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Tiger Barbs Feeding


Tiger barbs are a very common tropical fish for beginners as well as advanced fish keepers.  The video we have selected for today’s feature shows the temperament of these fascinating barbs as they interact together.  The classic wisdom to keep most barbs requires that they be kept in a group of at least 5, but much better succes wil; be had with seven or even more.

This tank does offer the group of tiger barbs in an appropriate group, it seems that there are at least seven feeding off the piece of zucchini placed in the tank, but speared by a wooden stick so it can be removed when the feeding time is over.  Fresh foods c an be an important nutritional addition for many species. I know the video is somewhat longer than most I like to post in this blog, but the different types of fish that take advantage of the vegetable is quite interesting, as is the actual mix of fish.

An interesting mix of Tiger Barbs and Gouramies

Tiger barbs are often said to be relatively aggressive if they are not kept in large enough groups. When these sociable individuals are kept in a large enough group, they develop a soicial order among themselves.  They also seem to become the “kings” of the tank mor often than not.  The video shows this pretty clearly as they are the ones to take advantage of the food as a group, and there is little if any competition from any of the others until they are all seemingly sated.

Once the tigers have had their fill, though the other denizens of the fish tank start to show up for some food as well.  A red tailed black shark is one of the first to start to graze the zuchinni, and then most of the various gouramies come into the picture although none of them seem too interested in grazing the chunk.  Soon after the clown loaches show up and sidestep any aggression by working their way under the bottom surface.  The final feeder is the algae eater, who works diligently for a good feeding.

Zucchini is a very good vegetable to provide to quite a number of fish, the tiger barbs obviously were quite interested, but most of the bottom feeders also enjoyed the treat.  It is also a good additional food for fish like the various species of plecostomus.  As they grow larger and larger, they often overtake the production of algae ont he surfaces of the fish tank and need to be supplemented with other food.  The chunk of zucchini is an excellent addition as it can be carefully controlled.  It can be precisely located, does not break up easily and can be removed completely after the feeding period is finished.  Above all, do not leave any fresh vegetable in the tank to rot, they should be removed after a suitable period so there is no chance for the food to rot and raise ammonia and nitrite levels

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Steve Pond, of Tropical Fish Aquarist, has kept fish both personally and professionally for over 50 years.  He writes regularly on the wide range of current topics that are important to people who keep tropical fish tanks as a passion and a hobby.

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Steve Pond, of Tropical Fish Aquarist, has kept fish both personally and professionally for over 50 years.  He writes regularly on the wide range of current topics that are important to people who keep tropical fish tanks as a passion and a hobby.

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  1. BungaOctober 7, 2012 at 3:40 pmReply

    This is the process that the fish will learn , in time, that hapepns. Sure the first couple of times this may scare, or stress the fish out , as with anything that is new of differant to a fish. Over time the fish will learn that this is a very normal process and will actually come right up to you, as they learn that this is in no way harmful. Always feed the fish when your done a little and this makes them feel ok when done.

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