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Old 11-19-2017, 06:18 PM   #1
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Meet Jaws

I have called this green tiger barb Jaws for a couple reasons. First, his dorsal fin seems detached from his back, kind of like it is elevated. With all my other tiger barbs, the bottom of the dorsal fin runs along their back, there is no space. I wonder if he has some DNA from a high fin barb.

Second, whenever I see a battle for dominance, 90% of the time he is one of the two fish fighting. So I guess Jaws knows what he is doing.

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Jaws is awsome.
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Definitely an interesting dorsal fin jaws has. Great coloration too.
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Have you tried breeding him to see if you could establish a new, high-finned strain?
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No. I have never bred fish, but he does seem like a contender, being what appears to be the dominant male in the tank.

If I did decide to, would you recommend using a female green tiger barb, or some other type? I have 6 greens, 3 definitely male, and 3 that are too small to determine sex yet.

I have a big fat female regular tiger barb, and a couple female albinos that are growing rapidly as well.

The tank is a 54 gallon corner unit. Tank stock is:
6 regular tiger barbs
6 albino tiger barbs
6 green tiger barbs
3 starfire red tiger barbs
5 panda corydoras
5 otocinclus, although I only see 3 or 4 at a time

I understand that if I were to breed them, perhaps a 20 gallon long with about 2 inches of marbles in the bottom would probably be ideal so they can't eat the eggs.
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All those barbs can breed with each other, so I'd isolate the green barbs in case his high fin is tied to the genetics that make him a green variant. You can do the marble method you described, but a spawning mop should work as well.
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