I wanted something a little different so I decided to have a tank focused on barbs. Does anyone have any barb suggestions? There's more than I thought! I don't know which ones to choose or how many I can choose, presuming that I need to have at least 5 to a school?
What do you think my tank theme should be? Planted? I was thinking sparingly planted because barbs probably need a lot of swimming space. They look like they're fast swimming fish. I think barbs are from South America so I was thinking on doing that...like driftwood in the center with moss or fern attached and then some plants around the edges of the tank?
If I have fish in the bottom section of the tank which do you think would be a good match?
40 gallon long barb tank
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I just tried out a hypothetical barb tank on AqAdvisor for you - 5 black ruby, 5 snakeskin, 5 denison and that's supposedly fully stocked for a 40 long. If you wanted cories I think you'd probably have to lower the stock to 2 species of barbs.