Tiger Barb


Apr 1, 2004
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Scientific name : Barbus tetrazona

Common name : Tiger barb

Family : Cyprinids

Origin : Sumatra

Max size : 2.5 - 3"

Min. Tank size : 30 us/gallon

Description : Tiger barbs are probably the most popular of of all the barbs. The body color is basically a golden yellow, with four distinct black bars.

Care : Tiger barbs should be kept in groups of atleast six to ease aggression. When kept in small numbers tiger barbs will stress and nip other tank inhabitants.
They are hardy fish who do not cope well with high nitirtie levels. Tiger barbs will usually show warning of climbing nitrite levels by hanging still in the water with their head pointed down.

Feeding : Tiger barbs are hardy eaters who will accept a wide range of food. A varied diet of flaked, frozen and live foods is a good choice. Vegtables such as peas and cucumber should be used ocassionally to keep them in good condition. Care should be taken not to over feed them. An easy way to spot over feeing is their head pointed down motion.

Sexing : Males have deep orange-red fins and a bright red snout. The females are easily spotted by their comparitive lack of colour and their deep, convex body shape.

Breeding : Two tanks are ideal in order to breed tiger barbs. One tank should be stocked with at least 10 different specimens. A healthy pair should be chosen and placed in a tank which is no smaller than 30 us/gallons. The substrate should be medium sized stones ( marbles work good ) and large leafed plants. Tiger barbs are egg scatterers and will drop between 50-100 eggs which will then fall between the substrate preventing the parents from eating them. Although tiger barbs are very fussy about water spawning conditions, they do prefer softer water and low alkaline conditions. The parents should be removed from the tank once eggs are spotted. Incubation will last about 48 hours before fry start to hatch. Microworm and brine shrimp should be fed as well as finely crushed flake food.

Comments : Tiger barbs when kept in the right circumstances are bright active community fish. There is also a green and albino form of the tiger barb which should be cared for in the same manner.


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