Tiger Barbs originally
come from Indonesia.
They are known by the scientific names Barbus tetrazona, Puntius tetrazona
and Capoeta tetrazona. The scientific name "tetrazona" refers to
the four striped zones across its body. Tiger Barbs are easy to keep and
are very active.
They are also found in a Green and a Gold variety. Tiger Barbs like to
swim in groups, so 8 or more are recommended for a tank.
Males can be very
aggressive and some aggressive males tend to attack their own kind or other
species if no other tiger barbs are in the tank. They prefer bushy
plants and lots of open swimming area. Tiger Barbs are fin nippers, so
don't mix them with slow moving fish such as many of the tetra group, guppies or
bettas. They eat
standard flake foods and freeze dried blood worms.
Females can be recognized by the heavier bodies when laden with eggs.
Males tend to have red on their fin tips. For breeding, a separate tank
should be used. Temperatures should be near 80. Separating the male
and female before breeding will help. Tiger Barbs will spread adhesive
eggs all over the aquarium. After spawning, the parents should be
removed. The fry will hatch in a few days. Brine shrimp is best for
feeding the fry, although finely crushed flakes will work.
20 - 29 C; 68 - 85 F
6.0 - 8.0
7 cm; 3 inches
5 - 7 years
Normal, Egg Layer
Barbs, Clown Loaches,
Danios, Gouramis, Mollies, Platies, Plecostomus, one
Shark, Rainbow Shark, Silver Dollar, Swordtails