I thought i might update on my new tank addition of the barbs. After the first hour, the barbs are just something really neat to watch. All my worries are seemingly being put to bay. They have not even so much as chased anything again. They Still basically stay to their own, but the neons are no longer phased by them, and the group of five just swim around with in an inch of the barbs sometime , and everything is great.
The only thing i see that is going to take some work on my part is feeding time. The barbs are QUICK! They Seem to intimidate all of the fish with their darting around after food. I found out , as long as i spread the food out over the distance of the tank, they will stay in one spot to feed and everyone else will have ample room to get what they want.
I do see the behaviors that you are all talking about. Seems as though the molly keeps them at bay. She and the other molly both hang real closely with the group of swords, and the neons are never usually that far away. The Barbs are everywhere , but leave everyone alone. But rest assure, if the barbs get out of line , the dalmatian molly will put them in line!
I do plan on adding another 4 barbs. Not only from the post on here , but that lead me to read further into it. Having one , two or three will tend to bring out their nipping side, so to avoid it , i will be getting 4 more shortly...