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Hello.

Looking to add some Odessa Barbs or Tiger Barbs to my planted tank which has co2 and ferts. I've had these fish in the past but they were not in planted tanks.

1. Do they fare well in planted tanks with all the fertilizers?
2. Do they eat plants? (my Rosy Barbs ate my moss once).

Thanks.

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i used to have tiger barbs. they never bothered my plants and seemed to do ok with ferts.
 

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Neither of the two ever ate my plants. If you haven't done so already, do read up on Tiger Barbs - they can be pretty mean.
 

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Neither of the two ever ate my plants. If you haven't done so already, do read up on Tiger Barbs - they can be pretty mean.
I was only going to keep one species of fish since my Tiger Barbs pretty much killed my angels and guppies.

So it's going to be either Odessa or Tigers.
 

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Tiger Barbs can be unpredictable. I keep reading horror stories about them even though my shaol of 4 tigers are pretty docile. Never touched any plants and have great personality.

I currently have them with some touchy fish; a paradise fish, glass catfish, bamboo shrimps, and x-ray tetras. They did kill and eat 6 small harlequin rasboras and half a dozen ghost shrimp with gusto. I guess they were too small.
 

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I had golb barbs in a 20 gallons, when they reached 5cm troubles began. They destroyed my cabomba forest with their races and if I did not give them flakes 2 times a day, they were eating my other soft plants.

Finally I had to give them. Later I learned they can grow up to 8cm and are not suited for a 20 gallons tank.

Michel.
 
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