What Are My Tiger And Albino Tigers Doing? Weird Behavior.

  1. KaitlynR Well Known Member Member

    Hi all

    I'll keep it short and sweet

    I noticed the other day, after a nice hefty water change, my regular tiger barbs were doing this weird thing with my albinos. The tiger would come up and press itself right up against the albino, side by side, almost like they were being squeezed together. They'd all of a sudden start flapping their fins really fast, and then suddenly dart away from each other.

    Is this part of them trying to establish pecking order, or something else?
  2. Adriifu Well Known Member Member

    Tiger Barbs can be aggressive toward each other. Nipping is common, but I've never heard of something like this. It almost sounded like a mating ritual, but Tigers don't mate like that. It also sounds like what you said; they may be trying to tell other fish that they should back down. As long as this process isn't too stressful, I'm sure they'll be fine.

  3. KaitlynR Well Known Member Member

    See I thought it was mating ritual too when I first saw it! But I did some research and they don't do that I guess.. Nobody's losing any color over it or hiding so, they seem to be doing fine, regardless :)
  4. Adriifu Well Known Member Member

    That's good. Just keep an eye on them. If anyone gets too stressed out, you may need to start worrying. Make sure to keep us updated! :)

  5. DoubleDutch Fishlore Legend Member

    Huh how do they mate then?
    To me it is mating. Females dropping eggs amd male fertilizing them.
  6. KaitlynR Well Known Member Member

    Do you think so? I didn't see any eggs or anything, though.
  7. DoubleDutch Fishlore Legend Member

    I don't think all attempts are succesful.
    To me this is matingbehaviour.

  8. KaitlynR Well Known Member Member

    Well I guess I'll be keeping this in mind, then! Thanks!
  9. DoubleDutch Fishlore Legend Member

    They're notorious egg-eaters btw
  10. KaitlynR Well Known Member Member

    Wondering if thats why I saw them all gathering around a fake plant and nipping at it... lol

  11. DoubleDutch Fishlore Legend Member

    Think it is hahahaha. McTigerEgg
  12. KaitlynR Well Known Member Member

    Guess so, lol.

    also just did a little research- I guess the male will chase the female around. Egg scatterers. There has been some chasing going on.. More than usual anyway. How curious.
  13. chromedome52 Fishlore VIP Member

    The description was classic Barb mating behavior. And seeing the eggs would be difficult if you didn't have your nose almost up against the glass at the right time, they are pretty small. As I recall, the eggs of Tiger Barbs are quite adhesive, so it is likely they were eating eggs stuck to the fake plant.

    To save eggs, you have to use bushy plants placed on the bottom. The adults have to be removed after spawning is observed. While it is not impossible, it is very unlikely that any fry would survive in a community situation.
  14. KaitlynR Well Known Member Member

    Okay, thanks! I think I will just let nature run it's course, honestly. I'm not too keen on keeping babies, but if it happens, it happens.
  15. Adriifu Well Known Member Member

    The females release eggs while the males release a trail of sperm to fertilize them.
  16. DoubleDutch Fishlore Legend Member

  17. Adriifu Well Known Member Member

    My bad. I thought that was how it worked for them. No need for sarcasm, love.

    I'm pretty sure I was right, but I left out the part where they chase each other. Sorry for any confusion.
  18. DoubleDutch Fishlore Legend Member

    Not meand to be sarcastic !
    Sometimes youtube is a great source.
    I love that hahahaha.

    No problem.