that. You can get more albino barbs, more tiger barbs or more green barbs, does not matter, they will still school together.
 
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What about something like a few neon tetras? Do you think I could get a school of about 5 neons and 8 barbs?

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Hi. Tiger barbs are usually thought as tiger devils in the forums because they can get aggressive with other fish and nip their fins. I don't believe that is true if you keep them in a big enough school (at least 6, 8+ is so much better) and in a big enough tank. I keep 8 Tiger Barbs in a 36 gal and they are fine with 4 Mollys that are hanging in there. I am yet to encounter a single problem with the barbs. When I added the Mollys I initially added them in a group of 6 and the Tiger Barbs were curious for the 1st hour which meant a lot of chasing. After that hour my Tiger Barbs calmed down and I am yet to see anymore aggression, the Mollys now swim between the barbs and the barbs do not even care.

However in your case your tank is a little bit smaller so I would just suggest to go easy and make it an only species tank.
I would suggest to just add more tiger barbs and make it an only species tank. I would just up the school to 10-12 barbs an leave it like that. You can get more albino barbs, more tiger barbs or more green barbs, does not matter, they will still school together.
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You could do 6 neons and 8 barbs. Temperature requirements are a little off but it wouldn't be horrrific. Just doesn't make for a terribly exciting tank IMO.
 
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MikeRad89 said:
You could do 6 neons and 8 barbs. Temperature requirements are a little off but it wouldn't be horrrific. Just doesn't make for a terribly exciting tank IMO.
I see, thanks for the help
 

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Neons should be in a bigger school in my opinion. And I am not sure, I have never kept neons. I got 8 catfish to go with my tiger barbs, they are still young and are like 3 cm, this time the barbs acted the same when I added the corydoras but the corys did not seem to be able to handle the initial stress. I ended up netting them out, I will grow them out a little, wait for the plants to grow a little bushier and try again. The first hour when tiger barbs are curious is the most important one in my opinion, if the fish can handle that hour they will be fine, at least that has been my experience so far.
I agree with MikeRad89, neons do not seem to go well with tiger barbs, they are small and their colours do not really match.
People seem to underestimate the barbs, get a big enough school in a only species tank and they will be better than your TV. There are many species that will do well with barbs but most of them would mean overstocking your tank.
 
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I'm thinking I'm going to pick up 2 rosy barbs, 2 green barbs, and possibly 2 platinum or gold barbs (if my local stores have that kind of variety)
 
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Hey everyone, just a final update, I went ahead and got 2 long finned rosy barbs, 2 gold barbs and 2 green barbs, along with a rainbow shark
 

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Rainbow sharks need 30 gal alone and will get aggressive and territorial when they reach maturity. Other than that I think the barbs are ok.
 
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BeanFish said:
Rainbow sharks need 30 gal alone and will get aggressive and territorial when they reach maturity. Other than that I think the barbs are ok.
The one I got is very small and I have a friend who can take him when he is bigger
 

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I would still be scared about aggression, we don't know when he will start to get aggressive and territorial. Anyways sounds like you have figured out a plan for him, have fun with your fish!
 

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C-Foss said:
Hey everyone, just a final update, I went ahead and got 2 long finned rosy barbs, 2 gold barbs and 2 green barbs, along with a rainbow shark
The rosy barbs and gold barbs both need to be in groups of 6+ of their own type. The green barbs will school with the tigers though.
That rainbow shark needs 55 gallons
 

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I was fearing that, the fact that their names end up with "Barb" does not mean they will school together but I wasn't quite sure so I abstained to comment.
 
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It seems the gold barbs have taken quite a liking to the albino barbs, maybe the color similarity is close enough for them. Anyways, I will update on their schooling habits if any others form. It seems for now that the green barbs are mostly sticking to themselves, and the rosy barbs come and go with the school.
 
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Also, I read somewhere that barbs are not very exclusive in their schooling and will school with just about anything, even fish like tetras. Perhaps it is wishful thinking, or maybe just a case of the confirmation bias, but for now, everyone is getting along, although each of the pairs of different barbs seem to stick together very closely and are a little more loosely associated with the other varieties.
 

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C-Foss said:
I just relocated my cichlids out of my 25 gallon tank, and now all that are left are 2 albino tiger barbs and 2 tiger barbs. What would be some good tank mates? I've had some success keeping angel fish with my tiger barbs in the past and was hoping to try again
You could add 10 kuhli loaches. They are a bottom dweller so the bards should leave them alone
 

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C-Foss said:
I just relocated my cichlids out of my 25 gallon tank, and now all that are left are 2 albino tiger barbs and 2 tiger barbs. What would be some good tank mates? I've had some success keeping angel fish with my tiger barbs in the past and was hoping to try again
Angelfish need warmer temps than tiger barbs, so I wouldn't do it.
What are the dimensions of the tank?
 
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