Tank mates for Tiger Barbs

Noobie

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Pretty sure that's the case vin...the tigers and pandas have apparently segregated themselves, although curiosity occasionally gets the better of them from time to time, as the tigers will not really chase, but "follow" the pandas, if and when they move at all. Pretty lethargic fish they are, apparently. Once again the pet store deceived me into believing they'd behave similarly in my tank, as they did in the store...seeming to "school" in pairs.
 

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Pandas can be very sensitive and can feel exposed if not in the right numbers. They will tend to be content to hang out....(I have 2 emerald and 1 skunk cory) Mine stay mostly in their little hollow log during the day but will become more active as the day wears on....Then by evening they are all over the place rooting around for food. You'll have to try and see how they are at different parts of the day and make a determination from there.
 

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Definitely looks that way vin. They're slowly but surely venturing out from behind the security of the bubble curtain, bodly going where no panda has gone before...but with the occasional tiger curiously sniffing at their tails. They all seem to go out of their way to not be in the other's way, accepting the occasional onlooker
 

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Sounds like they're getting used to one another after an initial 'break in period'....
 

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Well there's that, and re-establishing the social heirarchy within the community. They're once again able to display aggression after being temporarily housed in a larger tank with much bigger fish, (2 tin foil barbs, which are already twice their original size, and a mid size redtail shark) and have just recently been placed back in their original home.
 

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cosmic dust said:
Hi!
I have a 20 gallon tank with 5 tiger barbs. I figue I still have room for maybe one more fish? Any ideas? I thought about a red-tailed shark but I'm a bit concerned about him jumping out where the filter goes into the tank.
a pleco, ghost shrimp, cherry barbs , gouramis might work, almost anything maybe
 

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I too heard the rumors of the jumping abilities of the redtail shark. I started out with 4 tiger barbs and a redtail in a 10 gallon tank, but later moved the RTS into a 29 gallon rig. In neither setting has the shark tried to "escape", which could be partly due to the demeanor of this particular fish in general. However, I have yet to observe the shark near the top of the tank, unless she's chasing my tin foil barbs away from her "hideout". So I haven't observed an escapist behavior from MY RTS in the 3 months I've had it. But just to be on the safe side, I've also draped a dark colored towel over the filter openings in the hood, possibly camouflaging the edges of the opening.

As for other mate suggestions, a tank cleaning pleco, or a small school of corys. Virtually any non-aggressive species that catches your eye, with the exception of any long finned fish (i.e. angels) would do nicely. Personally, I have a pair of panda corys in a 10 gal setup with 4 tigers.
 

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I would get a multiple barbs and just have one big school of barbs that would be so cool. I wish i could have a huge school of barbs.
 
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