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How Many Tigers?

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Offline Loubaa

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How many tigers?
« on: November 16, 2018, 07:06:44 PM »
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Hi there!

I have 6 tigers and 4 Boesemans in my tank - all are juveniles. One of the tigers - an albino - is particularly feisty and a bit of a bully. He doesn't bother the rainbows, but sometimes chases the green and striped tigers. Will adding more tigers calm him down (assuming it is a male - I have no idea of gender)? Is there any difference in general temperament between the different coloured tigers?

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Re: How many tigers?
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2018, 08:02:41 PM »
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You need another 6 tigers, minimum. With just 6 they will include the rainbows as part of the shoal and nip them just like they do to each other. 12 to 15 is the minimum shoal size for tiger barbs.
Tigers are hierarchical - the nipping is part of the way they sort out and maintain their hierarchy. When tiger barbs are first put in the tank they have to sort out the pecking order, which is why they are particularly nippy for the first few days. If you do get more, they will have to go through the process all over again, so expect more squabbling and nipping.

In theory, all the colour morphs of tiger barb have the same temperament, and they just see other tiger barbs, no colour difference.

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Re: How many tigers?
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2018, 08:12:36 PM »
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I have a tiger barb tank, and they don't seem to differentiate between the different colours.
As with all fish, some individuals are more dominant or submissive, but with tiger barbs I don't think this is linked to the different colours.
I agree with Sue, more tigers is the way forwards.  :)

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Re: How many tigers?
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2018, 11:53:13 AM »
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Thanks. I'll get another 6 and rehome my rainbows as soon as I can. Having said I can't get a bigger tank, I found myself browsing for 240 litre tanks this morning!

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Re: How many tigers?
« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2018, 11:55:01 AM »
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BTW Littlefish, do you have any other fish with your tigers? How many are there in your tank?

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Re: How many tigers?
« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2018, 12:45:25 PM »
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I have a total of 25 tiger barbs, a mix of standard, green, and gold. I don't have anything else in the tank, which is a Fluval Romma 200.
It's the first tank I replanted with @Matt http://scapeeasy.co.uk/advice.htm and this weekend I'll be giving the plants a trim, replacing the moss on one of the caves, and posting some more pics.
Although most of the fish are quite young, when they grow the tank will look full. They are also very active, so I'm happy to have just them in a tank, as there is always enough going on to be entertaining.
I'm tempted to put some nerite snails in with them, as I don't have any nerites in any of my tanks. Perhaps some of the horned ones, to make sure they can defend themselves against any possibility of nipping from the fish.

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