Tiger Barb (Puntigrus tetrazona) Fish Species Profile
Tiger Barbs are very popular in the aquarium hobby. They are easy to take care of, very active and relatively hardy.
However, this fish is not recommended in a community tank as they can be mildly aggressive and do nip other fish that display flowing fins.
This species of barb sport four black vertical stripes on a yellow-orange body, making it obvious where it got its common name. They also display a red face and red-edged fins that add even more colour to the famous Tiger Barb.
Over the years, selective breeding has created several different colour variations including, green, red, black and albino. There is also a long-finned version of the Tiger Barb
|Scientific Name||Puntigrus tetrazona|
|Other Names||Green Tiger Barb, Albino Tiger Barb, Sumatra Barb, Moss Barb, Partbelt Barb|
|Difficulty||Beginner - Intermediate|
|Best kept as||Groups 6+|
|Lifespan||5 - 7 years|
|Maximum Size||up to 7.5 cm|
|Temperature||68 - 79 ℉ (20 - 26.1 ℃)|
|PH||6.5 - 7.5|
|GH||3 - 10|
The Tiger Barb is native to Malaysia and Borneo, including Kalimantan and Sarawak. They can also be found in Thailand, Cambodia and the island of Sumatra.
Non-native tiger barbs have been introduced in Australia, Singapore, Columbia and the United States.
In their natural habitat, these fish inhabit peaceful, tributaries lined with rocks, sand and thick vegetation and tree-lined rivers, where they can find algae, insects, invertebrates, and debris from plants. They prefer highly-oxygenated and clear waters.
Tiger Barbs will accept virtually any food you offer them. Feeding them a wide variety of foods will help to preserve a strong immune system.
Quality flake food should be the staple of their diet but also feed them frozen, live, and freeze-dried foods such as Bloodworms, Daphnia and brine shrimp. They will rapidly eat up small aquatic invertebrates and even blanched vegetables.