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How Should I Add These Fish?

Hey, I'm planning on getting four Tiger Barbs, six Rummy Nose Tetras, and three Peppered Cory's. I need to know what should I add first to avoid the most problems. I know Tiger Barbs are notorious for fin nipping and I know that the Rummy Nose Tetra's are some what sensitive. I'm thinking I'll add the Peppered Cory's first, then the Rummy Nose Tetras, and finally the Tiger Barbs. Does this sound good or should I add them in another order? Thanks in advance.
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Tiger barbs don't nip unless they are in groups too small. I had 6, lost 3 over the last few months, and the remaining 3 have never once nipped another fish (and all of their tank mates are much smaller than them) that I have seen.

I have also been told rummy nose are very sensitive (none of the LFS guarantee them). I have had a school of them in a different tank that went wholly ignored for a long time (months) and only lost one fish. I have also been told the red in their head is an indicator of water quality or their health in general. It may take a few days for them to redden up.

I am not a fan of cories, other than dwarfs, and have never kept them.

All in all, I don't think it really is going to matter how you add them. Just make sure your acclimate the rummies very well and you shouldn't have any problems. Acclimate them all well, but I think the other two fish may be a little more forgiving.
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Tiger barbs don't nip unless they are in groups too small. I had 6, lost 3 over the last few months, and the remaining 3 have never once nipped another fish (and all of their tank mates are much smaller than them) that I have seen.

I have also been told rummy nose are very sensitive (none of the LFS guarantee them). I have had a school of them in a different tank that went wholly ignored for a long time (months) and only lost one fish. I have also been told the red in their head is an indicator of water quality or their health in general. It may take a few days for them to redden up.

I am not a fan of cories, other than dwarfs, and have never kept them.

All in all, I don't think it really is going to matter how you add them. Just make sure your acclimate the rummies very well and you shouldn't have any problems. Acclimate them all well, but I think the other two fish may be a little more forgiving.
I'm not a fan of cories either. I'd rather have oto's any day, but petsmart and my LFS don't have any.
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cories and otos feed on completely different things, so you COULD have both I personally love cories, though. Funny fish, lotsa personality. I've got 6 pandas in my tank that are just as entertaining as my rams. The otos kind of fade into the background in comparison.

I'd say the order you are thinking should work out fine. I'd give the rummies a week or so to get comfortable before adding the tigers, if I were you. They can be skittish at first.
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I agree give the rummies a week or so to get comfortable before adding the tigers, and if they start giving you rummies problems take out the pack leader for a few day or until they remake there pecking order and add him again. I will keep the tigers busy fighting with each other and give you rummies more time to find a baliance. I keep a angile fish with my tiger barbs by doing this until I left for work trip and my girlfrined poked the angle fish out of hinding to see if it was "ok" :*(
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alright. i'll go with rummy's, cory's tiger's
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