Tropical Fish for Freshwater Aquariums: Tiger Barb
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Tiger Barb
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Tiger Barb (Puntius tetrazona)

Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Semi-aggressive
Color Form Black, Orange, White, Yellow
Diet Omnivore
Water Conditions 74-79° F, KH 4-10, pH 6.0-7.0
Max. Size 3"
Origin Farm Raised, USA
Family Cyprinidae
Minimum Tank Size 30 gallons
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Overview

The Tiger Barb is silver/gold with black stripes and orange accented fins. They are a very lively, playful fish that prefers to be in schools.

They prefer a well-planted tank of at least 30 gallons with soft, slightly acidic water. Rocks and driftwood can be added to the aquarium, but leave plenty of space for swimming. The Tiger Barb is a very active fish that may pester or even nip the fins of larger, slower moving fish.

It is best, when trying to breed the Tiger Barb, to house a number of Barbs in the same aquarium until they pair off. After a pair has developed, the female will lay the eggs and the male will follow behind to fertilize. The fry will be free-swimming after about 5 days. Feed the fry newly hatched brine shrimp until large enough to accept crushed flake food.

The Tiger Barb needs to be fed a variety of foods including vegetables as well as meaty foods. Feed a quality flake food as well as live and frozen foods such as brine shrimp and bloodworms.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 3/4" to 1-1/4"; Medium: 1-1/4" to 1 3/4"

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Customer Testimonials

Dustin L Baton Rouge , LA
Tiger Barbs are a nice fish - beautiful in schools. They are semi-aggressive but generally peaceful. Overall, they are a great addition to an aquarium.
Jason M Philly , PA
If you want an amusing, active, and comical fish, look no further. These fish are extremely entertaining to watch and they never stop moving (very fast). In my experience they WILL nip the fins of all of your fish (even very large ones). Although, the more you have the less nipping' there will be. They definately enjoy being in schools (odd numbers are a must). The more vibrant in color these fish are initially, the more vibrant they will be at an older age. By any and all means, try these little guys they're GREAT!!!
Tyler M Southington , CT
I have 5 Tiger Barbs and they are great. They are very active and a great addition to any starter aquarium. These are my first fish - they are wonderful and require very little care.
Abbey B West Allis , WI
I have been keeping fish as long as I can remember and Tiger Barbs are my all time favorite Barb!
Cooper N Fairport , NY
The Tiger Barbs were the first fish I got for my tropical tank. Two Tiger Barbs and two green Tiger Barbs. They are constantly chasing each other and are very fun to watch. These fish are great for starting and add color to your tank.
Derek L Manitowoc , WI
Wow, a great fish for most acquariums. Very hardy, colorful, and active. The only downfall is their fin-nipping tendacies but is usually only becomes a problem with slow fish and fish with long fins. Overall a very good fish.
Darin H
I have 13 barbs, and they all great! I just love watching them play....I just wonder why do they freak out when I turn off the light...hahaha they are floating and wondering...
Jared C Shreveport , LA
These little fish are very robust and hardy,they like being in schools but will swim freely on there own too.Nice starter fish and will go great with other small fish. I love the red tips they have on there fins when they swim through the light.
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