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Thursday, December 09, 2021

tyger, tyger
Last weekend, I added seven tiger barbs to my home aquarium. I’ve been enjoying them since. (The above picture is not of one of mine; photographing fish is not easy, especially not these spazzoids.)

After the recent deaths, the tank was looking fairly empty. So it was time to restock. I’m tired of the small, passive fish I’ve been keeping; they’re cheap, but boring. Tiger barbs aren’t that big (they should reach three inches in length), but they’re semi-aggressive and very active. So they’re adding some much-needed activity to the aquascape.

I’m just glad none of them died upon introduction to the tank; that’s known to happen, simply due to the change of environment.

I had some concern about how they’d get along with the other fish. The five remaining tetra seem mostly fine, which is a surprise: I thought those smaller fish would get abused by the newcomers. But I guess the barbs are content in beating each other up (not too much so, although one has already lost an eye — before I bought him). The other main denizen, a rainbow shark, seems agitated, but he periodically throws his weight around enough to establish who’s boss, and it never gets too serious.

Anyway, the tank is fun to watch again, for the first time in a while. And that’s what counts. There’s little point in maintaining a good-sized aquarium if there’s nothing interesting in it to watch.

- Costa Tsiokos, Thu 12/09/2021 06:04:07 PM
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  1. “not too much so, although one has already lost an eye”. hmm, I’d like to know what your definition of really beating each other up is.

    Comment by liz — 12/10/2021 @ 08:54:44 AM

  2. Well, in the fish world, it’s all fun and games until someone loses an more than one eye.

    As I said, the eye was already missing when I got him from the store. I hadn’t noticed at the time, and if I did, I probably would have swapped him for another. But once he was in my home tank, it would have been too much trouble to fish him out of there. And I’ve had physically-challenged fish before, so I’ve got a soft spot for them.

    It doesn’t look like the loss has slowed him down. He’s getting his share of the food, and if anything, he’s the scrappiest one (maybe the one who took his eye out is in my tank!).

    Comment by CT — 12/10/2021 @ 02:03:32 PM

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