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Old 02-16-2014, 12:35 PM   #1
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Smile Kribs & Tiger Barbs?

I have an empty 20g tall that needs fish!!
Am planning on this being a very low tech planted tank & as far as stocking goes I'd like 1 Pr Kribs, 8-10 Tiger Barbs & some Nerites & Ghost Shrimp. Am thinking Barbs could handle a breeding pr of Kribs so that takes care of top, mid & bottom levels. And some Ghost Shrimp & Nerites because I need some sort of "clean up crew" that will work with Kribs & not compete with their bottom level space (will have filtration for 30g). I've always wanted to try Tiger Barbs and am thinking this would be a good combo & help with the fry population when the time comes as well. Thoughts??
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Old 02-16-2014, 01:12 PM   #2
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Tiger barbs need a bigger space, especially that many
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Old 02-16-2014, 01:33 PM   #3
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It's not gonna work in a 20 tall in a 20 long maybe. I would only do a krib pair in a 20 tall though.
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Old 02-16-2014, 01:39 PM   #4
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Why is a 20g too small for only 10 Tiger Barbs?
20g tall tank foot print too small for 1 PR of Kribs? What's the difference in the foot print size between the tall & long?
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Old 02-16-2014, 01:41 PM   #5
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The 20 tall is good for a krib pair. The 20 tall is only 24 inches the 20 long is 30 inches long. The tiger barbs need a longer tank they are very active and Ned extra swimming space.
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Old 02-16-2014, 02:40 PM   #6
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Thanks for the info!! Would 5 Tiger Barbs work, maybe? If not, any suggestions on some sort of dither fish that could handle the Kribs Dr Heckle & Mr Hyde personalities? I always liked the Tiger's frisky but non lethal behavior & their color!
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Old 02-16-2014, 03:14 PM   #7
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I wouldn't do it in a 20 tall I would just do a krib pair with no tankmates. Or you could go for a community setup with a different type of barb like cherrys.
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Just trying to understand your reasoning here. May need to trade my tank & stand for the long version for I can have enough room!
I successfully kept a breeding pair of Angels in this tank without any other tank mates. The Angel's I understand being alone together but not the Krib's. The Krib's are terrors when breeding & raising fry like most Cichlids but are less than half the size of the Angel fish, that's why I was just going with them and a pretty fast type of dither fish. Some years back I had a pair breeding in a 29g tank and they didn't claim even half of the tanks foot print, that's why I was thinking I could use my 20g tall.
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Old 02-16-2014, 04:47 PM   #9
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Well the thing is its not really about the kribs in the 20 tall that's the issue. It's the tiger barbs they are very active and need swimming space. I think you could possibly do kribs and maybe zebra danios in a 20 tall.
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If you like the look if tigers? Try hexazona(5 banded) barbs, 8 or do could prob hang with kribs? What do you think j?
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