Tiger Barb

Other Tiger Barb Names: Tiger Barb, Green Tiger Barb, Sumatra Barb, Albino Tiger Barb

Tiger Barb Scientific Name: Puntius tetrazona, Barbus tetrazona, Capoeta tetrazona

Tiger Barb (Puntius tetrazona))

Temperature Range: 68°F-80°F
pH Range: 6-8
Hardness Range: 5-20°

Family: Cyprinidae

Species Type: Cyprinids

Tiger Barb Adult Size: 3 inches (cm)

Tiger Barb Life Expectancy: 7 years

Tiger Barb Habitat: Asian Rivers

Tiger Barb Minimum Tank Size: 20 gallons

Tiger Barb Temperament: Aggressive and very active: Tiger barbs are notorious fin nibblers so they should not be in a tank with any fish that has long or flowing fins. Some of the species to avoid are angelfish, gouramis and bettas. Aggressive behavior towards other species can be reduced by keeping the tiger barbs in larger schools of 10 or more. If kept in these larger schools, tiger barbs will concentrate more on internal fighting within the school and harass other species of fish much less.

Tiger Barb Diet & Nutrition: Omnivorous - does well with flake food supplimented with fresh green vegetables.

Tiger Barb Description: Tiger barbs are so named because of their 4 distinct vertical stripes. They are diamond shaped with red edged fins. Recently, tiger barbs have been available in a wider range of colors including red, black, green and albino.

Although these are small fish, they are quite aggressive and are not well suited for many community tanks. Best kept in larger schools of 12 or more individuals. Tiger barbs also prefer strong lighting and sand-like substrate.

Tank Mate Compatibility: Most community fish will work but avoid species with long flowing finnage.

Tiger Barb Breeding & Spawning: Breeding can be stimulated by using higher water temperatures of about 78F and a pH of 6.5. Use only the best specimens for breeding.

Determining Tiger Barb Sex: Males tend to have more vivid coloration.

Aquarium Region: All over

Tiger Barb Diseases: None specific to species.

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