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tiger barbs not shoaling

i have ten tiger barbs in a 75 gallon tank and instead of shoaling there kind of spreading out. is this normal behavior?
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Some shoaling fish shoal when they feel a little nervous while others shoal tightly more often. Perhaps the barbs are comfortable in your tank and that's why they're spreading out and really there's nothing you can do about it unless you want to scare them often so they shoal heh (not recommended). So it's normal
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how many do you have in there? What other fish are with them?

I have 10 in my 125g and they school beautifully! they are always in a tight group.


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If you do not have fish in your tank that shoaling fish feels is a threat, then they do not shoal as often or as tightly. Schooling/shoaling fish do so as a form of protection in the wild. ie there is security in numbers. In the aquarium, you need to mimic the illusion of threat for most to school.
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i have 10 neons and some rams so i guess they dont see a reason to have to shoal for safety
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how many barbs do you have?


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The OP has 10, where I had about 8, and mine were in a 45 gallon tank. The first week or so they stayed pretty well together, but as they got totally acclimated they started spreading out a lot more. When eating, they ate "family style" - all together, lots of interaction among them. But, after dessert and coffee they went back to being all spread out. I think snoopy65 is right.

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My tigers didn't shoal that well, I had 15 in a 45. I added 2 bosami rainbow fish and they pretty much shoal all the time now, even though the rainbows never mess with them.
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Tigers school pretty tightly. A trick I notice is to increase water flow.


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