Tiger Barb

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Tiger barb

Origin:

Native to Borneo, Indonesia and Sumatra

Size:

3 inches

Aquarium Size:

140 litre/30 gal – An active schooling fish that does better in groups of 6 plus.

Preferred water conditions:

  • Temp: 22 – 26°C
  • pH: 6 -7
  • Hardness: Soft

Diet:

Omnivorous, Tiger barbs will accept a wide range of aquarium foods including flake, pellet, dried, frozen and live foods.

Behaviour:

Tiger barbs are an active schooling fish. They are often miss labelled as an aggressive species but will only really become aggressive when nervous. If kept in a large enough group they are fairly peaceful and will only squabble amongst their own hierarchy. Tankmates with long flowing fins should be avoided though as they will be nipped.

Sexing:

Males often develop a red spot on the ‘nose’ particularly during breeding. Females tend to be rounder and larger than males.

Breeding:

Tiger barbs are egg scatterers and will not provide any parental care. A separate breeding tank is essential to breed them and parents are best removed once spawning is complete or they will eat the eggs. Eggs will hatch 1 to 2 days after being fertilised and fry should be free-swimming after 5 days.

Notes:

A very active and colourful fish that is best kept in groups of 6 or more. Single specimens kept alone can become highly aggressive. Tankmates with long fins such as betta or angelfish should be avoided as Tiger barns will view the fins as a tasty snack.

There are colour morphs of the Tiger barb commonly available, albino and green are most common. Care remains the same.

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