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Hi,

I am currently planning my 28 gallon tank and need to know if I can have a school of serpae tetra and tiger barbs in the same tank without conflict.

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Both species are notorious nippers but need to be kept in proper numbers to keep the nipping confined within the species. Generally it is recommended that you keep at least 5 Tiger Barbs and I'd recommend at least 6-7 Serpaes. You may still get some nipping between the 2 but I wouldn't expect it would be too much. Generally Tetras that are kept in a large enough group tend to leave everyone else alone.
Are you planning on making this tank well planted?
 

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In my experience Serpae tetras really only nipped around during feeding time. I would think that both would be O.K in a well planted tank.
 

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Well a 28gal tank is 30" long standard I would think long as the numbers are right there should not be a problem. I use to keep 15 tiger barbs and 15 Serpae tetras but this was in a 150gal tank I never seen any sign of fin nipping at all maybe chasing but nothing else.
 

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thye shoul dbe compatible,, the more serpas u have the better though, for a 28 gallon, you can should get at least 12 serpas
 

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I use to keep 15 tiger barbs and 15 Serpae tetras but this was in a 150gal tank I never seen any sign of fin nipping at all maybe chasing but nothing else.

That's because you had the proper numbers. Improper numbers and you have a different story. :icon_twis
 
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