Tiger Barb

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Tiger barb


Native to Borneo, Indonesia and Sumatra


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


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


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.


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


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.


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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