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Old 02-19-2005, 02:19 AM   #1
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Tiger barb with rapid growth

My tiger barb two weeks ago was about 1/2" in size. Two weeks later he was 3x his size. I'm not talking about bloat, I'm saying physical size. He morphed into the incredible hulk in two weeks! Unfortunately, he passed just a couple days ago. I was wondering if anyone else has ever experienced this. All my other "kids" seem to be doing great. Any suggestions?
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30 gal: 6 white mollys, 3 rummy nose, 2 german blue rams (pair), 2 red swordtails, 2 golden swordtails, 1 handicap guppy.

20 gal: fry tank of whatever (right now about 30 guppies and 100 white molly's.


10 gal: 2 german blue rams (pair)

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Old 02-19-2005, 02:34 AM   #2
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My ex wife did that. Unfortunately shes still with us Ok now that one was off color...sheesh. Im gonna get myself in trouble here yet.

That sounds interesting...Ive never heard of a fish growing quite thatrapidly. I wonder if it had some genetic flaw?
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Ya know that is the only thing that makes sense...I'm so nervous about buying these guys when they sell them is mass quantities in the chain stores.
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100 gal: freshwater
2 green kissing gouramis, 1 red tail shark, 3 congo tetras, 3 australian rainbows, 1 rubberlip, 1 hippo, 1 green severum, 1 yellow severum, 2 german blue rams (pair), 3 giant danios, 3 silver dollars, 5 angels, 12 freshwater clams.

30 gal: 6 white mollys, 3 rummy nose, 2 german blue rams (pair), 2 red swordtails, 2 golden swordtails, 1 handicap guppy.

20 gal: fry tank of whatever (right now about 30 guppies and 100 white molly's.


10 gal: 2 german blue rams (pair)

5 gal: Basil the Betta, 2 african dwarf frogs
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Old 02-20-2005, 03:19 AM   #4
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[center:226317cea9] Welcome to AA, nimbus46! [/center:226317cea9]

Quick growth and quick death are definite red flags of something. I have never dealt with anything like that, but that's not right for any animal. Are the other fish maturing normally?
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Old 02-20-2005, 01:01 PM   #5
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Yes all the others are in good condition, especially the tigers. They are their normal active selves. I tried doing some research on the web and got zip. All my water levels are normal and within range, so I totally agree with you on the red flag. From just conversations with others it seems maybe he was already sick when I got him. He was very young so I really didn't see any deformities at that time. I will say that when I first got the tigers I originally got 5, but I didn't notice that one didn't have an eye until I got home, that little guy is in a foster home because I didn't want the others to pick on him.


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100 gal: freshwater
2 green kissing gouramis, 1 red tail shark, 3 congo tetras, 3 australian rainbows, 1 rubberlip, 1 hippo, 1 green severum, 1 yellow severum, 2 german blue rams (pair), 3 giant danios, 3 silver dollars, 5 angels, 12 freshwater clams.

30 gal: 6 white mollys, 3 rummy nose, 2 german blue rams (pair), 2 red swordtails, 2 golden swordtails, 1 handicap guppy.

20 gal: fry tank of whatever (right now about 30 guppies and 100 white molly's.


10 gal: 2 german blue rams (pair)

5 gal: Basil the Betta, 2 african dwarf frogs
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Yeah my tiger barb grew really quicky too!

I bought 3 to start with 1 of each type. The striped one was double the size of the others in about 2 weeks.

They were all about an inch big and the other 2 had only grew a little. I felt sorry for them cus this striped one was their size and the bullying was rather varied but when he grew he soon chased them with no chasing back.

Now i have 2 stripey's and the slightly smaller one chases my original one! i dont understand that. My original one has been nipped quite a lot by this newcomer and no i feel sorry for my original one.
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