Originally Posted by Mcgolg76
I always loved the look of tiger barbs but never bought them because of hearing how aggressive they are. Well about four months ago I had room in my 75 gallon tank and decided to give tiger barbs a try. So I bought 12 of them. They are def one of my favorite fish. Have yet to see any agression out of them. They don't even nip at each other. They follow me around the tank and are always in a beautiful school. So I want to know if any other tiger barbs like them as much as me? Let's defend these misunderstood fish. I also wanna hear from people who have bad experiences when they properly stock them. Tiger barbs are active fish that need plenty of room and friends of their own kind
Tiger barbs typically get a bad rep when they're kept in small tanks and small numbers. With less room and less of their own kind to spread aggression they often nip at other tankmates (particularly those with long flowing fins). Aside from that they're also one of the most popular and commonly sold fish to new aquarists, so many people have first aquarium experiences with tiger barbs chewing up their fish in their tiny starter 10g tanks. Sounds like you got a great set up though! 75g and a nice sized group should keep the aggression within themselves.
On a slightly related note I'd also like to recommend pentazona barbs for those who like tiger barbs but don't like their rambunctious reputation. They look very similar to each other but pentazona barbs are quite peaceful and do very well in community tanks.