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Old 05-18-2012, 06:41 PM   #1
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pregnant tiger barbs?

Hey guys i have 5 tiger barbs, 3 of which are females and 2 males. Both females have an abnormally large stomach and i was wondering if they are bearing eggs? I feed them every two days and the diet consists of flake food, pellets, and frozen brine so i dont think overfeeding is the problem? Any suggestions? And if i need some better pictures let me know.Click image for larger version

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Old 05-18-2012, 07:03 PM   #2
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They look like it to me, but you can always feed de-shelled peas just to make sure they aren't bloated. Just in case, but they definitely look preggers to me lol
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ok ill try the de-shelled peas. i was also thinking about fasting them for a few days to see if their stomachs changed size. But if they are going to have babies, i dont know where to even begin to care for them? what should i do? and what kind of area would the eggs be laid? what do they look like? sorry i dont know much about that.
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ok ill try the de-shelled peas. i was also thinking about fasting them for a few days to see if their stomachs changed size. But if they are going to have babies, i dont know where to even begin to care for them? what should i do? and what kind of area would the eggs be laid? what do they look like? sorry i dont know much about that.
Sorry, I forgot to mention to boil the peas until they become soft. I've microwaved them before though. I honestly don't have any experience breeding fish, at least not yet lol hopefully someone else can chime in there.
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Old 05-18-2012, 11:39 PM   #6
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Breeding Tiger barbs

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ok ill try the de-shelled peas. i was also thinking about fasting them for a few days to see if their stomachs changed size. But if they are going to have babies, i dont know where to even begin to care for them? what should i do? and what kind of area would the eggs be laid? what do they look like? sorry i dont know much about that.
Just to be clear, your tiger barbs are not "pregnant" but are filled with unfertilized eggs. The eggs won't be fertilized until she breeds with a male. The eggs are fertilized outside the body.
That being said, if you have them in a community tank, the eggs will most likely be eaten if you are lucky enough to get them to spawn. Purposeful spawning of tiger barbs needs to be done in a separate tank with the fish by themselves.
If you would like a more thorough explaination of breeding them, you can PM me. If you do not have the extra tanks, I wouldn't be concerned about it. The fish can hold the eggs without breeding so it's not an issue.
Hope this helps
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