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I usually do my research before getting fish, but one time I saw green tiger barbs in the store and they looked so cool I got 6 of them for my 55 gallon community tank. Well, within a few weeks, all but one disappeared. A few months later, I got 6 more. The same thing happened. Then a few months later, I got 6 more- this time both green ones and striped ones. And then I happened to read that tiger barbs will kill each other, and possibly other fish, if they're in groups of 6 or less. So I went out and bought 6 more so now I have 12. What kind of other fish can I have with them? Right now I have giant danios (which are on the small side for being called "giant"), black mollies, dalmatian mollies, and a serpae tetra (I know they should be in groups, but I don't like the serpae tetra because they're fin nippers and harassers of new fish. So as they're dying off I'm not getting anymore). I also have two nerite snails and three amano shrimp.
I do find dead fish occasionally and I haven't figured out why. The water parameters are good, but I have really high pH. Are my other fish okay to have with the tiger barbs? What other kinds of fish could I get if I want another school?

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Thanks a lot, everyone. I didn't realize what I was getting myself into, which is weird because I used to do my research. I did some other reading after I made this post, and it seems like people really don't keep them with anything other than cories occasionally.
several of the mollies that I've bought have disappeared, all my neon tetras disappeared over the past couple months, and so did my guppies. Jeez. I never made the connection. I have just been like, "where are my fish going??!!" the parameters are fine, so I've just been very confused. I think this explains it.
So, I think I have 6 regular tiger barbs and 6 green tiger barbs. The color doesn't seem to matter because they all school together. So this may end up being a barb tank only for the future. Are tiger barbs the only aggressive barbs? Could I keep another type of barb with them? So then I'll have a variety of colors.
And the danios seem fine with them. They're so hyper anyway, and they pretty much keep to themselves at the very top of the tank.
 
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