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untill a couple of months ago I had never owned tiger barbs, as I was always told they were nippy and aggressive.
one of my friends did have some and I remember once we added some neons and they were instantly devoured up by the barbs, it was spectacular - so I believed the reputation.
I have discoverd that these fish are harmless really, I still wouldn't add them to small neons, but they get chased around by a male platty.
I have owned angelfish which were worse than these, yet when I was buying them the girl in the shop told me they should be kept on their own - imagine that, a tank with just tiger barbs - who would want that?
she was wrong!, they are great, they bring colour and movement, I bought 4 so they can shoal and also to reduce nipping by keeping them active, and it seems to be working as they never fin nip - even the small angelsfish that share their tank.

This is just my experience with them, what have you guys found?
 

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I Have No Fish but I Have Japanese Girls On My Ava
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I categorize Tiger Barbs as community fish, regardless of their agression. They do look great in a pack, but I use them mainly for wastes and snails reduction. Depending on size, they can be housed in with Ps, but to an extent.
 

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I think they are at the same level as serpae tetra's and similar: good community fish, but not to be kept with long-finned fish like gourami's, discus or angelfish, because of their occasional fin-nipping habit.

If you're looking a very similar looking fish, minus the fin-nipping, get some fivebanded barbs. They look almost the same, but are completely harmless.
 

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i have owned tiger barbs 4regular and two albinos but they succomed to the good ol tank cyclin but they are pretty cool fish.
 

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Good to know
 
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