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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-29-2002, 04:53 AM Thread Starter
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Hi,

I am just wondering,

I want to keep a bristlenose pleco in my 29 gallon. He will be along with 7 dwarf rainbow fish, a paradise fish, and a bunch of plants! (I will be adding a liquid fertilizer for plant growth)

I was thinking of the following plants.

amazon sword
red ludwiga
anubias nana
java moss


I have heard these guys tear plants to bits. I really want to keep one in this tank so any comments?

thanks

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thanks man!

Have you had expierence with tiger barbs? Do they eat plants, I really want to keep them too.

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Have you ever kept tiger barbs before Kit??? They are some fierce fish. Man they will tear fish fins apart no matter howbig they are. Well atleast that is my experience with them.

I have never kept them with live plants though so I can't answer your question on that. :sad:

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I agree. Tiger barbs are fin nippers, and as you say they will even take on fish many times their size. They are particularly bad with fish that have long flowing fins such as bettas, fancy guppies, and angle fish among others.

You might get lucky and get some peacful ones, but I wouldn't count it. Its too bad, there are a very hardy fish that are colorful and fun to watch. I have had them in a tank with other fish before, but only with fish that were fast swimming and had realitively short fins.

When I had them, I too only had plastic plants, but I can't recall reading anywhere that they will damage plants.
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I had a 20 gallon long tank with 9 tiger barbs and a plecostamous. It was with regular gravel and plastic plants. Ya, there crazy fish!! I just am afraid to keep them with live plants. I have spent so much time with getting this tank ready. I think I will go with Zebra Danios instead. There crazy too!!

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